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Her boyfriend just wanted a Bible for Christmas

Her boyfriend just wanted a Bible for Christmas

reagan-garrettReagan Lee’s boyfriend, Garrett Chisum (18), had given her his personal Bible when she was having a hard time. He had underlined their favorite verse before doing so. Later, when the Georgia teen asked Garrett what he wanted for Christmas, it was a simple request, he wanted a new Bible. And there began a three-month labor of love.

Reagan (16) bought a new Bible and then spent the next three months pouring her heart & soul into amplifying each page with illustrations and personalized study material & thoughts. She knew that Garrett would appreciate a new Bible, but that he would cherish it even more if she customized it for him. She highlighted verses and used the margins for little illustrations and personal messages.

Pleased with her work and wishing to share with her circle of friends that she and Garrett had a happy relationship, Reagan posted photos of the Bible to her Twitter account. But the posting went viral. over the next 5 days over 280,000 folks had viewed her illustrated bible and “liked” the post. Many people thought that what she had accomplished was beautiful. She did get some negative feedback. Mostly it was folks who didn’t like the idea that she had marked up a Bible. But most important was that Garrett loved it.

This story was covered by Christian Today in the UK. Reagan’s Twitter account.


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JC Fisher

It’s a loving thought…though I’m not sure I’d want notes calling me “baby” throughout my Bible (esp if the relationship doesn’t work out—he might then want ANOTHER Bible! Yes, I’m not especially “romantic”. ;-p~~~)

[I do like that she used the term “karma” to explain her thoughts re Ephesians 4:32! Interreligious dialogue in action…]

David Carver

Nah, you’re just being realistic. I’m a young adult myself and even I can tell you teenage relationships never work out. ;P

David Carver

I’m sorry, Brother Allen… I guess I was too broadly applying my own experiences and observations. It sounds like you and he had something very special. I didn’t mean to dredge up any painful memories with my thoughtless comment.

David Carver

Reminds me a bit of medieval illumination. “Marking up” Bibles (in a sense…) has precedent.

Joseph Pearson

What a coincidence … since I’ve been thinking about buying the beautiful Bible that she turned into an illuminated labor of love. It’s Zondervan’s NIV Journal the Word, Large Print edition, I think. It’s quite expensive though, and, like many other readers here, I have enough bibles to open my own bible store … So I really can’t justify buying it. I’m looking for a reason to buy this one.

A great story about two fine young people.

Daniel Williams

Looks like a study bible, aren’t you supposed to write in them?I am saying that in response to people being upset, that she wrote in the bible, or marked it up. Proof that some people can’t see the beauty in life, even when it’s staring them right in the face. Beautiful, and so thoughtful of her, to do this for him. The time, effort, and love, she had to have put into it, is impressive. Inspiring.

Father Mike Waverly-Shank

What a wonderful new years story! Glad it happened.

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