Romans: Authorised King James Version (Pocket Canons)
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As the English-speaking world spins further and further away from its cultural and literary roots, it is good to have these miniature editions of books of the King James Bible, produced between 1603 and 1611. Then England was just two generations away from being a Catholic country and the fairly new printing press brought books, formerly only owned by the very rich, the Church, Universities and other vaunted institutions of the day, to more and more people. Thus, the King James translation became a seminal book of my dear mother-tongue, English, spoken beautifully and with great love in the American South of my childhood. I didn't stumble upon these little books until about 2004 when I started bookcrossing. I was instinctively drawn to them as a lover of English and a reverent user of it. In the late 1990s Grove Press comissioned prominent secular writers or other cultural figures like musician Bono and the Dalai Lama, the religious leader of Tibetan Buddhism, to review the books of the King James Canon for the "Pocket Canons." Though not technically in print anymore, Pocket Canons are still about. All of the essays are preserved in Revelations: Personal Responses to the Books of the Bible, released in 2007 by Canongate Books. The original essays are refreshing. They often bring new perspectives and help me to appreciate the sacred texts in new ways.
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