Bible Covers for Women

Bible covers for women make the perfect Christmas or birthday gift. They are great for keeping your bible in great shape for many years. A Bible is perhaps the most important possession that most of us will ever have, so you want to protect it with a beautiful cover. There are literally thousands of bible covers for women that are stylish and can fit all sizes of Bibles. Most covers come with a handle so that you can carry it by the handle! There are several features of a great cover for your Bible that you’ll want to take into consideration when purchasing the Word of God.

Pockets
When you are looking at cover you want to purchase, you should look to see if it has several pockets where you can store pens, church bulletins, and notes from the last sermon. If you are like many people, you may store bulletins from the last six months in your cover! If the Bible has multiple pockets, this would allow you to keep small pens and small items in one pocket, and notes and other papers in another pocket. Some of the pockets will have zippers so you don’t have to worry about things falling out of your Bible. I have had items fall out of the pocket when I didn’t have a zipper on the pocket, so it is nice to have zippers for the pockets on the outside of the cover. Some of the covers today will even come with cell phone pockets.

Material
You can get Bible covers for women that are made of many different materials today. Generally speaking, leather covers will hold up longer than other materials. You can get covers in leather material, microfiber, durable nylon, khaki, and many other materials.

Color
If you want a fashionable cover, you can get covers in almost any color. The trendy lux leather purple cover is one of the most popular covers among women today. It comes with Hebrews 11:1 printed on the front of the cover. Some women love black, so leather black covers are always popular with women. Women’s bible covers tend to come in a wide variety of colors, so if color is important, you can find any color you want. You can also purchase covers that come in multiple colors, camouflage colors, or even zebra colors!

There are many other features to consider as you search for the right cover that will fit your needs. Many of the covers you can purchase for women are designed to make the Bible look like a purse. These are stylish and fashionable for many women. Make sure to purchase your Bible covers for women at a reputable site that specializes in the sale of Christian products, as these sites often have the best and largest selection of products.

Sexy Stereotyping – Using Fashion in a Smarter Manner

Ask any girl you know and you will soon find out that every woman has a ‘fantasy guy’ that she would dream of dating. The exact type of guy this is highly depends on the woman. If you’re talking about a typical teenage girl, then you are probably talking about some pop or movie star. If you’re talking about a modern business woman, you’re probably talking some more mature successful type of man.

Most women would even be able to tell you the actual name of the guy whom they secretly adore, if you have a chance to ask.

Now here is where the slightly grimmer reality plays in your favor – most women know that in real life they aren’t actually going to date these specific famous and well known men they dream about, as they are almost always out of reach.

No (well, almost no) teenage girl would actually sit and wait until the specific rock star she admires will come in person and ask her out. Nor will she go and ask him out in turn. She knows deep inside it’s just a fantasy, a stereotype she is attracted to – her ‘sexy stereotype’.

Now what if the girl meets the next best thing, in reality? The real life version of the sexy stereotype she is after? You would imagine this can cause quite a positive reaction and she would be eager to get to know that kind of guy. It would definitely give that guy a big head start in the dating game when it comes to meet that type of girl.

This is where you step in to be that kind of guy.

* Figure out the kind of girl you want to date. As written above, different girls have different men idols.

* Identify the general characteristics of her fantasy man, or her so called sexy stereotype.

* Be the ‘next best thing in reality’, as opposed to ‘the best thing in fantasy’ that she currently has.

The best way to be that ‘next best thing’ or the real life version of the girl’s sexy stereotype is to use fashion and appearance to convey the feel of that fantasy man.

While changing your personality is a difficult (and also usually undesirable) thing to do, changing your outfit and personal style to fit the fantasy that you defined is much easier and has a strong visible effect.

Women have a good eye for your appearance and if you have the ‘vibe’ of her fantasy man, they will take a strong note of that.

While this is a powerful approach, there is one simple pitfall that needs to be mentioned, and that is overdoing it.

For example, if you want to convey that ‘pop star’ feel, you can work on your clothes, hair style and other aspects of your look and general demeanor to convey that, but if you over do it you would look like a ‘try hard copycat’, which is something you want to avoid.

The key is to stay yourself but add that ‘fantasy twist’ to it. Do not take it too far – keep it tasteful and in moderation.

This method is bound to spark at least an initial interest in you in the girl’s eye. Once there, it’s up to you to take things further, but you have definitely gained a strong headstart comparing to the average joe she would normally meet.

Saving the Family Bible

The Family Bible is typically 12 x10 by 4 inches. The Bible was most likely published between 1840 and 1900. In the beginning of this Family Bible period the covers were flat with little embossment if any. Later Family Bibles from 1870 are most often deeply embossed and have panels stamped in gold. More often than not the later Bibles’ paper can be more embrittled than earlier Bibles. Paper was mass-produced with more harsh chemicals after the beginning of the industrial revolution. Earlier Bibles tend to be single columned content where newer ones of the late Victorian will be double columned. These later Bibles often have glossaries, maps and illustrated sections in the front of the Bible.

Why is this family relic in poor condition? Family Bibles like everything else suffer the passage of time, but the biggest threats to the Bible are heat, humidity and light. That is not to say that some of these venerable giants have simply been worn-out by use. There are usually many forensic signs of heavy usage such as, food and debris in the gutters, ear-marked pages from heavy use, hair braids to corsages stuffed between pages, torn and bumped covers and finally the general rubs and abrasions of prolonged use. But suffering all this, again a Bible’s great enemies are heat, humidity and light.

The effects of these three conditions do more to age and breakdown the substance of Bibles than anything else. From what materials are a Bible made? First, the papers in earlier Bibles are a cotton, linen or a mix of the two. These fibers are very long lived and as an example a pure linen paper can easily last over 500 years. Later, the pages were pulped using tree fibers and harsh chemicals. That’s why I said older paper is likely to be in better condition because of the quality of materials. Older Bibles may have one or two different papers, typically one kind for illustrations and the other for text. Later Bibles have a change of papers like a model in a fashion show. For example the illustrations, the title page and interleafing tissue, the text paper, the Family Record pages, more text paper and at the back heavy paper lined board where photographs are inserted.

Family Bibles are made with leather. Again owing to radical changes in the production techniques, earlier Bibles tend to have longer lasting leather and newer ones can become powdery and tattered. For the most part all Bibles were covered in calf. There are examples of cloth bindings for Bibles, too. These were the poor families’ option. In late Victorian clothbound Bibles there is a likelihood of poor paper, too.

Hide glue was used to along with linen thread to bind the Bibles. Hide glue is only good for about a hundred years before it becomes brittle. Hide glue also can be acidic. It is not unusual to see the spine of the Bible parting from the glue having shrunk and separated from the paper. Because of the shear weight of the Family Bible, all these materials bound together properly can last for centuries, if one fails the whole Bible will soon fall apart.

With the ingredients of leather, cotton, hide glue and linen we see in its composition that this is a rather organic system. In some ways it is miraculous they don’t get eaten by vermin and pets! Take any of these materials and nail them to an outside post and you’ll witness a rather quick degradation to dust! So then, what can we do to prolong these precious heirlooms?

  • Never put a Bible in the basement, garage or attic.
  • Never put a Bible upright without lateral support.
  • Never leave a Bible opened for prolonged periods.
  • Never let sunlight or harsh lighting contact the Bible
  • Never keep a Bible in either a humid or extremely dry environment.
  • Never keep a Bible in an extremely warm environment.
  • Do keep a Bible at room temperature 68 to 72 degrees.
  • Do store a Bible flat but make sure it’s kept to its form not canted.
  • Do maintain humidity as close to 50% as possible.
  • Do contain the Bible in an archival box.
  • Do store the Bible near bottom of the closet. (Not the floor (flood) not on top (fire))
  • Do keep the Bible Record updated with a note inside front cover with family names.
  • Do choose a responsible guardian to transfer the Bible when you are ready.

Nothing lasts forever, at least in a physical form. Family Bibles after 100 years generally can use the services of a professional bookbinder. With the proper restoration and conservation, this heirloom can reasonably last another 100 years. Use caution in selecting a good conservator and your family will enjoy and treasure your Family Bible for many more generations.