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!

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Thanking Godly Dads… and Becoming One

Father’s Day

Thank God for dads.

Think back on the “father figures” in your life. Who are the men who have helped you? Maybe someone spoke into your life with wisdom, or showed you kindness when you needed it. Whether it was your own dad — or a teacher, neighbor, or family friend — who was there for you?

For every special Dad in your life, why not send him Scripture to let him know how much he means to you? Call him. Text him with a Verse Image, or even post one on his Facebook page. We’ve included a few of our favorite inspirational passages below to get you started.

Joshua 1:9

Joshua 1:9

…Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.


Ephesians 6:10–11

Ephesians 6:10–11

…Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.


Proverbs 20:7

Proverbs 20:7

The godly walk with integrity;
blessed are their children who follow them.


Become a Dad Who Inspires.

If you’re looking for godly insight for how you can be the type of dad that inspires the people who matter most to you, we’ve put together a list of several Plans that can help:


Father Knows Best: 5 Prayers for Your Kids

Undaunted.Life: A Man’s Devotional

Becoming a Battle-Ready Father

Finding Purpose: A Guide for Men

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

WiRE for Men: Two Days to Recharge

Challenging & Contemporary Insights for Men

UNCOMMEN: Reclaiming Your Identity as a Man

Fathers are Needed: Devotions from Time of Grace

Professional Golf and the Bible

Optimal Men’s Health with Dr. Bob

Plans for Men

Now Your Children Can Experience the Bible App for Kids in Cantonese!

Today, together with our partner OneHope, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Cantonese. Now, more children than ever have the opportunity to enjoy a Bible experience all their own.

Switching between languages is easy, right in the app’s Settings:

  1. Make sure you’ve updated your app to the most current release.
  2. Open the app and tap the gear icon ( ) to open Settings.
  3. Tap Language and select the one you want.

The audio will now play in that language, and any text will appear in that language, too!

Please help us celebrate this great news!

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About the Bible App for Kids

Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids is from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App. Designed to give children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on over 15 million Apple, Android, and Kindle devices, and it’s always completely free. Kids from all over the world are now enjoying the Bible App for Kids, in 27 languages — now including Cantonese!

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Audio Bibles let the Bible App read to you.

Verse Tracker

Many early Christians were only able to experience portions of the Bible. One person would read aloud to a group, sharing passages from a handwritten copy of the text.

Today our smartphones give us hundreds of complete Bibles in our pockets. And the audio versions of many of these can actually “read” to us from God’s inspired Word!

The Bible App helps you engage more with Scripture, no matter what you’re doing: exercising, getting ready for work, on your commute…even reading along.1


Verse Scrubber

Customize your listening experience.

1 Standard play, rewind, and fast forward controls.
2 Skip backward or forward, one verse at a time.
3 Select the playback speed you want.
4 Show or hide a “floating” play/pause button over the Bible text, which lets you begin listening with just one tap.
5 Set the playback time, and make God’s Word the soundtrack to whatever you’re doing.

Start here.

Audio Play Tap the speaker icon.
Inside the Bible App, when you see a speaker icon in the menu above the Bible text, tap it, then tap Play. If you don’t see a speaker icon above the Bible version you’re reading…
Switch versions.
Tap the version abbreviation at the top of the app. Select any version with a speaker icon next to it. When you return to the Bible reader, tap the speaker icon.

Open the App


Note: Before you try any Bible App feature for the first time, it’s always a good idea to ensure that you have the most up-to-date version at bible.com/app.

1 Listening while connected to Wi-Fi does not use your mobile data plan.

Verse of the Day brings you daily biblical wisdom.

Verse of the Day

Subscribe to Verse of the Day, and God’s Word comes to you.

Verse of the Day offers you a unique Bible verse for every day of the year. You can tell the Bible App to send you the Verse of the Day in a daily push notification, an email, or both. Just turn on the ones you want, then set the time you want it to come, which version you want, and your preferred language.

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Verse of the Day phones

Wherever you are, it’s easy to get Verse of the Day.

The most recent Verse of the Day and Verse of the Day Image are always on your Home tab in the Bible App and at Bible.com.
Tap the  Android More Button  icon on Android,  iOS More Button  on iOS to:

  • Share it with friends.
  • Create your own Verse Image.
  • See Verse of the Day in the Bible Reader.
  • Compare it in several different Bible versions.
  • Copy it to paste somewhere else.
  • Subscribe or adjust your subscription Settings.

And, if you want to view any previous Verses of the Day, simply tap View All to list them all.


Verse of the Day is even on the Bible App for Voice.

Amazon Alexa Devices
Amazon Alexa Badge

“Alexa, enable the Bible App Skill.”

“Alexa, ask the Bible App to read me the Verse of the Day.”

Google Assistant Badge

“Ok Google, have YouVersion read me the Verse of the Day.”