Disposing of old Bibles...?

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  1. JeffM

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    For the last 20 or so years, my grandmother sends me a Bible a year.

    We are moving and I just can't cart them around anymore. I've had them in a box and mildew got to most of them. I thought about donating them, but she wrote a lot of personal stuff in them to me, so it would seem weird for someone to get.

    I have a Henry Morris Defenders Study Bible (KJV) that I love and the ones she sends me are all sorts of versions. I am not a KJV Onlyist, but I love my Defenders Bible and really don't want another.

    How can I properly dispose of a Bible, especially when it is old and mildewed? I feel terrible that I let God's word get to such a point (mildew) but you can only have so many Bibles.
     
  2. Terry_Herrington

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    I once took some Bibles I no longer use and gave them to a Christian mission that worked with mainly homeless people. I figured that these Bibles could be of use to people who could not afford to get a Bible for themselves.
     
  3. Rooster

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    That is a tough dilima, esecialy if there are personal letters that your Grandma wrote you, that would be tough to get rid of. I cherish any letter ny Grandmother wrote me, and even hold on to an ugly sweater that I can't fit into any more cause I know she bought it for me. She passed away a few years ago, and I miss her alot, we were very close. My biggest regrett is she might not have been born-again, as she was Catholic, my mother had wittnessed to her, and said she prayed "the sinners prayer" but weather she ment it , or was just trying to please my mom to get her off her back...I am easily brought to tears remembering my sweet loving grandma. Is your Grandma still with you? Are there too many Bibles to keep, that its creating a storage problem? My suggestion: the Bibles that your Grandma wrote you a little something in, keep, and read the letters she wrote on special occations. Find a way to salvage the books, and store them in a more careful manner, those Bibles are a valuable treasure, might not be worth much in dollars, but the sentiments are golden.
     
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    Maybe you could black out anything personal?
     
  5. Karen

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    Can you take an exacto knife and carefully cut out the pages on which she wrote? Probably she wrote on blank flyleaf pages rather than text pages.

    As far as mildew, SOMETIMES this can work: take them out in the sunshine, spread out on towels and lightly mist with lysol.

    If they are salvageable, give them away. If they are not, wrap them up and dispose of them.

    Karen
     
  6. Lorelei

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    Below is an organization that I read about in a newsletter. You might consider sending your extra Bibles here

    http://www.bf.org

    Bible Foundation
    PO Box 908
    Newberg, OR 97132-0908
    (503) 538-4897
    http://www.bf.org
    email:[email protected]
    STATEMENT

    Bible Foundation is a multifaceted Scripture distribution ministry, networking with individuals and organizations around the world, to equip believers to minister and feed hungry souls. Using extremely cost effective and innovative methods, Bible Foundation provides effectual ways to distribute the Holy Scriptures and help people look at the Lord through His word.

    We thank the Lord for those he moves to share in this work.
     
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    If they are mildewed, I believe they could pose a health hazard for others if passed on. The early church used to take those scriptures that were falling apart, soiled, etc., and burn them, if I'm not mistaken. There is no shame in this, and it is not unethical or unscriptural to do. If the Bible's can have the mildew removed and you can remove anything of a personal nature in them, then I would say to donate them to a homeless shelter or mission.

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