I’m not even sure where to start with explaining YouVersion, other than to say that you HAVE to check it out! It’s a Bible application that you can use online both on your computer and on your phone (Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Palm, Mobile Web, etc). It has at least 100 versions of the entire Bible. It has audio for many of the versions. It has reading plans, both “through the Bible” as well as sectional and categorical plans, ranging from 4 days to over 1 year. It has options to highlight, bookmark, and take notes. It lets you share your notes and bookmarks with others. Oh, and did I mention that it’s completely free?
What I like about it: I’ve only used it on my phone so far, and only for about a week, so I’m still figuring it all out and finding my way around. But my favorite things include:
- Viewing a verse in several versions without having to switch to a different app
- Reading and listening to a passage at the same time (the more senses used, the better it’s remembered)
- Highlighting verses with different colors for different purposes
- Having a reading plan that I use to help quiet my mind at night before I go to sleep… I have my devotional time earlier in the day, but like to focus my thoughts in prayer as I lay in bed each night. So right now I’m following the reading plan on Prayer, which plans about a chapter a night for three weeks. I may not do it every night, and it’s not my goal to complete it according to the clock. But it provides a good way to help me focus on God and turn my thoughts from the events of the day to my communion time with Him. And best of all, I don’t have to think about what to read each night; it’s already been figured out for me!
I would encourage you to check it out for yourself. It could prove to be a very valuable resource, to have the ability to read and listen to God’s Word no matter where you are (as long as you have your phone, of course).
Edit: I just discovered tonight that it also has a couple ancient Greek translations, as well as translations in about 30 other languages! Such a great resource!