Happy Monday and Happy New Year and Happy Back-to-Work-and-School Day and Happy Third Day to Accomplish those New Year’s Resolutions. Wow, we’ve got a lot to do today!
This may seem like a silly post, but I ran into a couple of things this weekend that I fell in love with and I had to tell somebody. That’s you. Thank you…you have saved my husband a very long conversation at the dinner table tonight.
The first thing is something I’ve been looking and longing for. I’ve searched high and low. Tried a lot of imposters. Experienced a lot of disappointment. Because in the land of Bible study, few things are more important than a good highlighter, yes? My problems in this area have been numerous.
- They bleed through the page. Ew.
- They barely show up which is worse than bleeding through the page.
- They fade over time and then you never know what you liked when you read the 23rd Psalm on November 14, 2002 (yes, I date every chapter as I read it – that way, I can cross reference it in my journals – it’s a tiny bit Type A of me, but it’s the only Type A section of my brain so allow me this one )
- They’re very permanent, so every Bible I own from the years 1987-2005 has a page or two that is highlighted with wild scribbles, courtesy of one of my kids. On second thought, though, those are my favorite pages (better than a picture on the fridge!) and so I’m glad I couldn’t erase them. What I did instead was sign and date them for my kids so when I look back, I remember my cute babies and how they upset the apple cart of life in all the best ways. Okay, I digress.
All that to say (finally!) I found the coolest highlighters. They address all these issues and work like a dream and if you are a highlighter by nature, you have to try them.
They are Office Max Erasable Highlighters and they really, really are! Erasable, that is. They have great color on the page and minimal bleed-through on the other side. When you change your mind about something you highlighted, they erase easily and completely. Best of all, they’re only about 3 bucks for a set of 5. Brilliant!
While we’re talking about Bible study, I know I showed you my new CS Lewis Bible, which I really like. However, I recently ran into this beautiful guy and I had to tell you about him. It’s the brand new Holman Christian Standard Study Bible and it is delightful!
I used the not-very-well-known Holman translation last year when I chose the Apologetics Study Bible for 2010 and I really love it. It’s very readable and very accurate. This study Bible is filled with notes, maps, charts, word studies and gobs of other cool resources.
And, best of all, I think it’s the most beautiful Bible I’ve ever seen:
It’s called “Stormcloud Gray” and it makes me want to swoon. Absolutely swoon.
Okay, that’s it for random recommendations Monday. Hope your new year is off to a galloping good start!