Actually, it should be “And the winners are….” We had so many great responses that we decided to choose three winners from each site. If you are one of the winners please let us know if you would like your library on CD or USB (both include the ability to download the files from the web site). Also, please make sure that we have your correct mailing address on your account (you’ll need to log into your account on our web site to make sure we have all your information).
The winner in each category will receive the Gold Library, the runner up, the Silver Library and the second runner up the Bronze Library.
Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry letting us know how you use PocketBible. This was a lot of fun to read and a great encouragement to all of us here at Laridian!
So…on to the winners!
Gold — @PewPotato
Silver — @bobschaefer
Bronze — @willyp777
Gold — James L (winner with the most “Like” votes)
Silver — Wayne Jenkins
Bronze — Jeff Jaquith
Gold — Andy Leiniger
Silver — John Hopkirk
Bronze — Gary Cantwell
Here are their submissions:
[GOLD WINNER] PewPotato @PocketBible on a train, in a plane; in a pew, at the zoo; on the go, to & fro; small & light, true delight; no matter where, Word is there.
[SILVER WINNER] bobschaefer @pocketbible My challenge: to read / the Bible in 90 days / Glad I have PB!
[BRONZE WINNER] willyp777 @pocketbible More reading of the word from the bathroom to waiting room… Hehe
[GOLD WINNER] James L I am a missionary & I use it as I travel throughout refugee camps & remote areas in Africa training pastors who don’t have access to Bible training. Though I would not whip the phone out in public, it is such a blessing to be able to go back to my hut, pull out the phone and have access to a whole bible library to answer difficult questions and prepare more in-depth teachings. I would never go on another teaching trip without Pocket Bible in my pocket!
[SILVER WINNER] Wayne Jenkins I became a brand new Christian last August and needed a bible set I could be comfortable reading. Since I’m a tech guy, PocketBible seemed to fit me to a ‘T’
I’ve been using pocket bible exclusively for about 6 months. I keep adding little tid bits from time to time as my wallet allows. I’ve not been a big book reader during my life, but reading from my electronic gadgets allows me to run through important reading of God’s word more often with pocket bible than I would any other way. There are times when I pull out my windows device and somebody will see me tapping the screen and think I may be texting soembody and I’ll get ‘THAT LOOK’. I’ll have to explain to them what I’m doing after church is over. I love my pocket bible software package.
[BRONZE WINNER] Jeff Jaquith I’m a skinny guy – if I carried around any actual books in my pocket my pants would probably fall down. PB (that’d be PocketBible, not peanut butter) is definitely keeping the scandal out of my life. Seriously, it’s a lot less obtrusive as well to use in public since I work a restricted-access country.
Andy Leininger comments:
May 20th, 2009 at 3:02 am e
I am a missionary in Siberia, yes you read it right, Siberia. I have been using PocketBible in various forms since 1999. I travel about 100,000 miles a year and bring PocketBible on my HTC Advantage or on my Windows PC everywhere I go. It is my primary bible and for the past 6 years I have only used a printed bible when I preach. (I have preached from my handheld a half a dozen times or so) I have 5 bible translations, 5 commentaries, several maps, devotionals and a bible reading plan. I have read through the entire bible using your plans each of the past 8 years on PocketBible. Each morning our family of five reads a chapter of the bible and discusses what it means and how we can apply the chapter to our lives. I use one of the commentaries or translations to clear up a point almost every day.
As a missionary, I am constantly working in two languages: English and Russian. Having multiple English translations helps me clarify difficult verses in Russian and provides commentary and insight with the many people that I disciple. The pocket sized computing bible helps me prepare sermons on a train, look up commentaries 500 miles from home, and even find answers to sticky questions while teaching a seminary class. Many Russian brothers and sisters come to me now and ask: “Andy what does your computer bible say about….?” It has become a resource for me and many other people.
I don’t plan on living life, following Jesus or training others without PocketBible. I can’t wait to have an offline version on my iPhone and one day, maybe just maybe we will have foreign language translations of the Bible.
Finally, when my daughters head off to college I plan on cutting and pasting many of my bible notes that relate to them in a special document. It is my prayer that the notes, thoughts and prayers that I have written for them over the years will be comforting when they are 12 time zones away. I couldn’t do this without PocketBible.
John Hopkirk comments:
May 6th, 2009 at 6:27 pm e
Out of five “bible programes” I have had on my Dell Axim 51v, Pocket bible is very definitly the best I have used in many ways. Every morning my wife and I have devotions with her reading from “hard copy” books and I follow along on PB. I,m enjoying reading FB meyers books at night with quick access to chapter and verses where required. The scrolling buttons are the best for any PPC programes. I also enjoy in-depth bible study with many books open on the screen at once plus it allows me to, with a press of a button, bring the chosen verse at full screen. Pocket Bible makes full use of My VGA screen also.
I keep thinking of all the things that it can do over Esword, Online Pocket Bible, Olive tree, etc. Scripture memorizing, wttnessing with it the list goes on. Im excited about what Laridan has in stiore for the rest of the year.
Gary Cantwell comments:
May 12th, 2009 at 5:52 pm e
I have been an avid user of MyBible since 1998. I have never appreciated it more than a dark day in September 2001…
My father-in-law died suddenly on September 22, 2001 – just 11 days after 9/11. I was out of town and had to fly back to meet my wife and kids who were driving to Grandma’s. The airport was eerily empty that Saturday night. I flew in a mostly vacant puddle-jumper airplane through a horrendous Texas thunderstorm. I had bought my mother-in-law a condolence card at the airport and during the flight I was looking in MyBible on my Palm device for an appropriate verse to share. Thinking of my father-in-law, I searched for the phrase “righteous man” in the NASB and God led me to use NLT translation of this verse:
The righteous pass away;
the godly often die before their time.
And no one seems to care or wonder why.
No one seems to understand that God is
protecting them from the evil to come.
For the godly who die will rest in peace.
Isaiah 57:1-2 (NLT)
I shared this passage in my eulogy at the funeral and heard from many there how God used it to comfort them – realizing that Grandpa was in Heaven now, and was protected “from the evil to come.”