And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” Ephesians 6:17

To use a new Bible you need a routine like I describe below before you start using it. A Bible needs to be flexible so it’s supple and easy to use. Why? Gilded edges. That gold or silver coating on the edges of the pages that gives the Bible a rich look to it. And the gilded pages also make it almost impossible to find verses in a Bible when you first begin using it. A former pastor taught us when he preached his sermons. You know the kind of pastor who has his staff print up note sheets with the verses on it he will be using. With a brand new Bible in hand the gilded pages sticking together are a hindrance. Especially when you hear the pastor say, “Now turn in your Bible to…”

So it seems like there should be some sort of system or routine one can use to sort of break-in new pages on a Bible.

Anyone who has ever bought or received a new Bible as a gift generally uses some sort of a routine to loosen the pages up. I’m sure everyone has their own routine for “breaking in” a new Bible. A new Bible should always be loosened up so it can be pliable and easy to use during study periods or during sermons. In my case I take the Bible and a cup of green tea and sit down at a suitable table. This is my own “new book routine” as taught to me by my elementary school teachers from back in the 50’s and 60’s.

Hold your Bible in one hand and fan the pages slowly in one direction using the thumb of your opposite hand. You fan the pages by releasing a few pages at a time, little by little. When you get to the end of the Bible you place it into your other hand and repeat this fanning process. Only in the opposite direction. You do these steps 5 or 6 times to help loosen the new pages. The pages of your Bible are quite delicate so you should exercise care in handling them.

In this next process you lay the Bible flat on the table opening it somewhere near the middle. You next take a section of pages in hand and turn it to one side. The number of pages chosen isn’t all that important. You could choose 25, 50, or 100 pages. Or you could choose 10 pages depending on how fast you want to complete the process. You take this group of pages and fan them much as you did before. You should do this fanning process several times before moving on. The last, and more tedious, is the process of turning the pages page by page.

Page by page is exactly what you are thinking. , you start at the first page of your new Bible and you turn each page until you reach the last page. One by one. Page by page. If the pages stick together then you gently separate them before moving on. Upon reaching the last page you give the Bible a couple of fannings like you did in the first step. If you are energetic, or the pages needed it, you might repeat the process. We did this in public schools to make page turning easier in our new textbooks. And quieter as well. Once you processed your new text book it was easy to turn to the pages your teacher wanted you to study.

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