At the encouragement of others in my church and Friday morning men’s group, I’ve started reading the “One Year Bible.” Rather than purchase this Bible version in paper form, however, I’ve started reading it for free on the YouVersion Bible iPad app. It is free and not only tracks your reading, but also lets you save notes. You can make these notes public to share or keep them private. You can also read notes others have shared publicly, which is a very interesting and potentially valuable way to socially interact as well as reflect when reading.

YouVersion 1 Year Bible (free) on iPad

YouVersion 1 Year Bible (free) on iPad

I started this a few days late after the new year, but thankfully the app lets you catch up. Just read ahead, and then in your reading plan select “catch me up.”

YouVersion 1 Year Bible (free) on iPad

Since I read the first three days of verses today and chose “catch me up” twice, I’m on the right schedule to finish by December 31st. You will need to create a free account on the app, or directly on the YouVersion website, which you use to login on the app and track your Bible reading. I’ve completed a couple of shorter reading plans previously using this system. I have never read through the entire Bible in a year, however, so this will be a first for me. My wife has talked about doing this too, and I’m going to encourage her so we can share in our discussions and learning throughout the year. Consider reading the Bible this year with this great plan! Another alternative is the website www.oneyearbibleonline.com. I really prefer the option to read on my mobile devices, however. YouVersion syncs whether you read on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

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  • Rachel Irvin

    Thanks for sharing this app. I am going to share it with my husband and see if we can catch up. We are only 3 days behind. :)

  • http://pgcummings.wordpress.com Philip Cummings

    Hey Wes, I too am using YouVersion for my reading plan this year, but I’m using the Book of Common Prayer reading plan. YouVersion is a fantastic tool. I love always having my Bible handy on my iPhone.

  • http://treasures.edublogs.org Tammy Gillmore

    Thanks for sharing…going to check this out!

    My husband and I are also reading the Bible through this year (hopefully!)…except we are reading it the “old-fashioned” way with hard copies that I bought two years ago for us (we did not quite succeed in our first attempts!). As much as I love technology, I still love books and annotating in them.

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