How to create a bible journal?
How to do that in a way that will fit in the pocket of your jeans?
It seems so simple, but that’s precisely what this new bible app from the Christian-run Bible Journaling Ideas group in New York has done.
The app, which comes with a slew of Bible-themed features, is currently available for iOS and Android, and promises to have more on the way, as well as a “growing library of Bible stories.”
“The Bible is one of the greatest treasures that has ever been handed down to us,” reads the title of the app, “so it’s fitting that the Bible Journal is the most popular Bible app.”
The app is currently free for the iPhone, but users can upgrade to a paid version to get access to more features and add-ons.
To see if you’re up to the task, I spoke with one of its developers, Kevin Cappas, who told me that he’s working on a version for the iPad as well.
“The iPad version is going to be out in a couple of weeks,” he said.
“We’ve been getting a lot of requests.”
To install the app you need to go to the app store, and then search for the word “bible” on the left side of the page.
From there you can install the latest version from the developer’s website.
The interface is simple and intuitive.
There’s a button that says “start,” and then a list of options.
Click on “start Bible” and you’ll be presented with a menu of options that range from the simple to the more elaborate.
The basic options include a quick start button, which brings up a short, but useful tutorial on how to create an account.
The option to share a story is the next step, and you can also choose to show your friends a story or a collection of stories, which is handy if you have more than one Bible to share.
Finally, you can choose to delete the story.
Cappassas explained that while the story and collection are both optional, they can be helpful if you want to take your Bible experience further.
“A good Bible journal is a diary, so you can be writing out the things you like about your Bible, the things that you want it to remind you of, and also things that might be in the Bible,” he explained.
“It’s like an extended family.”
You can also customize the interface to your liking, though you may not want to.
“There’s a lot more than just what we’re calling a Bible Journal,” Cappasa said.
CAPPASSAS SAID THAT BIBLE JOURNAL IS A “LIFE IN THE BIBLE.”
If you are looking to expand your Bible collection, he said you should also be looking for a Bible dictionary app.
“You should probably go out and buy a Bible Dictionary,” he added.
“Because it’s an invaluable resource.”
Cappasses said he’s been using the Bible journal app for about two weeks and says it’s worked pretty well.
He said he doesn’t have any specific suggestions on how he’d improve the app over time, but said he’d like to see the app become more feature-complete.
“I’ve got so many Bible stories that I’m not going to keep them forever, but I’m also not going do that with my Bible Journal, so I’ll try to put more of them in there,” he admitted.
You can view the app in action here.