I was interested to read yesterday of the novelist, who as an experiment, submitted to 18 publishers “assorted chapters from (Jane) Austen novels in which he changed just the titles and the names of the chapters.” Seventeen of the publishers flatly rejected the book–only one seemed to recognize the famous work.
LONDON (Reuters) – Even Jane Austen would have trouble finding a publisher today, a struggling author revealed Thursday.
David Lassman sent off to 18 publishers assorted chapters from Austen novels in which he changed just the titles and the names of the characters.
He called himself Alison Laydee after Austen’s early pseudonym “A Lady.”
Seventeen publishers rejected or ignored his bid for literary glory. Only one spotted the ruse and told him not to mimic “Pride and Prejudice” so closely.
As soon as I read this, I thought of the millions of Bibles that lie around our houses–on our coffee tables, stuffed away in our book shelves, and for the most part, whose sterling writings are unappreciated and undiscerned. A few recognize this great Book for what it is; most of the world, sadly, does not.
The old testament story of King Josiah who assumed the throne at the age of eight years is an inspirational prompting to spur us anew into consideration of God’s word. Josiah followed the reign of two evil kings. Because of his youth, Josiah was tutored by the high priest, Hilkiah, until his maturity. At this time, the Word of God had vanished, indeed had been lost. The nation was vile and fully given to idolatry.
In the 18th year of his reign, Josiah sent messengers, including the scribe, Shaphan, to Hilkiah, concerning an accounting of money. While they were with there, Hilkiah told them, “I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
And Shaphan…showed the king, saying, “Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king.
And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes…
And the king commanded…”Go ye, enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people…concerning the words of this book that is found; for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book…”
Courageous young Josiah began cleaning up the nation–because the Book of the Lord had been found. He make a covenant to walk after the LORD, removed from the temple all vessels that were made for Baal, burned them and carried their ashes to Bethel. He put down the idolatrous priests, brought out the evil grove and burned it at the brook Kidron and stamped it to powder, broke down the houses of the sodomites, threw out the false priests, did away with child sacrifices, burned the chariots of the evil kings, tore down and broke up false altars…and on and on.
Such a dynamic lesson is here for the peoples of the world. In too many places the Book of God has vanished. Oh, many have heard of it, but they have never read it, or even seen a copy. May we do our part to again regard these precious writings, may we heed its instructions, and from our hearts and from our places, tear out those images, thoughts and concepts that conflict with the holy teachings of God’s Word.
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