An American Family Portrait
In this series of podcast episodes, I take a look at historical figures of the past and how the past, at times, intersects the present. Today’s episode: A 300-year-old Bible is stolen.
- While I have imagined what it would be like to lose a precious family heirloom Bible in The Colonists and The Guardians, Tim Shier of Marysville, OH experienced it. Entrusted to him for safekeeping, the family Bible was stolen from his house.
- The Shier’s family Bible was printed in Germany in 1706 and contained the hand-written record of family births and deaths for seven generations.
- The thieves were caught, but had disposed of the Bible in a bin.
- Eventually, the Bible turned up. It had been purchased on Ebay, but the buyers didn’t want to part with it unless they were compensated for it.
- Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 171 raised $405.00 to buy the Bible.
- In a ceremony at Marysville High School, the Lodge returned the Bible to a tearful Tim Shier.
- In Book 2, The Colonists, Philip Morgan recovers the Morgan family Bible and his life is changed by the experience.
- In Book 9, The Guardians, the Morgan family Bible is stolen. Is it recovered? Interesting question since it’s the last book in the series . . . .
Other episodes in this series:
- Why I Write Christian Historical Fiction
- The Incredible Power of Historical Fiction
- The Making of The Puritans
- The Making of The Colonists
- Sports on Sundays: Keeping the Sabbath in the Days of The Puritans
- My 13-year Odyssey to Getting Published
- John Winthrop: The Forgotten Founding Father
- A Middle-Aged Male Author Attempts to Write Poetry From a Teenage Character
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