Bible Bloom: A New Bible App for the iPhone

October 23, 2012 — 1 Comment

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Bible Bloom is a new iPhone Bible app. I’m always interested in trying out new apps, and this one is no exception. A few years ago, I went through an experiment of reading through the entire Bible on my mobile devices. I used my iPod, my Android, and my iPad and read the Bible whenever I had spare time. It was actually surprising how quickly I could read through the Bible simply because of the accessibility. No matter where I was, I always had one of those devices with me. That is why an app like this can really help you connect with God’s Word.

This is more than just an iPhone Bible app. Bible Bloom is built with your spiritual journey in mind. Read, pray, memorize, and activate the scriptures so that you may be strengthened by the perfect and holy word of God. Let the seeds of scripture take root and bloom in your life, let your faith grow, and let God be glorified!

Bible Bloom has a few things that I really like and it shows potential as a good Bible and devotional app. By far, the thing I like the most is time and location-based reminders. You can set the app to reminder you at a certain time interval, or you can set the app to remind you when you arrive at a certain location. I also like the concept of the Prayer Packs. Prayer Packs are similar to prayer flash cards. You can download prayer packs for different topics, or your church can even create their own. The app costs $1.99, which I feel is very reasonable, and the app is really well-designed. The graphics are great and the user-interface is easy to navigate. It has a great bookmark feature, and you can also share what you are reading on Facebook and Twitter.
The best way to understand any new app is to see it in action. Here’s a quick video showing how it works.

Now for the drawbacks

  • It’s only available for iOS and the iPhone. In a rural area like where I live, very few people have iPhones because of the lack of service. No AT&T, no Sprint, and no T-Mobile. Verizon has just recently started servicing our area, so most people have android phones. It also doesn’t support the new screen format for the iPhone 5 yet, although I’m sure a future update will fix that soon.
  • There are not many Bible versions available. The developer is working on getting licenses for more versions, and unfortunately, it is not an easy process. The app does have a store where prayer packs and translations can be purchased at a nominal cost.
  • Page-turning. This could be a benefit or a drawback depending on what you like. If you watch the video above, you can see how the pages flip up. I’m used to scrolling in my Bible apps, and turning the page by tapping in my Kindle app, so this took some time getting used to. I kept highlighting verses instead of turning the page.

For me, I use the reading plans on the YouVersion app, so I won’t be switching for now. But I will keep a close eye on this app, and I feel that it will definitely help others connect with Scripture in a more consistent manner. Find out more about Bible Bloom on Facebook, Twitter, or their website.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review – See my full disclosure policy here.

Mike

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I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 18 years, and we have three awesome kids, Emma, Luke, and Drew.

One response to Bible Bloom: A New Bible App for the iPhone

  1. try out the “Be Blessed” App. Its simple and it will definitely bless you.
    https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/be-blessed/id527908676?mt=8

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