The main character in this novel is a bright but rather cruel girl named Cara. Her mother sits her down and reads a few verses from Psalm 85 with her,
- 10Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
After that class I went to the staffroom for break and sat down beside the librarian who is also the language arts teacher of the top grade 7 students. She is teaching world religions as background to reading literature. Although I lent her a Picture Bible, she decided that she would not want to use anything but the KJV. She remarked that she did not want to see Eve "petting the lions" or anything like that. No watered down nonsense for her.
(I bet some of you are imagining a rather antique librarian, but in fact, although she doesn't know it, this woman has a nickname among the male teachers as "Bond girl" so I am sure you get the picture.)
She was a little worried, mind you, about why God was plural. Why did God say "in our image"? I just looked at her, and thought "You are Jewish, you are supposed to know these things, no?" Anyway, we discussed some of the vagaries of Hebrew grammar over coffee and then the bell rang.
All I can say is that there is a whole world out there, outside of the evangelical church, who seem to think that the KJV belongs to them. Obviously no other Bible has replaced it. I don't necessarily think this is a good thing, it just is. We need to think of why the KJV Bible is so acceptable to others, and why other Bibles are not.
On another topic the answer is The Joy of Cooking and the quote is,
"We may live without friends;
We may live without books;
But civilized man cannot
live without cooks."
~ Meredith Owen