The devotional content is beautifully written. I am greatly encouraged, motivated and inspired.
Great devotional 5/5
We are so pleased to have this App to use each day for our Bible study and daily devotions. We thoroughly enjoy it. Thanks very much for providing this for everyone.
A Blessing of an app! 5/5
I got this app originally because it is easy to listen to. I listen to it first thing in the morning on my way to work. Being stuck in traffic will not be the same anymore with this app.
Great app! I've had no problems, it let me start at the beginning even though it's actually November.
Keeps me on track 5/5
I’ve struggled for years to incorporate daily bible reading with my routine. I would start out with my one year bible in hand and before I’d know it my attention had wandered off to daily concerns. I love how this app layers in commentary and short messages with the passages and verses. This helps focus my reading and I find myself meditating on the messages throughout the day, often re-reading later in the day to refresh my memory. I’ve been recommending this app to anyone who’ll listen!!
Great app for a long time 4/5
By Cheryl dr
I have loved this app for several years now, but I think it was the older version. It worked very well. I loved hearing Nicky and Pippa's voices taking me through the Bible every day and I liked the audio bible readings. However, when I bought a new iPad I was forced to get the newest app, which will not automatically upload the new material each day like it's supposed to. I have to delete the app and install a new one every day.
Not working 1/5
All of a sudden this morning, the commentaries are unable to refresh. Please fix this! Also, if there were a way to listen to the actual bible in addition to or instead of the commentaries that would be wonderful. Please fix this problem asap. Thanks!
So tired of app not loading or having wrong dates...
Wonderful addition to devotions 5/5
Love this app! Highly recommend it. Commentary is insightful in the Biblically sound.
Very powerful app 5/5
Very good app for me but we need arabic language translation again
Exactly what I was looking for 5/5
By Jacqueline Wood
This app is great for anyone who does not know where to start with the Bible. There are lots of plans for going through the Bible in one year, but the commentaries on this app help me understand the passages and apply them to my life. Please do not be discouraged if you miss a day or two. I am on my third year of getting through the Bible in one year, but this app allows grace for slackers like me because I can go back as far as I need to. I have been blessed by the hard work that has gone into this app, and I recommend it to everyone.
By Peter Nguyen Minh Hai
Bioy is the best plan i have ever seen.
Great app 5/5
This has been foundational to my devotions, and the content and organization are wonderful. Really top notch. But the new update keeps my ipad from rotating between landscape and portrait, where it used to be automatic. It just stays on portrait all the time, which is a smaller font and more difficult to read. Please fix--thank you and God bless!
Update: landscape's back! Thank you! Great icon, didn't confuse me a bit!
Update again: still love this app. Use it everyday.
Update ruined the app 1/5
The app is no longer on the correct date. It won't allow me to refresh and get the correct date anymore. Please fix!
Devotional & Pippa 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 3/5
I would've give this app 5🌟 but the app started freezing, crashing and now it won't even open on my iPhone 6s all of a sudden. Please fix whatever problem so I can stay committed to my daily reading.
Good content. Broken delivery 1/5
By Forgetful Nerd
My New Years resolution to read the entire bible hit a roadblock today (Feb 1) when I stopped being able to get BiOY to update with new commentaries.
It was getting pretty flaky for the couple weeks, always thinking it is Jan 10 (storms of life) and failing to load new days' readings until after closing down and restarting the app. But now that doesn't even work.
As a last resort, I just now uninstalled and reinstalled it thinking maybe that would clear out some bad state I had somehow accumulated. No dice. Now it is just spinning forever "This is your first time loading commentaries. It could take a few minutes...". It has been close to 10 minutes now and still I wait. I think maybe some server has crashed.
This app has lots of potential but someone has to commit to not leaving it to fall into disrepair. I am now going to try to find a suitable replacement.
One last thing, it feels strange that "commentaries" is the name given to the daily readings (c.f. "loading commentaries"), as though the reason I downloaded this app is Nicky Gumbel. The main thing for me is the Bible. It's BiOY not CiOY, right? Words matter. I think the word "readings" would be a more appropriately general term than "commentaries".
Amazing Study; Bugs Distracting 3/5
Yes to all the bugs mentioned in 2017. Please, please fix them! This app is wonderful- the first time I have ever been interested in reading the Bible this much. But yikes - the dates are all messed up, commentaries won't load, gets stuck on Jan 10. Come on... please fix ASAP!
Wonderful app 5/5
I love the integration of the commentaries and the scripture passages. This app got an upgrade at the start of the year; now you can hear the scripture passages read aloud in addition to vicar Nicky Gumbel's commentaries. There is currently a bug that's preventing these from playing sequentially and seamlessly, but I have faith that HTB/Alpha is working on getting that issue sorted out. That bug aside, this app continually proves to be quite a blessing.
Won't load home page 1/5
I've heard a lot about this app. But I can't even get the commentary page to open. I first stare at a blank screen with the words "previous days" on the bottom. It's the only clickable link. That leads to another blank page with a menu icon.
I'll delete for now and download it again in a month or so. Hopefully they get it fixed.
Starting in 2017, this app took a dive 1/5
Everything was flawless until 2017. Now, not so much. The dates are wrong, it doesn't load, and it isn't worth the trouble. The commentaries appear to be the same as last year, which is irksome. Too bad. This was a great app.
BIOY App 1/5
By Kathy Bruce
This app is terrible! Tried to install it 3 times and it starts loading the commentaries and it takes forever!! I let it download for an hour and it still wasn't done. Finally gave up and deleted it. I'll use something else.
Kind of buggy 3/5
I like this app a lot, but the problem with it is when you do the audio version it stops before it finishes one section then hops to another. It is not seamless. Other than that it's a 5 star.
Such a wonderful app 5/5
By Lizza S
This app has been the one which has gotten me to start the habit of getting into the Bible daily! I have looked forward to getting into the word and it is beginning to be a ha it for me. I have been wanting to read the Bible in one year and this is the year it will be possible because of this app. The audio version makes it so much more possible. I absolutely love the commentary. It is the missing link that I truly need. Thank for making this app available to people like me!
Stopped working 2/5
This was my favorite app for about five months. The format, the visuals, the audio were brilliant. I really liked that it automatically opened to the current day and kept track of which readings I'd completed. Then it stopped opening to the current day and got stuck on 10 January so I had to manually fetch new commentaries every day. Then I decided to delete and then reload the app to see if that would help, and now the app won't load at all! So frustrating. I hope the developers can fix the issues because it really is the best resource I have ever seen for helping you read through the Bible in one year. Nicky Gumbel's commentaries are so impressive, especially how he ties together the three passages each day. I'm grateful for this app as it has helped me reconnect with Jesus.
I love this app! 5/5
This app has seriously changed my life for the better. I especially like how you can listen to everything now.
Great commentaries, but the app isn't working that well 3/5
By ATH Girl
I downloaded the app on New Year's Day 2017 and no problems with the tracking of the commentaries until a few days ago. Around 23 January, I had to reset the commentaries each time I opened the app. Day 10 would always show on my screen. It was about 24 January when the tracking got a day behind. As of today, I still have to reset the commentaries with the tracking a day off.
App Doesn't Work 1/5
This is a fantastic idea but the app simply doesn't work. Today is January 19th, 2017, and the app hasn't gone beyond January 9th. Additionally, the reading jumps mid-chapter.
With all love and kindness, I hope the developer is able to fix it because it is a phenomenal way to minister the Word of God.
Needs work 2/5
The previous version was great had no issues, this need update has a lot of bugs. I love the app but haven't been able to truly use it like i was the previous version. Hope they get it fixed soon.
Not satisfied 2/5
The daily readings are seldom ready when I need them to be (at 4 am when I get up). There seems to be no consistent time when they get posted. A little frustrating.
Nice idea, but quite poorly executed 2/5
I really wanted to do this this year, but I haven't even finished the first day, because I get frustrated with the app!
The reading stops mid-chapter and jumps to the next chapter all the time. I usually try to read along to stay focused, but I constantly need to
1. jump back into the playlist select a few chapters (because just selecting the previous chapter doesn't make it play until I select some other chapter before that does play),
2. scrub to the point were it stopped (which I don't know since I'm not looking at the playlist at the time)
3. Go back to the text and try to find the passage just read a few words until it skips to the next chapter again.
The sound skipping is the biggest issue and should be fixed!
It would also be nice if the text could remember where I left off or at least a button that offers based on the sound chapter I'm listening to, jump to the top of the corresponding text chapter, not just the top of the day.
Also seeing the player (timeline, play/pause, skip forward & backward buttons) while being in the text view would improve usability.
This is on iPhone 6 with iOS 10.2
Nice Commentaries, But... 4/5
By Jeff E E E
It takes you through the Bible, but only an overview, not the entire Bible.
Absolutely amazing. Thank you dear Nicky Gumbel and team! God Bless you
Great way to read through the Bible 5/5
This is a great way to read through the Bible in one year. The readings are well organized and easily accessible in the app. The commentaries are insightful, and the Pippa Adds section is always enjoyable.
Excellent app! 5/5
I've been using this app for 2 years in a row now and am about to start my third year. It's easy to use, I love that the scripture is in the app for me and the intros are so lovely. I highly recommend this app for anyone who wants to get deeper in the word! The only things I would like to see changed would be to have other Bible versions (specifically ESV) and have a chronological edition. It's a great resource and I love using it!
Fantastic App 5/5
Another great piece from Alpha. Well done and very easy to follow layout. So far, I've been very impressed with the messages and how well everything is tied together. Must download
By How do I uninstall?
I love this app. It is helping me grow spiritually.
By Mr. Midolo
I have been reading the bible daily for years, and have done other 'bible in a year' outlines. What makes this one different is the incredible, daily insight from Pastor Gumbel (and his wife, Pippi). It makes all the difference in the world.
By Jane Rainmaker
One of our pastors each year encourages us to read the Bible through. Each year we are offered one or more guides. I always set out with great intention. This app is so helpful. The commentaries help me to understand and apply what I am reading. The prayers are a blessing. Get this app!
Wow. Blown away. 5/5
This app is amazing. Listen to it while I drive to work every day. Has such an impact on me. Very insightful.
Great devotional... issue with dots 5/5
By Naples Granny
I love this devotion. It is a beautiful way to start my day. I try to read daily, but sometimes I just don't have time, so the red dots are a great way to know which devotion I last read. However, lately the red dots aren't "working." They are blank or partially filled. Not a big deal, but I hope you will be able to do an update to fix this bug.
So Encouraging! 5/5
Nicky Gumbel's heart for Jesus and each of us, as expressed in his commentary, is encouraging to hear and consider in each of the episodes.
Great App 5/5
I love this app . Keeps me accountable and the commentary is great as well
A true blessing! 5/5
Thank you so much for this app! I look forward to reading Gods word each morning and your accompanying commentary and prayer that goes with it. I will recommend this app to all. Catholic, Protestant and all who want to study Gods Word, this is the Bible app you should have on your home screen! Thank you to this amazing pastor and his wife for their hard work and love for sharing the beauty and wisdom of Gods Words❤️
I use this app every day. For some reason, the passages are not downloading. It says that I need to check the next work connection. There is nothing wrong with the connection. This is happening on both iPad and iPhone.
Worked great until April 3/5
This app is great and I enjoy reading everyday. However, it had started giving me problems by saying it cannot connect to wifi and to check my internet connection.
Stopped working 1/5
I have been using this app since last year, but it has stopped refreshing. It tells me to connect to wifi and check my connection, which I did, but it still does not update. I reinstalled it and that didn't help either.
With the audio it's great! 5/5
I love this app! I had previously tried simply reading the Bible in a year but often was too rushed to really tie things together and draw upon the parallels. This app does a great job! Now that they have audio recordings of the devotional portions of it, I can listen to it in my car on the way to work. I love it! Thanks and keep up the great work!
Mama natural 5/5
Great discovery thanks to you tuber mama natural. Thanks!!
Love it! 5/5
By Z's stuff
I love this app! I love the audio and follow along. If you want to read the bible and do take the time, fit this in your daily routine. Like it was said, we have to fit into God's plan and NOT fit God into our plan. Jesus is the savior and we have to repent and hold Him close to our hearts and lives. I highly recommend this app. I have 'learned' so much and there is more to come. Thank you.
Makes hard reading more enjoyable 5/5
I look forward to my reading, thanks to his enjoyable commentaries.
I love his commentary, it's interesting and gives good summaries about the readings. The commentary makes absorbing the material easier.
Now, into the 3rd month of the year, I can say I've never missed a day--something I've never been able to do with a one year plan before.
I like to read the Old Testament part in the Message version, which also makes it easier.