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Check Out the Bible App for Kids Icon

The Bible App for KidsToday we’re excited to share with you the official icon for the Bible App for Kids! We purposefully designed this app icon to be inviting, fun, and engaging for your kids, a sort of “sneak peek” into what they’ll find inside the app.

And speaking of the app, we’re just now putting the finishing touches on it. If you’d like to be one of the first to know when the Bible App for Kids is ready, be sure to sign up at bible.com/kids!

And then, once you get that announcement, this is the icon you’ll be looking for.

Meet the Bible App for Kids

Meet the Newest Member of the YouVersion Family! One of the most common requests from the YouVersion community isn’t something you want for yourselves. You’ve asked for an app that helps your kids engage with God’s Word, just like the Bible App helps you.

Today we’re thrilled to announce that the Bible App for Kids™ is launching Thanksgiving Day! 

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See it in action and sign up to be the first to know when it’s ready!

Visit www.bible.com/kids today!

Coming soon to both Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, this completely free app is a delight-filled Bible experience just for children. As your kids interact with animations designed to bring its stories to life, they’ll be learning the grand narrative of the Bible. It’s the beginning of a lifelong love of God’s Word.

 

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See it in action and sign up to be the first to know when it’s ready!

Visit www.bible.com/kids today!

 

Dove Award Nominees, Winners Offer Bible App Devotionals

The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards, hosted by Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin, air tonight—Monday, October 21—at 8:00 PM EDT on UP. Did you know that YouVersion offers several devotional plans from Dove Award-nominated artists and winners? Check out these great plans from some of your favorite inspirational acts:

All New Reading Plans on the Bible App!Casting Crowns Drawing from ministerial stories and personal experiences, Casting Crowns gives readers an in-depth look at life revealed through the lens of Jesus Christ. From The Overflow. 7 days

Matt Redman Based on Redman’s album Your Grace Finds Me, each day offers insight into what each song means, as well as the Scriptures that inspired it. From Matt Redman. 12 days

Tenth Avenue North Lead singer Mike Donehey explains the  devotional truths behind songs from their album, The Struggle. From Tenth Avenue North and The Overflow. 7 days

Lecrae Solo artist Lecrae developed this plan to share the Gospel of salvation and grace as expressed through his album Gravity. (Also featuring KB and Derek Minor.) From The Overflow. 8 days

Shane & Shane Intended to empower you with fulfillment, confidence, and joy from the Gospels, this devotional from Shane and Shane describes the Scriptures and personal experiences behind their album Bring Your Nothing. From The Overflow. 7 days

Devotions from Chris Tomlin This devotional from Tomlin was inspired by the Scriptures and themes addressed on his album Burning Lights. From Chris Tomlin. 5 days

Newsboys Highlighting tracks from God’s Not Dead, this exclusive devotional breaks down some of the Newsboys’ favorite worship songs, taking you straight into God’s Word. From The Overflow. 7 days

Dara Maclean Based on songs from her album, You Got My Attention, Dara Maclean offers a deeply personal look into her passion for Jesus. From The Overflow. 7 days

for KING & COUNTRY Named one of Billboard Magazine’s “Artists to Watch” in 2012, for KING & COUNTRY based this devotional on themes expressed in songs from their album Crave. From The Overflow. 7 days

Matt Maher Centered around the resurrection of Jesus, this devotional from Matt Maher explores how this singular event—a glorious reflection of God’s love and mercy for us—affects you personally. From The Overflow. 7 days

Matthew West Featuring personal accounts from the people whose stories inspired his album Into the Light, this devotional from Matthew West uses Scripture to reveal not just the root issues, but their ultimate solution: the salvation-giving love of Christ. From The Overflow. 7 days

Rhett Walker Band This Rhett Walker Band devotional explains the inspiration behind several songs from their Come to the River album (including the Grammy-nominated “When Mercy Found Me”). From The Overflow. 7 days

Building 429 Lead singer Jason Roy shares the Bible passages and personal experiences that became several songs from Building 429’s album, We Won’t Be Shaken. From The Overflow. 7 days

Every day, millions of Bible App users engage with God’s Word through devotionals and other categories of Bible plans. All you need to get started with any of these terrific plans is a free YouVersion account. Please also take a moment to check in on the conversations happening now on Facebook and Twitter, with your YouVersion friends from all over the world!

Have You Heard the Good News? The Bible App Can Read to You

iPhone4 - woman joggerPeople from all over the world tell us that listening to the Bible—wherever they are, whatever they’re doing—is changing their lives:

“YouVersion allowed me to, for the first time, read the Bible cover to cover. I listened to a 1yr Bible plan in my car every day for a year. I consider it one of my most important life accomplishments.”
—Andrew E.

“Being able to listen to Scripture this year has been a lifeline. I could not have managed without it. Thank you!”
—Charles L.

“I turn on the Bible App and put my phone in my hardhat so I can work and listen to the great book. TYVM for this app!”
—Nicky

Even if you already enjoy reading in the Bible App, did you know that some of our most popular Bibles…can also read to you? Listening to the Bible lets you experience God’s Word while you’re doing other things—driving, exercising, even reading along! Try one of these great audio Bibles:

More About Audio Bibles

Because audio Bibles are streamed, they’re best experienced over Wi-Fi. If you don’t have Wi-Fi available, be aware of your plan’s data limits and restrictions.

Where you can find audio Bibles:

  • Inside the Bible App: Tap to select a Bible version in the corner.

  • On the list of versions, a speaker icon indicates available audio.

  • Tap the audio version you want.

  • Back in the Bible reader: Tap the speaker icon at the bottom, then Play.

The Word is Getting Out.

You’ve probably heard by now that the Bible App has already been downloaded more than 100 million times. Check out this NBC Nightly News story, all about the Bible App!

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Now Available Offline: NIV & Other Versions from Biblica

ephesians3The New International Version (NIV) and 30 other versions from Biblica are now available for free download through the Bible App™.

Biblica has been a valuable partner since YouVersion’s early days, and we’re thrilled with their bold move to make this diverse collection of versions available to the global YouVersion community.

These versions represent some of your favorites in twenty-five languages, including NVI in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, KLB in Korean, NIV-UK in British English, HFA in German, HTB in Dutch, and BDS in French. It’s a huge step forward in increasing worldwide Scripture engagement and availability.

If you download any of these versions to your device, you’ll be able to read it anytime, anywhere—even when you can’t connect to your service provider or to the Internet. And this is not a limited-time special offer.

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Beginning today, Biblica is making these versions available offline on an ongoing basis.

(If you’re not sure how to download a Bible version to your device, visit our support website to learn how easy it is!)

We are deeply grateful for Biblica’s partnership and all that it has already meant to YouVersion and to our community worldwide. Biblica continues to demonstrate increasing passion about the mission of helping this generation become the most Bible-engaged generation in history.

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Bible App for Windows 8: New from the Ground Up

The All New Bible App for Windows 8

We’ve completely redesigned the Bible App for Windows 8 to be easier to use than ever! Available now in the Windows Store, this latest release of the Bible App works on all Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, including laptops, desktops, and tablets.

And with your free YouVersion account, you can enjoy the same Bible App experience synced across all your devices. With just one simple sign-in, use all your Bookmarks, Highlights, Notes—even Reading Plans—on any device that runs the Bible App. Have fun exploring all of the Bible App for Windows 8’s features:

  • More than 600 unique Bible versions in almost 400 languages ensure you’ll always be able to find one you like.
  • Audio Bibles read God’s Word to you as you do other things—exercising, working, traveling, even reading along.
  • Reading Plans are a proven way to build that consistent Bible reading habit. Enjoy more than 400 devotionals, topical plans, plans covering portions of the Bible, or even the entire Bible. Now available in many languages!
  • Highlights let you mark passages with custom colors—just like your paper Bible!
  • Today view displays the Verse of the Day, along with the Bible App features you use most so you can jump quickly to anything you want to do.

No matter which device you use, we think you’ll agree this is the best Bible App we’ve ever made for Windows 8. Please share this new release with your friends, and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter to let us know what you think.

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The Bible App Around the World: Over 600 Versions, 375 Languages

YouVersion Versions and LanguagesNo matter where you live, no matter what language you prefer, we want to help you engage with the Bible every day. You may know that thanks to YouVersion’s generous Bible publishing partners, the Bible App™ already offers more than 600 versions of the Bible in more than 375 languages. What you may not know is that the Bible App has been installed and used in every country on earth, and that about 40% of new installs take place outside North America.

Of course, the Bible App is more than the Bible. We want your entire experience exploring God’s Word to be fulfilling. But we couldn’t do that without help. More than 350 volunteers all over the world passionately devote themselves to ensuring you enjoy the Bible. They share their talents and time translating basics like screens, menus, and buttons into your language, as well as all of the Bible App tools you know and love, like Reading Plans, Notes, and more.

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That’s why today—right now—you can use the Bible App for iOS (Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch) in any of 33 languages. The Bible App for Android offers 40. And bible.com has 42. On iOS or Android, the Bible App defaults to your device’s language, or you can change it in the app Settings. At bible.com, simply select your favorite language at the bottom right. The languages we’ve most recently rolled out include Malay, Catalan, Albanian, Portuguese (Portugal), and even Arabic!

The Bible App has been installed more than 100 million times so far. Each one of those installs—wherever it happens in the world—represents a story, a person, a life connected to God and to His Word. You can be a part of that, too, every time you share the Bible App with someone who speaks a language other than English. It starts with 100 million.

The Bible App in the News

This July, the YouVersion community helped the Bible App reach 100 million installs on mobile devices around the globe. God is truly doing something remarkable, and media outlets worldwide are covering this historic milestone—including a story on the front page of the New York Times! You’re part of this celebration, so we wanted to make sure you have the opportunity to read and share the good news.

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New York Times: The Faithful Embrace YouVersion, a Bible App

by Amy O’Leary

More than 500 years after Gutenberg, the Bible is having its i-moment. For millions of readers around the world, a wildly successful free Bible app, YouVersion, is changing how, where and when they read the Bible.

Read and share the story

The Atlantic: The App of God

by Nir Eyal

It is reasonable to think that the more readers put into the Bible app in the form of small investments, the more it becomes a repository of their history of worship. Like a worn dog-eared book, full of scribbled insights and wisdom, the app becomes a treasured asset not easily discarded.

Read and share the story

And a few more stories you might enjoy:

The Christian Post: Bible App Hits 100 Million Downloads…

The Next Web: YouVersion’s Bible app passes 100 million downloads

fait religieux.com: YouVersion, l’application biblique dépasse les 100 millions de téléchargements

Thank you for all you are doing to help people everywhere make God’s Word a part of their daily lives. As the installs counter continues to rise, we’re looking ahead with anticipation to all that God stands ready to do, because we know It Starts with 100 Million.

The Bible App for Android Tablet is All New

The all-new, reimagined Bible App™ for Android Tablet (v. 4.3.0) is available now from Google Play. (And it’s coming soon to Kindle!) We designed this version of the Bible App specifically for Android tablets, giving it an all-new interface and adding features optimized to take full advantage of the screens on larger-format Android devices. Besides the smoothest, most seamless experience we’ve ever offered in a tablet release, we think you’ll find a lot to love in this release:

The Bible App for Android TabletSync Across Devices. Any settings you’ve saved with your free YouVersion account—including all your Notes, Bookmarks, Highlights, Reading Plans, and more—will show up on all your devices. No need to do anything special; as long as you’re signed in, the Bible App will remember your preferences and settings.

Get the Most from Your Screen. Engage with the Scriptures like never before with the Bible App’s Video feature. Explore the JESUS Film, watch excerpts from record-setting TV miniseries The Bible, and view clips from the Lumo Project, all optimized for use on larger, hi-resolution screens.

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Access Multiple Bible Versions, Even Offline. The Bible App now offers more than 500 unique Bible versions in 300 different languages, right at your fingertips. Many of these are available offline, too, which means you can use them even when you’re away from Wi-Fi. Here’s how: When you have a solid connection, check the versions list for downloadable versions (indicated with a gray arrow). Simply tap the arrows for the ones you want to copy to your device.

We’ve even tweaked this version for performance enhancements, which we hope you’ll notice, and for a few crash fixes—which we hope you won’t. Let us know how you like this newest release on Facebook and Twitter. And be sure you share it with your friends!

How the Bible is Shared – Infographic

How the Bible is Shared

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