Categories Help Bible Readers Discover Exciting New YouVersion Plans

We’re pleased today to announce two new categories that can help you discover your next favorite plan. Our “Featured” category lists popular and relevant plans you might not have discovered yet, while our “New” category displays plans we’ve recently added. And besides these new categories, we’ve also added several new Reading Plans for you:

From Pastor Mark Jeske and Time of Grace:

Money Matters. Gain insights and wisdom from Scripture about God’s view of money in this daily devotional. 30 days

Happily Ever After. Whether you’re married, or you want to be, or even if you’ve been married before, you’ll enjoy listening to God’s words about this sacred institution. 31 days

Here I Am. Learn how you can use the Psalms daily to express your needs, pains, and thanks to the Lord. 31 days

Teach Pray Plan. Find inspiration every day with meaningful help from the Bible for a deeper, richer prayer life. 32 days

There Is Hope. Direct from the source, read God’s words of comfort and love especially for you. 35 days

Fathers and Mothers Devotion. Discover encouragement and hope for how you can lead—and love—your family the way that God intended. 31 days

From Pastor Jack Hayford:

Praise In the Presence of God. Learn how the power of praise can positively shape your life by continually pointing you to God and His promises. 1 year

Celebrate! These daily devotionals help you grow in power and wisdom as you discover the life of the Holy Spirit through God’s Word. 1 year

From The American Bible Challenge:

The American Bible Challenge – Week 1. Daily Bible study designed to correspond with the new TV show “The American Bible Challenge” on GSN. 7 days

The American Bible Challenge – Week 2. Daily Bible study designed to correspond with the new TV show “The American Bible Challenge” on GSN. 7 days

That’s a lot, but it’s still not everything! If you or someone you know reads Korean, we’ve added four great new devotionals for them. And we also added our 70th Spanish plan! Be sure you let your friends know what YouVersion has for them.

Plans are one of the best ways we know of to engage with the Bible. Just pick a category and sign up for a plan that interests you, and the Bible App will bring you something to read, watch, or listen to each day. Plans are great at helping you learn what God’s Word has to say about specific topics. We even offer plans that cover portions of the Bible (like the New Testament or Paul’s letters to churches), or even to read through the entire thing!

Italian and Turkish Now Available for Bible App, YouVersion Website

The Bible App™ now in Italian and TurkishItalian and Turkish are the two newest additions to languages you can choose in the Bible App and at YouVersion’s website, YouVersion.com. Now you can use all of YouVersion’s screens, controls, and menus in any of twenty-one languages! Most even have reading plans available. To change your language at YouVersion.com, use the list of languages at the bottom right. From inside the Bible App Settings, simply choose your desired language, or set it as the default language for your device. Please share this exciting news with your friends who speak Italian or Turkish! You can also help us by spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter!

Italian

Italian is now available for the first time on your Android or bada device, Bible App for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), and at YouVersion.com. Not only will you find 25 reading plans in Italian, but you’ll find seven different Bible versions! We have popular contemporary versions like Nuova Riveduta 2006 (NR06) and Nuova Riveduta 1994 (NR94) from the Geneva Bible Society, and La Parolaè Vita (LM) from  Biblica (formerly the International Bible Society). We even offer timeless versions like Giovanni Diodati Bibbia (IGD), Italian Riveduta 1927 (ITRIV), Versione Diodati Riveduta (RDV24), and Diodati Bible (DO885).

Turkish

Turkish is another brand new option available immediately on Android, as well as on the Bible App for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), and of course, at YouVersion.com. Besides the classic Kutsal Kitap Yeni Ceviri (TCL02), we’ve added 25 reading plans in Turkish!

Volunteers Reach the World

People ask all the time how we manage to offer so many different languages. Of course, we couldn’t do it ourselves. We rely on a worldwide community of passionate volunteers gifted in translation—people just like you. They devote themselves to helping as many people as possible easily connect with God’s Word in their own heart language. But they don’t translate Bibles; they translate tools, screens, and buttons on YouVersion.com and inside the Bible App. And if you’re familiar with the Bible App, you probably know we never stop improving it—so there’s always more translation to do. If you can volunteer to translate into Italian or Turkish (or other languages), please join us. We’d be honored to share our vision with you. We’ll show you how you can forever change the lives of people all over the planet.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to translate for YouVersion? When we recently asked some of our translation volunteers to share their thoughts with you, here’s how they responded:

 

Italian Language Volunteer Radek C. Johan S.

“I was searching for a Bible app I could use to read the Bible on my Android phone. I work with a Christian student organization whose main purpose is reading the Bible together to learn what God has to tell us and how to apply it today. Because most students have smartphones, I realized good Bible software was as important for them as it was for me. And getting it into Italian was a must! I pray the Bible App will be a blessing for many Italians to find a deep, transforming encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ.”

—Johan S., Florence, Italy

 

Turkish Language Volunteer Radek C. Josh W.

“When I discovered the Bible App, its quality—and the fact that it offered Turkish translations of the Bible—made me want to see it in Turkish. While it’s been a joy to work with the team, picking up my Turkish friends’ smartphones and helping them install the Bible App (in Turkish!) was even better. YouVersion is now one of my primary Bible study and daily devotional tools. I’m excited to see what else God will do in Turkey through the ministry of YouVersion and the Bible App.”
—Josh W., Ankara, Turkey

 

Bible App for Android Phones Gets a Makeover

Some major enhancements have just arrived in the Bible App™ for Android Phones. While different mobile platforms offer unique approaches for completing all your tasks, we want to give you a consistent experience with YouVersion, no matter what device you’re using. The Bible App for Android Phones is now faster and easier to use, complemented by a whole set of slick new features. You can get this latest update to the Bible App for Android in the Google Play Store. (Of course, we plan to bring all of these great new enhancements to the Bible App for Android Tablets soon.) In the meantime, here’s what’s new to love on the Bible App for Android:

Slide Out Menu. Get instant access to all of the Bible App’s features, now just one tap away. On any Bible App screen on your Android phone, touch the menu icon at the top to see the full Bible App menu: Reader, Plans, Bookmarks, Notes, Share…and more!

Available Actions Popup. Wherever you are, when you tap a verse, a handy context-sensitive menu now pops up, with icons for everything you could do with that verse. Tap the verse, then tap what you want to do. It’s fast and easy.

Today View. At the top of the slide out menu, you’ll find the “Today” view option, brand new to Android phones. Today displays the Verse of the Day (ready to share), along with one-tap access to a list of other common tasks: the last passage you were reading, today’s readings for all your active Plans, and the last passage you bookmarked. Taking you immediately to the things that matter to you the most, in this release of the Bible App for Android, the Today view is the new default home screen. (You can change this in your Settings at any time, of course.)

Cleaner Interface. We’ve tried to make your entire YouVersion experience on your Android phone more pleasant all around, with subtle tweaks that make it not just easier to use, but even nicer to look at. When you tap a verse, it displays with a dotted underline to show what you’ve selected. The icons for switching chapters are cleaner and more simplified, as are the audio player icons. While we’ve long offered settings like font, text size, and brightness adjustment to make your reading easier, now you can get to them directly from the Bible reader.

Of course, the most important thing the Bible App has always offered is free Bibles, thanks to our generous publisher partners. The Bible App now has more Bible versions than ever, with hundreds of Bibles in many languages. To learn how you can get the most of the Bible App on your Android device, be sure to check out our Help website.

New at YouVersion.com and in the Bible App: Afrikaans and Czech

The Bible App™ now in Afrikaans and CzechWe recently launched two new languages, Afrikaans and Czech, inside the Bible App and at YouVersion.com. Together with British English, that means we’ve now launched nineteen different languages! Besides being able to choose from Bible versions in each of these languages, now you can select one of these languages for all of your menus, controls, and screen text—even find reading plans in each language. All you have to do is set the language on your device to the one you want, or select it from within your Bible App Settings. And at YouVersion.com, just choose from the list of languages at the bottom right. If you have friends who speak Afrikaans or Czech, please share this exciting news with them and on Facebook and Twitter.

Afrikaans

We’re pleased to offer Afrikaans on the Bible App for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), BlackBerry, and Java, and of course at YouVersion.com. We now have 14 reading plans in Afrikaans, as well as five different Bible versions. Three of those Bibles, Bybel vir almal (ABD07), the 1933/1953 Translation (AFR53), and Afrikaans 1983 Translation (AFR83) are generously provided by the Bible Society of South Africa. The other two, Die Boodskap (DB) and Nuwe Lewende Vertaling (NLV), are provided by key YouVersion partner Christelike Uitgewersmaatskappy.

Czech

You can now choose Czech for your Bible App for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Android, and Bada, and at our website, YouVersion.com. We offer three Czech Bible versions: the classic Bible Kralická 1613 (CSBKR) and two popular modern versions, Bible 21 (B21) and Slovo na cestu (SNC). We’ve even added 25 reading plans in Czech!

Thanks to You…

YouVersion makes God’s Word available to as many people as we can, no matter what language they prefer. But we don’t have enough people resources to translate the Bible App’s tools and resources into every language. That vision is only made possible by an incredible worldwide community of translation volunteers—people just like you. These amazing YouVersion friends are passionate about using their gifts to see the Bible shared with the world. And of course, we never stop working to make the Bible App even better, so there’s always translation to do. If you can volunteer to translate into Afrikaans or Czech (or other languages), we’d love to hear from you. Please join us. You’ll be helping people all over the planet fall in love with God’s Word.

We asked a couple of our key volunteers in Afrikaans and Czech to tell you what it feels like to share their talents to help YouVersion reach the world. Here’s what they had to say:

Czech Language Volunteer Radek C.

“My dream and motivation is letting the Bible engage as many Czechs as possible, even though our country is called atheistic. I simply love being involved in projects which have a greater mission and impact than we can ever imagine. I have been a YouVersion volunteer for about one and a half years now. Volunteering was a new step into the world of the Bible, and the community simply engaged and connected me with new people. Even more than before, I feel now that God wants to use me in many various ways I can’t imagine now, but I put all of my trust into His hands and look forward to what’s next.”

—Radek Ć., Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

 

Afrikaans Language Volunteer Christo D.“I have been SO blessed through the use of the Bible App that I wanted to join such a great project as YouVersion! Becoming a member of the Afrikaans translation team was the next logical step for me to help further God’s kingdom.”

—Christo D., London, United Kingdom

First Time Ever: Experience the Bible App and YouVersion.com in Romanian

For the first time ever, now you can select Romanian as your language of choice at the YouVersion.com website, and inside the Bible App on several platforms: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Android, Java, and bada. If you’ve already installed the Bible App on one of these platforms, all you have to do to start getting Romanian today is set it as the default language for your device. And if you have the most recent update of the Bible App on iOS or on Android, you can even pick Romanian from directly in your Bible App Settings!

Romanian is YouVersion’s sixteenth language launch. Before Romanian, we’ve offered releases in Spanish, German, French, Japanese, and Slovak, to name just a few. More than just menus and screens, we’re even adding 25 reading plans in Romanian! In the Bible App and at YouVersion.com, you’ll find Bibles in literally hundreds of languages—including three in Romanian. YouVersion’s mission is to make God’s Word available to as many people as possible, wherever they live and whatever language they prefer. And while Romania is home to almost 22 million people, Romanian speakers live literally all over the world. We’d love for them to share in the joy of experiencing the Bible in their heart language. If you have friends who love Romanian, would you let them know about YouVersion? You’re an important part of the YouVersion community. Every time you share God’s Word on Facebook and Twitter, you’re sharing YouVersion’s voice with the world.

How can we offer so many languages? It’s all because passionate volunteers generously share their gifts to constantly bring more languages to the YouVersion community around the world. They’re people just like you, excited about helping others experience God’s Word in languages they love. And with non stop updates and improvements to the Bible App and YouVersion.com, there’s always translation to do. If you’re fluent in English and another language—and you can translate between them—please prayerfully consider joining our global revolution of Bible engagement. For example, we have opportunities in many languages right now, especially in Arabic, Turkish, and Vietnamese. Your gifts can literally change people’s eternity!

But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what one of our great Romanian language volunteers recently had to say about what it’s like to translate for the YouVersion community:

“God’s Word is worth spreading using all available tools, especially nowadays, when technology offers so many possibilities. I came across YouVersion in the right moment and did not hesitate to enroll and become part of it. As a result of volunteering with YouVersion, I have become more willing to work as much as possible for His Kingdom! My favorite part is when new challenges and projects come in…and there have been a lot ever since I joined!”
—Dragoslav S., Timişoara, Romania

Appsfire Names the Bible App for iOS in Top 10

Out of every app available in the iTunes App Store, Appsfire recently listed the Bible App™ for iPad as its number three pick for best Non Game app overall, and the Bible App for iPhone as its number nine.

The iTunes App Store rankings are based solely on which apps have been downloaded the most, whereas the Appsfire rankings take into account a wider range of criteria, including user reviews, feedback, and social activity.

This kind of accomplishment is only possible because you, the YouVersion community, constantly uses the Bible App to engage with the Bible and share God’s Word with the people in your life. We’d like to thank Appsfire for the recognition, and even more, we’d like to thank YOU, the global YouVersion community for making it possible!

YouVersion Bible App and Website Now in Slovak

For the first time ever, now you can select Slovak as your default language for the Bible App™ on several platforms, including iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Android, bada, and Java devices, as well as at YouVersion.com. If you’re already using the Bible App on a supported device, all you need to do is change your device’s default language to Slovak. And if you’re running the most recent version of the Bible App for iOS or Android, you can even select Slovak right from inside your Bible App Settings.

Slovak is YouVersion’s fifteenth major language update. Earlier releases included Korean, Spanish, Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, French, and Japanese, to name just a few. (That doesn’t even consider the nearly 150 different languages we offer Bibles in.) As part of this launch, we’re even adding 25 Reading Plans in Slovak. Please share this exciting news on Facebook, Twitter, and face-to-face with all of your friends who speak Slovak.

Have you ever wondered how YouVersion can offer so many different languages? It’s certainly not because we know all of these languages. We’re only able to do it because people just like you choose to serve the global YouVersion community with their gifts in translation. Even though the Bible App has so far been downloaded more than 55 million times,  we’re only getting started. More and more new users join every day. Just imagine the impact you could make, literally worldwide, by translating just a few small parts of YouVersion—screens, buttons, menus, Reading Plans, and more! Learn how you can join us today at volunteer.youversion.com.

We asked one of our key Slovak language volunteers to share just a glimpse of what it can feel like to use your talents to help people all over the world fall in love with God’s Word:

“For a long time, I looked for some kind of service I would fit in doing. I wanted a background role, something I could do to help people get closer to God, but remain unknown (as opposed to speaking in front of a group of people). Online technology is one of my biggest hobbies, so when I found the opportunity to translate YouVersion’s mobile applications and website, that was ideal for me. When I joined a year and a half ago, I was welcomed more than warmly. It feels really good to work with the people of this community. I truly enjoy serving in this way.”
—Tomáš P., Bratislava, Slovakia

The Top 10 Most Bookmarked Verses in the Worldwide YouVersion Community

It’s easier than ever to engage with God’s Word with the Bible App™ and YouVersion.com. Millions of people enjoy keeping track of their favorite verses with millions of Bookmarks. Save any verse so you can jump right back to it later, whether it’s for sharing with friends, to memorize, or just to read it again and again. Check out these top 10 Bookmarks from across the YouVersion community and see if your favorite made the list!*

  1. Philippians 4:6
  2. Proverbs 3:5
  3. Jeremiah 29:11
  4. Romans 12:2
  5. Philippians 4:13
  6. Philippians 4:7
  7. Proverbs 3:6
  8. Romans 8:28
  9. Matthew 6:33
  10. 1 Corinthians 13:4

Saving a bookmark is easy!

Here’s how you can learn to do it:

  • Visit our Help site.
  • Bottom: Select your language.
  • Left: Select your device type.
  • Look under “Notes, Bookmarks & Highlights.”

*When you save a bookmark, YouVersion saves it with the Bible version you’re using, but this top 10 list doesn’t reflect which versions were the most bookmarked. Through partnerships with our generous Bible publishing partners, YouVersion offers hundreds of versions in dozens of languages. We encourage everyone to explore several different versions to find the ones that help you best connect with the Bible. Just tap the current version to display a list of all your choices!

On the Go: YouVersion’s Top 3 Travel Tips

Many of us schedule trips for fun and relaxation during this time of year. When you’re traveling, it’s easy to fall out of your regular routine of spending time daily in God’s Word. But with just a little forethought and planning, the Bible App™ can always be right there for you, helping you stay connected. Here are three tips we’ve put together to help you when you’re traveling:

  1. Download offline versions. Thanks to YouVersion’s generous Bible publishing partners, offline versions let you read your favorite translation, even when you can’t get a mobile signal or Internet access. On planes or on subways—or far away from anywhere—an offline version saved on your device keeps the Bible at your fingertips. But remember: You need to download them before you need them, preferably when you have good WiFi access. Just list the versions on your device, and tap the download icon next to each version you want to save to your device.
  1. Listen to audio Bibles. Audio Bibles are a great solution for loud or crowded places where you need a few moments for yourself, or even if you prefer listening to reading. Whether you’re waiting for a flight, out for a hike, or even riding in the car, audio Bibles can help you refocus on the things God’s trying to say to you. In the Bible App reader, just look for the audio icon and controls. (If you don’t see audio controls, try switching to another Bible version.) And remember to pack your headphones!
  1. Try a short plan. A trip is a great opportunity to mix things up a little. YouVersion offers reading plans that last as little as two days. Look for one that you can start and finish during your travels. How many days will you be gone—three, four, five, seven? Check online or in the Bible App to find one you like. Or consider one of these short plans:
      • Experiencing God’s Renewal includes a daily short passage and devotional about how God is constantly renewing our hearts, minds, and purpose. 5 days
      • The Gospel of Mark takes you through the entire book of Mark, reading a little each day. 8 days
      • Courage brings you daily reminders from the Bible about boldness, confidence, and God’s promises for your life. 7 days

Whether you’re covering great distances or just taking a quick staycation at home, keep connected to God’s Word when you take time away. If you have suggestions of your own, please share them with us in the comments below, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Japanese Now Available in the Bible App and at YouVersion.com

Thanks to our amazing community of translation volunteers, YouVersion.com and the Bible App’s interface on iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Android, and bada are now entirely available in Japanese. (And coming soon: Java devices!) If you already have the Bible App on a supported device, simply set the default language for your device to Japanese. And if you have the latest update of the Bible App for iOS or Android, you can even select Japanese directly in your Bible App Settings!

While we offer Bibles in nearly 300 different languages, Japanese is the fourteenth language YouVersion has launched across several platforms, including Korean, Spanish, Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, and French, among others. For this launch, besides menus and controls, we’ve also added 25 reading plans in Japanese. With a population of around 127 million people, Japan has more than 120 million cell phones and 99 million Internet users, representing a tremendous opportunity to reach people with God’s Word. If you have friends whose preferred language is Japanese, please share this great news with them—and please help us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

Of course, making Japanese language options available across multiple YouVersion platforms wouldn’t be possible without help from our incredible YouVersion community. It can only happen when people who are passionate about sharing God’s Word share their gifts in translation with the world. And because we’re constantly improving the Bible App—and we’d like to offer even more—there’s always translation to do. If you can volunteer to translate into Japanese, we’d love to hear from you. Please join us. You’ll be helping the world fall in love with God’s Word.

What’s it like to use your gifts to help YouVersion reach the world? We asked one of our key Japanese language volunteers to share some of her thoughts with you:

“As I live away from Japan, I don’t have many opportunities to directly share the Word with people in Japan. But being a part of the Japanese translation team enabled me to take part in spreading God’s word in a very unique way. The Word of God is powerful, as said in Isaiah: ‘As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.’”

—Tomomi G., Seattle, WA, U.S.A.

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