NY Times “Noah” Ad Encourages Bible Reading

In a full-page ad in yesterday’s New York Times, the makers of the new epic film Noah recommend you read the biblical account of Noah’s story in the Bible App. We couldn’t agree more!

Read Noah’s story in Genesis at bible.com or in the Bible App. 

With the abundance of Bible-related movies and television shows over the past year, Hollywood seems to be realizing something the YouVersion community already knows: all over the world, this generation is excited about engaging with the Bible.

The Noah movie, starring Russell Crowe, opens worldwide on Friday. But you don’t have to wait. You can read (or listen to) the original story right now in the Bible App—in about nine minutes.

21-Day Challenge Winners

21 Day Challenge 512On January 21, we invited everyone to join us for the 21-Day Challenge. Registered YouVersion community users who completed each scheduled day of any YouVersion Bible Plan or combination of Plans from January 21 through February 10 had their names entered into a random drawing. The prizes being awarded are five iPad minis, five Nexus 7 tablets, and 21 YouVersion prize packs. (Refer to original blog post for full contest rules.) The results are in, the custom 2014 badges are on their way to your inboxes, and we’re excited to announce the prize winners!*

iPad minis & Nexus 7s (Don’t forget to install the Bible App, first thing!)

Judy B. – Larry B. – Eric E. – Yashica K. – Nana M.

Tomika G. – Ed H. – Stephanie S. – Elaine W. – Weston S.

YouVersion T-Shirt and Sticker Pack. Congratulations to these 21 users:

Hsein C (Singapore) Amanda D. (United States)
Jason W (United States) Ruth P. (Jamaica)
Raahnisi (Vietnam) Invaildo R. (Brazil)
Yassa (United States) Gab S. (Mexico)
Ramey (United States) Tom T. (United States)
Atabong N. (Camaroon) Unathi M. (Zimbabwe)
LaQuinta P. (United States) Kevin A. (Indonesia)
Amber G. (United States) Jessie G. (United States)
Damaris H. (Chile) Trinette B. (United States)
Vincent  W. (United States) Jukka H. (Finland)
Margaret M. (Great Britain)

We hope that joining us for the challenge during these last 3 weeks helped you firmly establish your own daily Bible reading habit. More importantly, we hope this time brought you closer to God as you enjoyed spending time with Him each day in His Word. And now, even though the challenge is over, there’s no reason to stop! With more than 600 Reading Plans, your next plan is already waiting for you. Besides our lucky winners, we’d like to thank everyone else who participated in the 21-Day Challenge! If it hasn’t already posted, your special 21-Day Challenge badge should show up on your YouVersion profile sometime during the next week.


*Winners can expect to receive prizes within the next 7–10 business days. All correspondence with YouVersion to confirm winners’ shipping address will take place through the email address used when you registered your free YouVersion account.

How the Bible App Helps Players in the Big Game

The biggest day in American sports is here, and the Bible App is well-known to players on both sides of the field.

Thanks to 1615.tv, we had an opportunity to talk with several players who are competing in the big game on Sunday. And like so many of you, their love for God’s Word has grown by being able to read the Bible anytime, anywhere with the Bible App.

Along with you, they are sharing the Verse of the Day, adding bookmarks, completing Bible Plans, and listening to audio Bibles. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, it’s fun to be reminded that people from all around the world and in different walks of life make up the YouVersion Community. And no matter where you are, or what career you have, the Bible App makes it possible to seek God through His Word wherever you go.

The 21-Day Challenge: A Fresh Start

21 Day Challenge 512You’ve shared with us time and time again that reading the Bible is important to you. It’s something you want to do daily, a goal you set for yourself each year. We also know this is that time of year when life happens…you wake up late and miss your morning reading, someone in your house gets sick, or you lose momentum in Leviticus.

YouVersion loves to help you follow through on your good intentions—read the Bible. So for the third year, we’re kicking off the 21-Day Challenge to encourage you to keep up (or get back on track) with your daily Bible habit!

It only takes three weeks of consistent behavior—just 21 days—to establish (or reestablish) a habit. To help cheer you on, from January 21 through February 10, if you complete the day’s selections from at least one Bible Plan each day, you’ll get a special 21-Day Challenge badge on your YouVersion profile. Also…

You’ll also be entered to win one of

5 iPad minis, 5 Nexus 7 tablets, or 21 YouVersion prize packs!*

Here’s how it works:

  • If you don’t already have a free YouVersion account, sign up for one.

  • Complete each scheduled day of any YouVersion Bible Plan or combination of Bible Plans, starting January 21 through February 10.

  • If you are subscribed to more than one Bible Plan, you only need to complete 21 consecutive days for one of them. (But feel free to read as much as you’d like).

  • Listening to audio versions counts, as long as you mark off the reading for the day.

  • Whether you read, listen, or sign up to receive your Plan by email, be sure that every passage for each day’s reading is checked off as completed.

  • Don’t miss or skip any days!

  • 10 winners will be selected through a random drawing from the pool of eligible participants. Available prizes are 5 Apple iPad minis and 5 Google Nexus 7 tablets.

*ATTENTION: INTERNATIONAL USERSUnfortunately, since YouVersion cannot ship iPad minis and Nexus 7 tablets outside of the U.S., we will select 21 additional International winners. (All of the other rules will still apply.) Each International winner will receive a prize pack that includes a YouVersion T-shirt, a YouVersion sticker pack, and other fun YouVersion memorabilia. 

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Big Milestones for the YouVersion Community in 2013

The scope and scale of what God is doing through the Bible App and the Bible App for Kids is hard to fathom. We continue to be amazed and humbled by the stories we hear from you every day. Here are just a few highlights from what happened in the YouVersion community during 2013:

More Bible App installs than ever. Because you shared the Bible App and helped your friends and family install it, we saw nearly 49 million new installs during 2013. This brings the lifetime total to an astonishing 124 million installs on unique mobile devices around the globe. December alone saw 4.6 million installs (our biggest month ever), with 2 million installs taking place between December 22 and January 1.

Extending the reach of God’s Word. Thanks to generous partners and a global network of volunteers, 295 new Bible versions in 220 new languages were added to the Bible App in 2013. That means more than 739 Bible versions now represent over 460 languages, freely available on mobile devices to people around the world.

Bible engagement is exploding. YouVersion was developed to increase Bible engagement, and time after time you tell us Plans are what help you make the Bible a daily habit. 2013 saw a dramatic increase in Bible Plan completions with more than 7.4 million Plans completed in one year. In total, people have finished more than 13 million Plans since the Bible App launched. See more stats from 2013 on our year-in-review infographic.

Reaching the next generation. In November, the Bible App for Kids launched on iOS and Android devices, and you supported the launch in the way that only the YouVersion community could. In the first week alone, the app was installed 1 million times, reached the number 2 spot in overall free apps for iPad, and number 3 in overall free apps for iPhone. It was also the number 1 free app in the Kids or Education category on iTunes, Google Play, and the Amazon App Store. Our hope is that kids will being a lifelong love of Scripture as they engage with a Bible app designed specifically for them.

Of course, these numbers gain their real meaning when we consider what’s behind them: the real difference it makes when people bring the Bible into their daily life. Here are a few of our favorite quotes and stories from 2013:

“My 4 yr old LOVES the #BibleForKids. Thanks so much for helping to grow in him a love for the Word!” — Angela

“Walked in on my son tearing up as he watched Jesus die on the cross on @BibleAppForKids. Praying for the call on his life this morning!” — Wade

“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

“Thanks for the app…as we know Bible is not allowed here in Saudi arabia…we christians have the opportunity to read the Holy Gospel in a closed islam country” — Anonymous

We say it often, but this is just the beginning. As hard as it is to imagine what’s ahead, we know God is able to do far more than we could ask or think (Eph. 3:20-21). We look forward to seeing millions more fall in love with God’s Word and experience His life-changing power. Thank you for sharing the Bible App, and for your support, as we work together to help make this the most Bible-engaged generation in history.