The big fighta Seventh-day Adventist text that has been in circulation since the mid-19th century has been causing a stir in Vermont in recent weeks.
The book, which purports to tell of “the growing influence of the Vatican in America” and has a global following on social media, has been mailed to households in Essex, St Albans, Burlington and Montpelier. The cover of the issue that went to Vermont shows the US Capitol and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.
Remnant Publications, a Bible publisher in Coldwater, Michigan, was the source of the mail to Vermont. Deb Hall, who owns the shop with her husband Dwight, said she doesn’t know how many copies went to Vermont or where. They will be shipped in the thousands in zip code blocks at the request of donors, Hall said.
“It was our best seller,” Hall said That Big controversy. “People seem to really like this book.”
In Montpelier, some confused homeowners took to the Front Porch Forum to ask why their names were on the mailing label. However, Hall said her company had “no personal information.”
The controversy detailed in the 450-page paperback is the battle between good and evil. Hall doesn’t know if the mailing had anything to do with current events in Vermont, where voters are deciding whether to amend the state constitution to include abortion rights. With 35 years of experience in the mail order business, Hall is used to explaining.
“It’s just a good gesture, a kind way of getting the word out,” Hall said. “We get calls that maybe they don’t like it, that it’s being pushed on them, which it isn’t. We say, “Well, if you don’t like it, throw it away. Or look at it or put it on a shelf for later.’”
Written in the mid-19th century by Ellen G. White, a co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the book has gone out by the pallet over the years. According to various media reports, more than 1 million ended up in Manhattan mailboxes in 2013, and 700,000 arrived in Philadelphia just before a visit by the Pope. The book is available online under a number of imprints.
Some Montpelier recipients complained about the waste of paper and said they would write “return to sender” on their copy and put it in the mail. One declared it should be burned.
Montpelier resident Dave Allin had different advice.
“You can’t ‘return to sender’ on junk mail,” Allin advised his neighbors on Wednesday. “Just toss that scary Jesus book in the trash and get on with your day. Our postmen are overloaded anyway.”