Before Christmas this year, I was talking to my dad about a Bible he was looking for: a wide-margin Authorized Version Scofield Reference Bible with updated wording. I searched for hours, scouring eBay and Amazon and hundreds of websites in between. I found some used copies, and I found some really expensive new ones, but nothing I could settle on. So I decided to make him a Blank Bible like Tony Reinke and Stephen Newell have both documented.
I started this adventure at the SBTS campus LifeWay book store where I picked up an ESV large-print pew Bible. I found it during the ETS sale, so the price was excellent!
Next, time to remove the binding. I feel like a heretic!
Brandon can't believe I cut up God's Word!
After I removed the binding, I set out for the nearest Staples. They used a laser to cut the paper! The cuts were nice and crisp, but the way they clamped down the block of paper caused the pages to be cut unevenly. Some of the pages were cut a bit too close to the words, but thankfully the holes didn't encroach so much on the text that it was unreadable.
Brandon was happy to come to Staples with Daddy and help (i.e., play on his Leapster).
Here's my stack of pages on the right, blank pages above, working stack in the middle, and finished stack on the left:
Whew! I finally finished stuffing the blank pages after a few hours...
Now it's time to decide where to separate the volumes. Since Staples only had 1" spiral binders, I ended up with eight volumes.
After several hours of work, I was very pleased to present this blank Bible to my father for Christmas. Now it's his turn to work on it! I expect it to be full when I get it back in twenty or thirty years! :-)