YouVersion’s 2017 Half-Year Challenge: A fresh start to your Bible habit.

Half-Year Challenge Starts Soon
If you joined us for the 21-Day Challenge earlier this year, then you know how great it can feel to start a daily Bible reading habit. We’re convinced that one of the best ways to start engaging with the Bible every day is to complete one short Plan after another.

That’s what the Half-Year Challenge is all about: helping you renew your daily habit of connecting with God’s Word.

For two weeks beginning June 25, let us inspire you!


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Here’s how it works.

Between June 25 and July 8, complete at least seven days in a row of Bible Plan daily readings, and you’ll earn our special 2017 Half-Year Challenge badge, and be eligible for exciting prizes.

You don’t have to do just one Plan that’s seven days. You can be in the middle of a Plan that’s longer than seven days. Or you can complete a Plan that you’re already doing, then start a new one immediately after it. Just make sure you complete at least one day of at least one Plan every day, for seven days in a row!


Official Rules

📲  Get the Bible App

Make sure you have the Bible App installed on a device (or devices), or on the web at Bible.com, that you will be able to use every day from June 25th to July 8th.

✔  Sign Up for a Free Account

If you haven’t already, create your own free YouVersion account (or sign in with Facebook or Google).

📑  Start a Bible Plan

Sign up for a Bible Plan — or for several. We recommend that you browse through Plans that interest you and use Save for Later to collect the ones you want to use for the Half-Year Challenge.

Note: You don’t have to begin a new Plan on June 25th. If you already started a Plan before June 25th — or more than one — that’s great! Just keep going, and don’t miss any days. (Keep reading for more.)

🗓  Read Each Day

At least 7 days in a row from June 25th to July 8th, go to your Plans > My Plans and complete the daily selection for at least one of the Plans you’re subscribed to.

IMPORTANT! Each day when you complete your selections, make sure they get checked off. (More on this in a moment.)

👏🏽  Share Your Progress, Be Entered to Win Prizes

After you complete a day’s reading, inside the Bible App, go to that Plan’s Info page (More icon > Plan Info), tap the share icon ( Android Share icon or iOS Share icon ) and share your Plan to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and include the hashtag #HalfYearResolution. Sharing is not necessary to earn your Badge, but it is required to be entered to win one of many prizes we’ll be giving away.

IMPORTANT! When you post on social media, we cannot see posts that are “Friends,” “Private,” or “Only Me.” Make sure that you mark your social media post as “Public” — AND that you include #HalfYearResolution — or we won’t be able to see your entry.

1 Prizes include YouVersion-branded items such as a T-shirt, stickers, drinkware, tablets, and more. Prizes are subject to change or substitution based on availability. Winners will be contacted with details about how to receive their prizes. Because of some limitations with international shipping, not all items will be available to ship to all countries.

🏅  Earn a Badge!

All users who complete the Half-Year Challenge — reading the day’s selections from at least one Bible Plan each day for 7 days in a row (June 25th to July 8th) — will receive their special commemorative badge in the Bible App. (No Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram posts required.)

IMPORTANT! Badges will be automatically awarded based upon having 7 days in a row checked off during the Challenge. This is why it is so important that you ensure that each day’s reading is ACTUALLY CHECKED OFF.


Start by finding some Plans.

The Half-Year Challenge begins in just a few days, so we recommend that you start looking now for the Plans you’ll want to do during the Challenge. The Plans we’ve listed below aren’t required for the Challenge; they’re just some ideas to help you get started. When you find a Plan you think you’d enjoy, open it and tap “Save for Later.” Then, remember to start your Plan on June 25!

Discover Plans

This Month: Plans from Louie Giglio, Brennan Manning, Tony Evans, and more

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Goliath Must Fall: Winning The Battle Against Your Giants
Louie Giglio and Zondervan, 7 days

Let pastor Louie Giglio inspire you in this series of short videos, as he shares thoughts from his new book on the biblical story of David and Goliath, then offers real-world strategies from the Scriptures for how you can walk in the victory Jesus has already won — overcoming adversaries like fear, rejection, comfort, anger, and addiction.

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Giving it All Away…and Getting it All Back Again

David Green and Zondervan, 9 days

Through select excerpts from his book Giving It All Away, David Green shares the Scripture, biblical principles, and practical application that show you how to live generously, change the lives of the people you touch, and leave an enduring legacy.

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Chasing Greatness

Dr. Tony Evans, 7 days

Pastor and author Dr. Tony Evans leads men on a journey of discovery through Bible passages and thought leadership, challenging you to fully pursue the potential God calls you to: responsible leader, willing owner, kingdom man.

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People of the Second Chance

Mike Foster and WaterBrook Multnomah, 5 days

Mike Foster helps you let go of the shame and regret of your past mistakes, by revealing the names God has for you in the Bible, offering encouraging devotionals and reflection questions that will help you find the real “you.”

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Armor of God

Priscilla Shirer and LifeWay, 5 days

With daily Bible readings and excerpts from her women’s Bible study series The Armor of God, Bible teacher and bestselling author Priscilla Shirer equips you with an action plan for protecting your heart, your mind, and your relationships, and for facing your spiritual enemy head-on.

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The Lies We Believe About God

Dr. Chris Thurman and David C Cook, 4 days

Through daily devotionals excerpted from his book, psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Chris Thurman presents biblical truths selected to challenge the common assumptions many people have about God, revealing His true nature to help you know Him more intimately.

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The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

Brennan Manning and WaterBrook Multnomah, 5 days

Drawn from Brennan Manning’s classic book, these daily devotionals help you experience “the furious love of God” in Scripture, then offer questions for reflection that will help you begin to apply the truth of God’s grace into your everyday life.

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Relaxing with God

Andrew Farley, 8 days

From his book Relaxing with God, speaker and bestselling author Dr. Andrew Farley shares Scriptures that clearly show how Jesus’s words, “It is finished,” apply to your life today, helping you leave behind the burden of your failures and sins once and for all.

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A YouVersion Story: Michael Chandler

“90% of success is between the ears.”

With 16 wins and only 3 losses, Mixed Martial Arts Lightweight World Champion Michael Chandler knows how to prepare himself for a battle. He’s in training now to defend his title this coming June.

Watch as Michael explains the source of his confidence, and talks about the key role that the Bible App plays in his daily training…and in his preparations on fight day.


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Confidence of a Champion: 3 Days with MMA Fighter Michael Chandler

Mixed Martial Arts fighter Michael Chandler finds guidance from God by meditating on His Word. Michael’s hope for this video Bible Plan is that you will find a renewed confidence in the Lord as you listen to him share the verses that have inspired him the most.

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📖 Plans from Beth Moore, John Piper, Levi Lusko, more

Hero artwork for the 5-day Bible Plan Breaking Free from Bible teacher and bestselling author Beth Moore

Breaking Free
Beth Moore and LifeWay Christian Resources, 5 days

Join renowned Bible teacher and bestselling author Beth Moore in a study of Isaiah that will help you begin to enjoy the five benefits of God’s promise to “set captives free”: to know God and believe Him, to glorify Him, to find satisfaction in Him, to experience His peace, and to enjoy His presence.

“When you’re hungry, you seek what will meet your need. If you ignore your physical needs long enough, not only will you be miserable but you will soon be ill. You can easily recognize the signals the body gives, but great wisdom lies in learning to discern your spirit’s signals.”

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Live by the Spirit: Devotions with John Piper
John Piper and Desiring God, 7 days

In this series of devotionals and Bible readings, pastor, seminary chancellor, and bestselling author John Piper introduces you to the nature of God’s Holy Spirit, the power that His presence brings to your everyday life, and the benefits you receive from remaining in close relationship with Him.

“If you really believe that God is for you and not against you… then you have an inexhaustible reservoir of strength to keep doing the good God has called you to do whether anyone appreciates it now or not.”

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Swipe Right: The Life and Death Power of Sex and Romance
Levi Lusko and Fresh Life Church, 12 days

Using Scripture, real-life examples, and devotional content from his book Swipe Right, pastor and bestselling author Levi Lusko helps you train your mind and heart today for the authentic love life that you want tomorrow.

“The more times you pull up a Post-it note and attempt to re-stick it, the less powerful the adhesive becomes. Like a frequently moved Post-it note, sexuality loses its stickiness over time. Sex is meant to glue two people together for a lifetime.”

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Hero artwork for the 4-day Bible Plan The Good Book from pastor and author Deron Spoo

The Good Book
Deron Spoo and David C Cook, 4 days

In these excerpts from his book The Good Book, pastor and author Deron Spoo unlocks some of the major themes of Scripture to help you understand not just the words of the Bible, but the mind and heart of the One who wrote them to you.

“Through our seasons of compromise and commitment, God will mature our faith even when we fail. God wants our strength, but it’s good to know that he will use even our weaknesses.”

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Hope When It Hurts
Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton, 7 days

Drawing on their own life experiences with pain and suffering, bloggers and writers for Unlocking the Bible Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton share daily reflections on Scripture from their book Hope When It Hurts, to encourage you, to help you face life’s pain head-on, and to remind you that you’re not alone.

“Everything changes when we see weakness and suffering in the light of the gospel. For it is through human weakness that God’s strength upholds us and is displayed to the world.”

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Now What?
Scott Rodgers, 7 days

Pastor and speaker Scott Rodgers teaches you how to explore your most difficult challenges in a way that leads you directly to discovering God’s purpose for your life, through devotional excerpts from his book Now What?, daily Scriptures, and questions for reflection.

“Your path of pain can be your place of preparation.… When trials come your way, don’t look for the way out or a way around what God wants you to walk right through. He wants you to face your trials, not run from them.”

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Find your Easter inspiration.

With Easter just two weeks away, today is a great day to start turning more of your attention toward God’s Word. We’ve collected several of our favorite Reading Plans and Devotionals for Easter into a special Lent and Easter category. If you find more Plans you like than you can complete before Easter, no problem: just use “Save for Later,” and keep your Easter spirit going!

More Easter Plans

🎧 Jesus Culture, SWITCHFOOT, Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, more

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March Music Month: Lift God up… and find yourself lifted.

Few artistic expressions can connect as deeply with our emotions as music can. Music can make you cry, remind you of a specific person, calm your nerves — or even start a spontaneous dance party!

This week, pay attention to how the music you hear influences you. Then consider how you might start becoming more intentional about using its power to lead your heart. When you pour in love, wisdom, and gratefulness, those are the things that will flow out.

We hope you’ve been enjoying March Music Month as much as we have. Over the past three weeks, we heard from some of the leading voices in Christian music and worship about Creativity, Praise, and Evangelism in God’s Word.

Today we finish strong: Encouragement.

Hillsong Worship: Let There Be Light: A 5-Day Devotional
Hillsong Worship and The Overflow, 5 days

Find encouragement and renewal in the daily Bible passages and short video devotionals of this 5-day Plan, as leaders from Hillsong Worship share the inspiration and meaning behind five songs from their album Let There Be Light.

“We aren’t promised a perfect life. We are actually told that…we will have trouble, but Jesus said to ‘take heart! For I have overcome the world.’ There is nothing in our lives…that overwhelms God or takes Him by surprise.”

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Jesus Culture Bible Challenge: A 30-Day Journey
Jesus Culture and American Bible Society, 30 days

The Jesus Culture Bible Challenge helps you fuel your passion for God’s Word, tap into God’s Spirit to ignite revival around you, and build momentum in your life, through daily selections of Scripture from John and Acts, short devotionals, and questions for deep reflection.

“The woman at the well was a Samaritan and Jews hated Samaritans, but that didn’t matter to Jesus. He knew all about her past yet He still cared deeply about her. …Jesus is the life-giver and He sustains us.”

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Rivers & Robots: Still
Glenn Packiam and Integrity Music, 5 days

Find a quiet space of peace and stillness in these daily Bible passages and devotionals from Glenn Packiam and acclaimed indie worship band Rivers & Robots, from Manchester, U.K.

“Our jobs, our relationships, our hobbies, our country — these are all things that may be good vessels but horrible wells. …a vessel can carry the water, but a well is the source.”

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Christian Music Challenge: The Overflow Devo
ChristianMusicChallenge.com and The Overflow, 12 days

Transform your soul by changing what you feed your mind, as one-minute videos from top Christian artists and supporting Scripture help you begin to see how God can use Christian music in your life — and how you can incorporate more of it into your everyday.

“You know when you get so hungry that you begin to get angry? …When we starve ourselves from God’s Word, we start to get hangry! …But attaching melodies to God’s Word can really help you sing out biblical truths in your life.”

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Living Out the Psalms: Jon Foreman of SWITCHFOOT
Jon Foreman, 5 days

In these short video devotionals, Jon Foreman, co-founder and lead singer of the Grammy- and Dove-Award-winning band SWITCHFOOT, shares some of his favorite Psalms, challenging you to “sing your own unique song” by living your life genuinely, openly before God — just as David did.

“There’s a melody inside of you, an anthem in your chest. Your heart keeps time. Your words sing out in a cadence and a rhythm that is yours alone. …Be brave, and begin to sing the truth, one note at a time.”

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Labyrinth: Calming Anxiety
Paul, Rita, and David Baloche, 10 days

Listen to these ten unique, original sonic moodscapes — along with the Scriptures that inspired each of them — designed specifically to help reduce stress, whether during your commute, as personal devotionals, or just in moments when you need to find some calm.

“My close friends know my voice. They recognize…the tone of my voice over the phone. God, how much more do you know the deepest part of me? How much more do You hear me when I call?”

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Ginny Owens: Love Be the Loudest:
The Overflow Devo
Ginny Owens and The Overflow, 7 days

Blind since age three, Dove-Award-winning artist Ginny Owens shares her unique perspective on the significance of the voices we choose to listen to, offering encouragement and practical biblical wisdom for how you can silence your criticizing whispers — by overwhelming them with God’s perfect voice of love and truth.

“We learn to hear and know God’s voice and heart in the same way we know any trusted friend’s voice. We listen. We ask questions. We spend time.”

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Andrew Marcus: Constant: The Overflow Devo
Andrew Marcus and The Overflow, 7 days

Let two-time Dove-Award-winning worship leader Andrew Marcus inspire and encourage you, as he shares the Scripture and heart behind songs from his album Constant, in this exclusive series of video devotionals.

“…God is in control and is working out His perfect plan for our lives.… Deuteronomy 29:29 tells us that the Lord has…a secret will and a revealed will. Sometimes we will never know why He does what He does. We need to stand on His promises and trust that He is faithful through it all.”

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Chris Tomlin: Never Lose Sight Devotional
Chris Tomlin and CMG Label Group, 11 days

In this series of eleven devotionals, join Grammy- and Dove Award-winning worship leader Chris Tomlin as he explores the Scriptures that inspired songs from his album Never Lose Sight.

“…culture will relentlessly try to redefine us, calling us names like Stupid, Small, Ugly, Insignificant. But…the One who stills the wind and the waves…calls you Precious, Beloved, Beautiful, Priceless, Mine.”

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