Oh, do I love my iPhone and my iPad. Apps are my friends. The Youversion Bible App is definitely right up at the top of my list of favorites. I use it everyday. Who knew that you could carry so much wisdom and faith in a little app like this? I always have my bible with me now. No longer do I need to pack it when I go to church or out of town. That’s convenience. I have to confess that, in the past, I actually cut a ‘One Year’ bible into multiple sections so I didn’t have to carry the whole thing around to do my daily reading. Before you say ‘sacrilegious’…a quadriplegic figures out how to get around with mobility issues. Physical disability adds a new outlet for creativity. OK, back to the app….
If you already downloaded a free bible to your mobile device you probably have this puppy. If you don’t have it yet, this is for you. It’s feature rich and easy to use and it’s free.
Versions. With the push of a button you can access over 150 versions in 50 languages! 27 versions are in English. Access to various versions keeps familiar passages fresh and lends new perspectives!
Reading Plans. There are over 150 reading plans. There are ‘read-through’, ‘topical’, ‘devotional’ and ‘youth’ plans – some take a few days, others years! I have only scratched the surface of the plans. Once you select a plan, the readings are easily accessed. No flipping pages around and you never lose your place from one day to the next! The flexibility associated with plans is a beautiful thing . You can start a plan at any time and track your way through its readings. I like the ‘One Year Bible’ plan because it works well with other tools I use, but I supplement with other plans as well.
Audio. Many of the versions have audio associated with them – they are easily identified by a small speaker icon. Some of the voices are better than others! When I use the audio, I switch versions to get the reader I most enjoy.
Downloadable by selection. Most of the versions can be downloaded to your device as indicated by a green download symbol next to the version name. By downloading your favorite versions you’ll have the bible even if internet access isn’t available.
Live Events. If you are a pastor or if you lead group meetings, the ‘live event’ feature is handy. Once a group or live event is set up, participants can do things like take notes, ask questions, respond to questions – and immediate results can be displayed for the group. I haven’t had the opportunity to use this feature, but look forward to trying it out. Sounds powerful.
The app makes it simple to search or highlight text, add public or private notes, send passages to friends (via email, SMS, Facebook or Twitter), and allows customization of text font type and size.
Youversion is an impressive app that I hope you’ll check out. I’m sure I’ll reference this app again as we get close to the beginning of the new year. A new year is a great time to start a reading plan. Well, anytime is a great time with this treasure.
You can check it out in your market place/app store or at www.youversion.com.