A Found and Recognized Book

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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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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7 Responses to A Found and Recognized Book

  1. Tena says:

    This post stirred my soul, Sis. Buxton. “God, help us revere Your precious Word and read it daily – devouring it as if it were food and we hadn’t eaten in many days.” Oh, if people would realize the treasure in that Book – the answer to EVERY ONE of their problems. What peace, joy and contentment they would find…if they would just read it every day.
    Do you want to hear what God Almighty, the Creator of the universe is speaking? Just read His Word, for therein lies the words that will save your soul and put you on the path to Heaven.

    Psalms 119:105 – “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

    Thank you, Sis. Buxton, very, very much.

  2. Shirley says:

    Thank you, Tena, for your exuberant response. I love to be with people who cherish God’s Word.

  3. Mom Contino says:

    I like to read the Word of God every day. It is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. -Mom

    . . . I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. Job 23:12 – Tom

  4. Shirley says:

    Tom and Mom, you are two great people. Thank you for your love for God’s word and for sharing with us here.

  5. kikikaria says:

    Mom told me how impressed she was with your devotional for today. Now I see why. I have long admired King Josiah and the revival that ensued once the Word of God was re-discovered and followed. I just read this account a few weeks ago in my bible. I am reminded of the scripture that says, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” (Psalms 119:30) Oh how I remember when God’s Word began to illuminate this unregenerate heart some 28+ years ago. Thank God for a book that can change and transform lives.

  6. Shirley says:

    Good morning, Karen.

    The Bible excels all other books, of course. I never fail to be amazed at its freshness and daily pertinence. No matter how often I read it, it is at once old and familiar, and lively and new! Amazing.

  7. webxperience says:

    I came across a link to your blog after publishing my own blog entry on the same passage titled: “..A Little Child Shall Lead Them!”

    I had read the account of King Josiah’s life before on several occasions and I must say that each time I did the Lord was faithful to ignite a similar passion. Each time I was provoked to search my own heart and reexamine my own walk with the Lord. What was most impressive to me about what Josiah did was that he had acquired the desire to seek and follow the ways of God almost a decade before he even discovered that there was a book of the law to follow.

    His reaction to the book’s contents, once the book was found was even more awe inspiring. How often do we as Christian’s choose such a radical stance on following the leadings and directions of the Lord and with such vehemence. I loved your blog entry and thank you fervently for your willingness to share it. GBY!

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