Recommended Bible Apps, Books, and Translations

*NOTE: We recommend that students have a print Bible to use for reading and study, even with the Bible app. The print Bible allows focused reading and is easy to highlight, underline and add notes to the pages. In a best-case situation, students would use both and always bring at least one of them with them to church and small group.

Bible Apps and Websites

YouVersion Bible

Tens of millions of people are using the Bible App to make God’s Word a part of their daily lives. Download the free app and access your bookmarks, notes, and reading plans from anywhere. Enjoy hundreds of versions, including audio, all on your mobile device. We share our lesson notes each week on here, similar to how the church shares the weekly sermon notes on the app.

Bible Gateway

Bible Gateway is your rich social and personal connection to freely read, research, and reference Scripture on your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone. . . anywhere; in more than 180 versions! Its simple yet advanced searching capabilities allow you to quickly find and compare particular passages in multiple Bible translations based on the keywords, phrases, topics, or Scripture references you have in mind.

Accordance Bible Software

Access ancient wisdom and modern insights through an ever-growing library of titles. Illuminate your research and teaching using intelligent tools in an easy-to-use, lightning-fast interface.

Olive Tree Study Bible

Olive Tree’s mission is to inspire people to connect with God and the Bible via technology using iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac and PC.

Study Bibles

Girls Life Application Study Bible NLT
We recommend this for girls age 10-12.

This Bible for girls includes over 800 Life Application notes plus Foundations for Your Faith sections designed to help girls learn more about the Bible, understand the Bible’s big story, meet Jesus, know what it means to follow him, learn how to share their faith with others, and gain practical faith and relationship skills that will help them live out what they believe. You can learn more about it and purchase it here.

Guys Life Application Study Bible NLT
We recommend this for guys age 10-12.

An edition of the Bible created for guys ages 11 to 14 based on the best-selling Life Application Study Bible. Packed full of notes and features, it is easy to use and helps answer the questions guys may have about God and life. You can learn more about it and purchase it here.

Teen Life Application Study Bible NLT
We recommend this for all students age 13-18.

This Bible for teens combines traditional study Bible features like book introductions, textual notes, person profiles, and maps with application-oriented features focusing on choices, real-life issues, and real-life stories of actual teens. You can learn more about it and purchase it here. (We also recommend the hard cover so that it will last longer.)

Bible Translations

New Living Translation

This is the main reading and study translation we use with 5th-8th graders.  This is an accurate and easy-to-read version of the Bible that has been very accurately translated by a trusted group of Biblical scholars.  I’ve been using it personally and professional for over twenty years.  I can’t recommend it highly enough.

The Message

This is our second favorite translation.  It puts the Bible text into the same type of everyday-language in English that it would have been in the original Greek and Hebrew. The Bible was never supposed to “sound holy.”  Its words are powerful and connect us with our Holy God.  This Bible does that in a fresh way.  A great translation to pick up and read if the text has become so “familiar” to you that it has lost its power or ability to challenge you.

New International Version

This is one of the most popular versions of the English Bible in use today.  Although I do not believe it reads as easily as the New Living Translation, it is accurately translated and another good English Bible.

The Voice

This is our newest addition to recommended Bibles.  Similar in style to the Message, it puts the text into a style more natural to the modern reader.  Check it out!

New English Translation

This is consistently one of the most accurate and helpful translations to be done in recent years.

The Action Bible

This is not simply a text translation.  This is the Bible done in visual form, like a graphic novel.  This is powerful for preteens and middle school students, and a good read for adults as well!  It’s available as an app as well.  And you can find it as an eBook for your favorite eBook reader!