Wednesday, August 27, 2008

#38 Bible Covers

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Bible covers are purchased almost exclusively by Christian women aged 18 - 94. They usually have a tranquil scene or a Bible verse sewn on them. Little girls often receive Bible covers as Christmas and baptism gifts. In the south they are frequently quilted.

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There is also a market, however small, for men's Bible covers. These are made out of something rugged like leather, polartech, or burlap. You will never catch a Christian guy carrying his by the handle because that's too gay.

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Some Bible covers have covers of Christian culture books printed onto them which lends mystery to what kind of book is actually inside. Is that a Bible in there or is it the book whose cover is, um, on the cover? But rest assured it's always a Bible. Maybe the formula or inspirational quote on the Bible cover is just there to give its owner a sense of certainty and purpose (see #32).

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13 comments:

Simone said...

Do you think the gay strap on the men's covers is a way of God to test people?

michaelstevensrev said...

I love that you have pissed off that guy by being a knock off...I heard christians love bad knock offs anyway:)

Please check this one out. I cannot believe it is real
http://gizmodo.com/5042610/guitar-praise-guitar-hero-minus-the-sex-drugs-and-rock-n-roll

Derek Lehr said...

Hey Stephanie,

Not sure who you are, but thanks for commenting on my blog. I'll make sure to check yours out...like your favorite book list.

Magnus said...

I am reminded of The Wittenburg Door's Green Weenie Awards, back when they still had them. It was like a Razzie or a Golden Turkey for the crassest most commercial things in Christian "culture". Things like crucifix switchblades, useless consumer goods that were supposed to show everyone just how devout you really are and phony, scam oriented faith healers.

Bob Roberts said...

I especially like the posts with a strong anthropological tone like this one.

Some of my peers and many of the adults I looked up to had bible covers. I never had one, which caused me to break the 10th commandment on a number of occasions.

Melissa said...

have you seen erick's?

Ruth said...

Much as I despise bible covers that match the shoes, I think a bigger problem is the fact that Bibles are so obscenely expensive.

When you've paid $60 for a book, maybe protecting it isn't such a bad idea.

Tucker said...

But you know why we really have these? Cuz the Sword of the Spirit needs a sheath!

MotherBored said...

Loving the blog, dude. :)

As for the Bible covers: I NEED ONE! It would be a nice way to hide the fact that I'm reading books with explicit titles or naked men on the front covers when I'm on public transport. :)

Ruth said...

My husband and I saw a couple at a thrift store the other day. We were trying to figure out what other kinds of books you can cover in them and get away with reading. Harry Potter seemed to be the best fit!

I totally had one when I was younger. :P But despite my being a girl, it was black faux-leather. Win on one count.

Obi-Mom Kenobi said...

I think the demographic is more realistically 4-94. Excellent, excellent site.

Anonymous said...

What, no Obama bible cover?


http://www.artisanartsonline.com/product_info.php/cPath/374/products_id/4279?osCsid=353b39323cdc060a3f6c9a7ec5bea88a

Lulu said...

When I was a teenager I sewed my own from green and black checkered fabric and I still have it. :)