June 7, 2009

YouVersion – Read the Bible Anytime, Anywhere


For believers in the era of the internet, reading the Bible is a different experience entirely. Bible study is no longer limited to churches and living rooms—it can be experienced online, anytime and anywhere. Such is the philosophy behind YouVersion, a comprehensive online Bible app, offering users unlimited access to a variety of translations and versions of the Bible. Users can “Go Mobile,” connecting to the Bible and the YouVersion community through their cell-phones or Blackberries.

Not only is YouVersion a great way to read the Bible online, it also comes with some compelling extra features. One of our favorites is the ability to compare different translations of the Bible side by side. Other features include an online journal and a reading plan, both great ways to stay connected.

One of the best parts of YouVersion is, of course, their online community. This is where users discuss what they’ve been reading as well as other related issues. It’s like an online Bible study that you can access anytime you wish. For this reason, among others, we think YouVersion is one of the best online Bibles on the market.

Practical Uses:

  • Prepare for a sermon by searching for the perfect passage
  • Go mobile and read the Bible on your lunch break
  • Teach your kids God’s word in an environment that they are already intimately familiar with

Insider Tips:

  • Click “parallel” to compare different translations
  • Watch what verses other users mark for ideas
  • Change the font size for easier reading
  • Invite other users to join the site and contribute to the discussions

What we liked:

  • Most comprehensive online Bible available
  • More translations available than we knew existed
  • Powerful and extensive community interaction

What we didn’t like:

  • Can’t yet journal and read simulatenously
  • Can only link one verse at a time


Company Info:

  • Launched: October 2007
  • Owned by
  • Headquarters: Edmond, OK
  • Founded by: Craig Groeschel
  • Web site:


  • Free

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