“Logos Bible Software has not only revolutionized the way that I study the Bible, it’s got me addicted!”
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might have noticed that I rarely ever do product reviews. In fact if you have one, don’t ask me to review it, because I always say no. But today I wanted to share something with you for one reason and one reason only–I’m absolutely passionate about this.
Logos? I thought… um, what’s Logos?
They came highly recommended by fellow bloggers, so I joined the writing team.
A couple of months in I was offered some software in exchange for writing on their blog.
Whatever, I thought, but no thanks. I don’t need software. And even if I did have software, I wouldn’t use it…
Ha. That’s what I thought.
Fast forward to this past summer. I received an invitation I couldn’t refuse. Logos invited a group of women up to Texas to learn a little more about their software.
And again I thought… Sure, I’ll go to Texas, but I’m really not sure why. Even if I do get this software I’m sure I won’t be using it…
And again. That’ what I thought!
Saturday morning with laptop in hand I sat down at a table with eight other women for my first Logos seminar.
Let me just say that within 10 minutes I was completely in love with this program. Completely.
I haven’t been this excited about anything in over ten years. Including my publishing contract.
I was so impressed I had goosebumps. Smiling from ear to ear I left like a kid who just got her first bike.
It’s THAT good.
I’ve always loved reading the Bible but here’s the thing. I want to be able to do it on my computer. I want to be able to study the Bible in-depth wherever I am without lugging a pile of books along with me. Logos has opened the door to people like me who want everything they need to study the Word in one place.
I’ve tried apps before–a few of them. I’ve also spent a bit of money on digital study Bibles. I like websites like the blue letter Bible. and Bible gateway. But this is different. Much different.
For example, I have 1,145 books in my library. Those are eBooks that I can either read through like any other book or I can use them for study alongside the Bible.
Right now I have a few of the books open: The King James Bible, Matthew Henry’s Commentary, and the Pulpit Commentary. Strong’s concordance? I just click the Strong’s number at the bottom of the Bible column and it pops up. Just like any paper Bible, I can highlight and underline verses that I want to remember. I’ve got this study layout saved, so anytime I open the software, it looks just like the image below. I can create a different layout if I like and save that one too!
When I study the New Testament, I can click on any word to both see AND hear the Greek translation. Seriously. Wow.
I can keep this one page open at our small Bible study and if someone wants to know a Greek word or a little more information on a verse, I have it right there. I don’t have to be surfing the web. Another thing that’s great for people like me is that I can see the type clearly. I don’t need a magnifying glass to read the commentary notes.
They also have an app for the iPhone and the iPad, so I don’t have to have my laptop with me at all times. I can log in through my phone.
So why am I telling you this? Because it’s not only revolutionized the way that I study the Bible, it’s got me addicted! There isn’t a night that I don’t look forward to going to bed because I know I’ll be opening Logos. I went from reading a couple of chapters/day to reading a couple of hours/day.
I can turn out the lights, get comfy in bed and read this for hours on end.
And the thing is, that I haven’t even begun to figure it all out yet. I know that when I do, I’ll have so much more to tell you about it, but for now I’m still getting my feet wet.
My Study Layout
Oh–I also want to tell you about the home page. When I log onto it, I feel like I’m on a website with awesome apps. It has daily devotionals, thought provoking articles, a Bible reading plan, and more. Super cool stuff!
Logos Home Page
Logos 6 just came out last week, and I’m one of the many people who are excited about this. People like Beth Moore, John Piper, Josh McDowell, and Timothy Keller love it too!
But like I said, I haven’t figured it all out yet. There’s so much to explore–and I will. They asked me if I would review it, and I jumped at the chance because next to my Bible, this is my all time favourite thing!
If you want to know more about Logos, click here to visit their website. It’s great for personal study, but since Christmas is coming up, I thought it might also be an ideal group gift for a Pastor or Bible study leader.
Well, gotta run. I have some Bible studying to do!
Chime in! What are some of your favourite Bible study methods? What tools do you like to use? Click here to join the discussion.
You are loved by an almighty God,
The Time-Warp Wife