I’ve been a fan of YouVersion ever since they came out.
What’s not to like? They offer online access to a huge amount of different Bible translations: 209 versions in 75 languages, to be exact. You can easily bookmark your reading and share it online via Facebook or Twitter. They have YouVersion apps for every conceivable device out there.
Here’s a nice blurb from the site in case you’re not too familiar with the background of the site and app:
YouVersion and the Bible App were created by a team at LifeChurch.tv in Edmond, Okla., to help increase access and engagement with the Bible. Featuring more than 100 versions and many languages, YouVersion was created to help people with busy, on-the-go lifestyles read the Bible at any time and in any place. Since its creation, YouVersion has remained in the top five downloaded apps in the reference category and is the No. 1 downloaded Bible on iTunes.
Two years ago they introduced some great Bible reading plans that were received to much fanfare. And finally, very recently, they release several new features that I’d like to highlight:
1. New Bible reading plans. I stopped counting at 75 different plans! They even have some great plans including ones to help you read the Bible chronologically, one from Mem-Lok to help you memorize Scripture, or more conventional ones like this (I’m doing this one) to help you read the Bible through in a year.
2. Receive reading plan reminders via email. I think this is a huge feature. Here’s a pic of an email I received:
Further down in the email is the actual content of those chapters. So you could read your daily passages right from your inbox. I like to pull out my “physical” copy and read from there, but I like that they try to make is convenient for you. And I like that you can select what time of the day you want to receive these emails: morning, noon, or evening. The morning one goes at around 4:30am. That should be early enough for most people.
3. Catch me up. This is a great little feature. Last year I tried to do the plan where you read the Bible through in 90 days. Not a great idea for those that like to simmer through Scripture slowly. The problem was that if you missed a day for whatever reason, the next day you’d have an insurmountable amount of Scripture to read. I eventually left that plan because I felt guilty. With their new “catch me up feature,” if you miss a day, it will simply reset you to continue from where you last left off. Very nice.
4. Audio version. This is another great feature: you can listen to the Bible in dozens of different languages and versions. So if you can open your laptop, click play, and then listen from your couch. Or if you want to go on a walk with your iPhone, you can get it going, and then listen to Scripture as you get some exercise.
So…if you haven’t signed up for a reading plan yet, this is your time. Go!