There was a very good book about Gustav Klimt in the room and of course, you know I had to read as much of it as I could. I like his art and enjoyed this book very much indeed. There was another book in this room and even though this hotel was opened in 2008, I could tell that not one person had ever once turned any pages in this book. I promise you I could tell, the pages had not been touched. What was this unread book? It was the HOLY BIBLE! Recently, I heard of another hotel whose owner replaced the Bibles in his 40 room hotel with copies of "Fifty Shades of Grey". http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/07/25/hotel-replaces-bible-with-50-shades-grey-420750936/ (The Damson Dene Hotel in the Lake District in England and I have a link to the story about it.) Well.
When he said that no one ever read the Bibles, I couldn't help but think of this lonely Bible in this hotel room. Now, here is the thing I want to tell you... it was a beautiful version of the Bible, I think it was called English Revised or something like that. I read the Book of Job, I had to leave this room with the knowledge that someone had read something out of this Good Book. (God's words to Job: "Where were YOU when I made the Heaven and the Earth, when I said to the sea, this far you may come and no further". Really awesome to read this when you have the English Channel outside your window!) Of course, I believe the Bible is more than just a book, it is the Holy Bible and is important to my faith and beliefs. I appreciate the quality of a well made book, the quality of the paper and the binding, and this one was excellent. Thank you, Gideons! I, for one, am grateful to have a Bible in a hotel room.
Exciting news! At least for us, is that we were able to put one of the videos on Youtube that we made while we were in Eastbourne! I say "we" but it was really Richard who made this video and I think it is really good, with the seagulls circling lazily overhead as the waves crash against the pebbled shore. Hope you like it as much as we do!