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Christian instructor prays that thief reads, returns cherished Bible that was stolen

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A North Texas man had an irreplaceable book stolen from his car in front of his Carrollton home Tuesday night, and now he's praying that the culprit gives it back to him -- but not before reading it.

Bible instructor Hank Harmon worked with a disadvantage Wednesday morning, missing the one thing he needs more than anything to teach his students at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison: his Bible.

Along with his Bible, thieves stole his laptop and photography equipment. Harmon has had his Bible by his side for almost 40 years.

"Every time I come across something profound or stimulating, I'd write that down in those pages," said Harmon.

The holy book has accompanied Harmon on campouts, school outings and mission trips, and along with his study notes, it includes photos of all the students and people he prays for.

"It's scary to not have it," he said. "It's frightening to think about teaching and opening another Bible and trying to find my place."

As dear as the Bible is to Harmon, and as much as he wants it back, he says it would be worth losing if the thief opened it and started reading.

"I hope that we find it," said Harmon. "I hope in some way or some time, there's hope and dialogue between me and whoever took it, so we can talk about what's written in it."

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