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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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February 7, 2012 - Appraisal

By Scott Harrup

After 25 years of marriage, Jodie and I still enjoy our dates, and we recently spent an afternoon at two used-book stores. We like to browse among shelves topically labeled in ways more mysterious and random than a national chain’s corporately orchestrated categories. (That said, we spend plenty of time at our local Barnes & Noble.)

The price is another attraction of used books. A wonderful history book I read over the Christmas holidays was purchased from one store’s dollar shelf. But it’s surprising to discover just how dear the asking price for some titles can be.

On this latest excursion, I came across a stack of old science fiction anthologies and picked up a volume. It was a little battered, though the binding was solid, and I opened the cover expecting a less-than-$10 price penciled inside.

Shock of shocks: $75. The volume underneath was going for just over $100.

I set the books down more gently than I had picked them up.

To me, those books looked no different from the many others I had been perusing in my bargain basement price range. But the store owner, an expert in books of countless stripes, knew their true value.

In the grand “used-book store” of life, a lot of us feel battered, past our prime, and perhaps shelved for good. But the Owner knows our true value. There’s not a one of us He’s willing to give up — for any price.

Too often, we fail to recognize our value to Him. We remove ourselves from His inventory and try to get reshelved somewhere we think will propel us to best-seller status.

But His appraisal takes in all our flaws, the dust we’ve collected, the hard use that’s yellowed our pages and cracked our binding. If we’ll just find our way back to His shop, He’s waiting to restore each of us to the masterpieces He planned all along.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (



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