Bible 360 Review and Giveaway

by Jennifer Sikora

Immersion Digital, the makers of the Bible 360 app is hosting a giveaway for a premium version! Be sure and scroll to the bottom to enter.

We are a church-going family and as such, there are occasions when we are called on to give a talk or teach a Sunday School lesson. Because I am not always as organized as I would like to be, I sometimes find myself staying up late the night before I have to teach to finish my lesson. I used to try to keep my HUGE bible in the car, so that when I found myself waiting somewhere (school parking lot, Dr.’s office) I could take advantage of the time to work on my presentations. But carrying that thick tome around became cumbersome and awkward and my bible was getting kind of beat up during the transit. I had looked at different scripture apps and even downloaded a few to my phone. Some were better than others, but most pretty much limited functionality to reading and maybe highlighting and that was it. Lucky for us, there’s a new Bible app in town. And let me just say, this isn’t your Grandma’s bible!

Bible 360 is a new app that brings the text of Scripture to life through video, interactive technology and social media. Created by Immersion Digital, Bible360 can be downloaded to iPhones and iPads, as well as PCs or Macs. It’s a full-service app that serves as a state of the art, portable study guide for anyone wanting to have a more in-depth understanding of the Old and New Testaments.

The first things I noticed when I opened the program were the amazing graphics. The design is beautiful and easy to navigate. Sometimes designers cram so much into their apps that it’s almost overwhelming to look at, let alone find what you’re actually looking for. Not so with Bible360. The application is set up so that everything is accessed through “lenses”. Each lens houses a variety of easily accessible information.

Click on the “Bible” lens and the entire bible will open up on a very easy-to-read screen so that you can go directly to the chapter you want to read. Verses are linked to relevant resources, including media.

The “Atlas” lens allows the user access to over 130 satellite images of the various biblical locations, which are linked to scriptures and media, so the reader can quickly identify the area in which events they read about have taken place.

The “Me” lens gives readers personal tools to use during study sessions, such as an online journal, reading plans to help keep you on track with your reading goals and the ability to connect with social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, so friends/family can share verses and media links from the Bible.

My boys love the “Media” lens that opens up a host of videos, photos and virtual tours that help bring the bible stories they read about to life. The visuals they get, along with the information in the virtual tours, helps reinforce what they already know and gives them new insights and information about subjects that may not be as familiar. This particular feature has done wonders to eliminate the fights over family scripture reading, as the boys now have something to help hold their attention while we read. Another by-product of the Media lens is the increased communication we have with our boys. They are much more inquisitive about what we are studying than they were in the past and it has been great to sit at the dinner table and have family discussions about how people lived in biblical times.

Things we like about Bible360:

  • Beautifully designed – lots of great visuals that help bring the Bible to life
  • The ability to journal and create presentations/lessons within the application
  • Maps that help the kids identify the locations of events we read about
  • Portable scriptures allow me read and prepare for lessons while waiting in places like school parking lot or Dr.’s offices.

Things we wished were different:

  • Not yet available on the android market for people without iPhones or iPads.

As far as Bible applications go, Bible360 really is the most comprehensive, functional scripture app available on the market right now. Immersion Studios has done a fantastic job of integrating “The Word” with various other functions to make this application a useful addition to your digital library. Bible360 is fun, interactive and offers tons of resources that make reading the scriptures much more interesting and thought provoking.

There are two versions of the application: The “Lite” version is absolutely free and offers the full NIV Bible text, along with select media samples. The Premium version (available as an in-app upgrade for $34.99) gives you full access to 5 different Bible translations, over 3500 pieces of media, as well as other amazing features and resources not available in the Lite version . Plus, an upgrade allows you to put the app on up to 5 devices including Mac, PC, iPhone and iPad!

Enter to win

One reader will get a premium version of Bible 360. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment letting us know how you would use the Bible 360 program.

This giveaway will end on February 14th and announced in our weekly Around the Blogosphere post.

Disclosure:  I received the Premium version of the Bible360 application in order to facilitate this review.  I was also compensated for this post, however my opinions are always my own.

Geri Chase is a freelance writer, blogger and mom/wife to two fantastic boys and a humorous husband.  She is currently sifting through her new app to figure out exactly how many colors were in Joseph’s coat.  When she’s not obsessing over new software, Geri blogs about her life and family adventures over at I Am Boymom.



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1 LaVonne February 1, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I think that this sounds perfect for homeschooling!

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2 Missy Lynnh February 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I’m really excited about this giveaway! I would use this with my daily bible reading- I could really benefit from the Bible brought to life like this. I think this would also be a great teaching resource for me to use with my children. Thanks for the chance to win it!

-Missy L

mlynnh5 at gmail dot com

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3 Jenny February 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm

With a baby on the hip and diaper bags, juggling my Bible is not a good thing! I love having a Bivle in my pocket on my phone!

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4 Stephanie Lancione February 1, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I would use it to read Bible stories to my daughter on the go!

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5 HappyMomC February 1, 2012 at 9:05 pm

This would be a great for teaching my kids and sharing God’s love for us.

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6 renita February 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I would use it for homeschool but my dh would use it for leading the children’s lessons at Bible Study Fellowship.

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7 Jenn February 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I would use it at home during our homeschool Bible lessons and in my Sunday School class – what a cool ap!

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8 Milcah February 2, 2012 at 3:21 am

I’d like to use it for more info during our Bible studies.

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9 Elizabeth B February 2, 2012 at 5:47 am

This is awesome! I would love this for our current Sunday School class we’re attending! We’re working our way through the Old Testament and I get so confused on the geography! I always bring my iPad with me, so this would work out great! Thanks so much!

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10 Dominique February 2, 2012 at 7:14 am

I would use this to enhance my teaching of the scripture /bible to my kids. It would really help me as I can use it on the Ipad.

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11 Ticia February 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

I’d use this for teaching my kids and for my Sunday School class. It looks great!

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12 Randy February 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm

This would be a wonderful addition to studying His Word with my wife and daughters.

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13 Mona February 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I have a new ipad2 and have been looking for the best bible App…
This sounds like it more than meets the criteria I was looking for.
I will use it in so many ways , Family Bible study, my womens bible study, with my Grand Daughter, (who loves my ipad) and personally to study His word in a new way. That’s exciting! Thanks for the Give-a-way

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14 Kat February 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I would use this daily. In my own study, children and study at church.

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15 April W. February 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm

We’d use to to make our Bible class more fun that we teach at our local high school.

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16 tracy simms February 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

This will be great for our Bible lessons at home! Thanks,

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17 Amy B February 3, 2012 at 2:49 am

I would love to have this on my iPhone and MAC. I like to do Bible study in the car during ballet, or while I am waiting in the rocking chair for someone to go to sleep. I always use the Bible on my iPhone, but this sounds way cooler!

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18 Debbie Kennedy February 3, 2012 at 8:32 am

My children go to a Christian daycare and they come home with lots of bible questions (some of which I cannot answer). This would be a great learning opportunity for all of us to do together.

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19 Don February 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Perfect for our family.

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20 Thomas February 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I like that you can make up presentations using the program.

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21 Angela E. February 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I like this giveaway very much.

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22 Van February 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

This get’s a thumbs up from me!

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23 vicki February 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm

It would be great to have this with me all the time. I get a lunch hour at work that I usually waste —- this Bible would definitely change this.

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24 Erica Best February 4, 2012 at 1:35 am

my sister would love this

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25 Clarinda Olenslager February 4, 2012 at 4:35 am

I would use if for my whole family. We homeschool and it would help with so many subjects. I would use it to read more and see all the pictures to bring the bible more visibly alive.

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26 katherine d. February 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I would actually give this to my sister, she would love it!

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27 June February 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I would use it to help my grandchildren understand more about the bible.

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28 melissa n February 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

This woudl be wonderful to have in our home since we haven’t really found a church we “mesh” well with, so we could do it at home :)

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29 Jessica T February 4, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I’d use it for our bible study!

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30 Melissa P. February 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I love this. This would be perfect for my family’s learning of the Bible.

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31 Sheila Vives February 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I am torn between giving this to a close friend, giving it to my son, and using it for myself.
My son has been trying to grasp and understand Christianity. He had been attending church and then entered theology school to study ministry, but has been so struggling to find truth in different belief systems. This program would give him an easier understanding and a more in depth view of the Bible and encourage further reading and study. If I do not win this or if I do, please keep Christopher in your prayers ! Thank you !

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32 Carrie Macias February 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I would love this for my own studies. I have lately been reading other spiritual books and I would like to return my focus to the bible itself. This is a great tool to measure my growth as I age and gain experience and wisdom.

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33 Brittany February 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm

WOW! This looks awesome!

I would love this software to grow in my knowledge of God’s word… and one day get the confidence to lead a small group!

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34 Vanessa February 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Would be a great study resource.

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35 Ben February 6, 2012 at 12:46 am

My wife and I have recently come into a position as a small group leader in our church. It would be of such great benefit to have this as a resource to use to lead our small group in a more comprehensive and in depth manner.

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36 Erin February 6, 2012 at 6:57 am

I would use it to inspire my husband & family to get back into going to church. Something I’ve been trying to do this year!

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37 Kimberly February 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I would use this for our weekly homeschooling Bible Lesson. This would really add so many more resources to my lessons.

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38 Adeleye Samson February 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I am a new convert and I’ve never felt there is a software like the bible360, it feels my soula dn with the notes, maps and photos! I feel like I was there at the time of Jesus. It would really help me to get the premium version.

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39 Aisha February 7, 2012 at 2:17 am

This would be an awesome tool for my sons to learn the Bible. It would also help me and my husband learn too. So excited for this giveaway!

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40 Lauren Knott February 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

My mom would love this!

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41 Jeni Monroe February 7, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I would put the app on my Kindle Fire and use it as my daily reading devotional tool.

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42 Kristen Miles February 8, 2012 at 10:51 am

Since this is not available for the Android market, I would have to give this app to my brother, who owns an Ipad, so he could have the Bible and all the fun stuff to go with it where ever he goes.
He could certainly use a little more Bible in his life!
Kristen

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43 Chuck February 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I think this would be a good learning tool for kid’s today.

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44 Julie February 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I would give this to my husband because he is a pastor! We just planted a church about a year ago and do not have a lot of money to buy tons of fun stuff like this! He could use this for many of his sermons!

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45 Alison S. February 9, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I would love this for my mom.

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46 Paul Fritz Gaboton February 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm

This is a great idea. it’s a perfect tool to teach the young people who are not too interested to read or bring or have a Bible book. This new generation is more excited with the technology, so this could help a lot to everybody.

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47 Jeff February 13, 2012 at 2:44 am

What a good way to teach your children in today’s world.

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48 Garrett February 13, 2012 at 8:29 am

Many would benefit from a program such as this.

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49 Janell Poulette February 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I would love to use this as part of our bible class for home school.

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50 Lori February 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Good for the whole family.

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51 Corey Olomon February 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I found you on Blogging with Mom.

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52 Stephanie Whitfield February 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I wake up each morning with praising God with an “Attitude of Gratitude,” and believe in maintaining this throughout my day. I have the Daily Bible app on my phone, but would love to have this Bible360 since my phone has become almost another body appendage…lol. What and amazing app. The graphics are phenomenal. Why is this not available on Android phones? Not everyone has nor wants an iphone. This app would definitely be a plus for me each day as I continue to traverse my way through the tough, but rewarding journey of trying to take my very small business to the next level!

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53 karissa February 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I would use it daily on my continuous journey to be close to the lord. Also with a baby its perfect for reading to her while we are out of the house. And it would help my two brothers who have trouble learning to fully understand and review what we learned at church or anything they have a question about. (Related to the Bible) I know the contest is over but I just saw this today and wanted to post anyway.

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54 Kathy February 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm

What an incredible resource with so many applications for teaching, learning and encouraging others. I would love the Bible360 to explore the many ways of feeling “you were there” at significant times in history and in the life of Jesus. Ditto on missing the contest, but a great resource worth noting!

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55 ely July 31, 2012 at 7:43 pm

This is a great resource for our Family Discipleship group.

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56 Denny Davis August 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm

As part of or deacon’s study and men’s bible study group and perhaps more importantly in my personal devotional and study time for personal growth.

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57 Michael December 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

My wife and I teach kindergarten and first grade Bible study each Sunday. I believe some of the unique features of the 360 Bible would add new interest to our class.

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58 Brian A December 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

This is an app (Lite) that I have played with and would enjoy the full version to continue my research and further expose my children to the word of God. Thanks for the chance to win a full version

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59 Jackie January 3, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Thank you for sharing the full version for I am so excited to explore the bible to know more about God :)

Thank you Lord! Hallelujah! God bless you :)

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60 Deborah Clay March 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm

What a beautiful resourse forour ladies bible study. The class was richly blessed using the tabernacle virtual tour for our Bible Study on Covenant. Would love to be able to use the full version in this class. Thank You, Deborah Clay

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61 Juliette April 7, 2013 at 8:42 pm

My friend introduced me to Bible 360. Seeing I am a Sunday School teacher, this us perfect for our discussions and sight presentations.

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