I've carried many different weapons in my 16 years of working police special operations. SWAT, which stands for Special Weapons and Tactics, allowed access to resources most people will never imagine, but I continue to use the only one that both protected and convicted me.
God's Word can be simply words on a page, or your source of life. You can ignore them or cling to them. You can even choose to misuse them to hurt others or understand them to save yourself.
It's truly much more than a book. As a matter of fact, it's the only book that you don't read. What? Yep, The Bible actually reads you. I think that's why people feel they're safe with it left shut to collect dust.