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New for PocketBible: Book of Common Prayer (1979)

Posted on: April 9th, 2014 by Michelle Stramel 2 Comments

We’ve had numerous request over the years to publish the Book of Common Prayer. We now have available for use with PocketBible, the 1979 edition of this historical book, used primarily by the Episcopal church in the United States.

The Book of Common Prayer is a resource for communal worship and personal devotion. It includes rites and guides to administration of sacraments as well as a daily office, lectionary and more. Rather than the full Bible text that may be provided in a printed copy of this book, the PocketBible edition of this book links to Bible passages so you can view the text in your preferred Bible translation.

The Book of Common Prayer is available for use with PocketBible for iOS, Android OS, Windows Phone, Windows Store, Windows PC and Windows Mobile. It is also available for use with MyBible for Palm OS. Regularly $4.99, you can get this title free during the month of April by using Priority Code BOCP79 when you order it at the Laridian website.

What’s in the Pipeline?

Posted on: March 30th, 2014 by Michelle Stramel 102 Comments

We often get asked about what we are working on. While you can be sure we are always working, and that our work probably involves some version of PocketBible, we understand you may be interested in a more detailed explanation of what is going on behind the scenes. It is in that spirit that we are going to try something new with an occasional post on what’s in the pipeline for apps and books.

You’ll notice we don’t talk about release dates. We’ve been in this business for a long time and have learned that our best-laid plans often go awry. In fact, in the software business, that’s the rule rather than the exception. So we don’t spit into that wind nor tilt at those windmills. We’re pursuing the goals you see below at our best pace and will release new books and updates to our apps as soon as they’re ready.

Apps

  • PocketBible for Android – Version 1.1.2 is the most recent release. We had some personnel changes on this project that have introduced a bit of a hiccup in the schedule but we’re getting back up to speed quickly. We’re currently working on the ability to add notes to your Bibles. Follow us on Google+ for the most up to date info.
  • PocketBible 3.1 for iOS – version 3.1.0 was uploaded to the App Store on 3/28/14. Next major update will probably coincide with whatever iOS changes Apple makes for the iPhone 6 in September.
  • PocketBible for Mac OS – Look for video updates elsewhere on the blog. If you’re a backer of the Kickstarter project that funded this work, you will get more frequent updates through Kickstarter. We’re currently working on navigation features — like going directly to a verse, displaying the table of contents for a book, looking up words in dictionaries, and going to today’s reading in a devotional. Next up will probably be user-created data — notes, highlights, bookmarks, and devotional reading history.
  • PocketBible for Windows Phone – Send us your suggestions for enhancements.
  • PocketBible for Windows Store – Version 2.2.0.318 was released to the Windows Store late in 2013. This update supports Windows 8.1 and adds new advanced features including the ability to listen to any type book and add notes directly from the notes pane.

Books

Here’s what our editorial team has in the queue for you (not in any particular order):

  • Wesley Study Bible (Abingdon)
  • Knowing Jesus (Kingsley Books) – released 4/9/14
  • The Bible Book by Book (Kingsley Books)
  • Essential Truths of Christianity (Kingsley Books)
  • Discovering God’s Way (Kingsley Books)
  • Living the Christian Life (Kingsley Books)
  • Additional volumes of the Cornerstone Commentaries (Tyndale)
  • Framework for Christian Faith (Generation Word)
  • Additional volumes of the Ancient Christian Commentary Series (IVP)

Disclaimers: All this is subject to change in priority, feasibility, copyright licensing, etc. That means we reserve the right to never release these features or books. We are sharing with you the current plan which is written in sand, not stone. Also, just because something is not on this list doesn’t mean we are not considering it. Finally, we are open to your requests, suggestions and comments!

New! Read through the Harmonized Gospels in 40 Days

Posted on: February 25th, 2014 by Michelle Stramel 7 Comments

An ideal way to prepare for Easter, this new Laridian Reading Plan will take you through the Harmonized Gospels in 40 days. Based on A.T. Robertson’s A Harmony of The Gospels, you’ll read through the Bible passages that recount the years Jesus spent on earth as told by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John–in the order in which the events happened. The assigned daily readings will make it easy to compare gospel accounts of the same event.

This free reading plan is already available for download on your device if you are using PocketBible for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Android OS, Windows Phone or Windows Store. There is nothing you need to order. Simply open PocketBible on your device and choose the menu to download this book: Harmonized Gospels 40 Day Reading Plan.

If you are using PocketBible for Windows PC or Windows Mobile, you can add this book to your account for free and download and install it to your device through your download account on the Laridian web site.

As with any Bible reading plan created for use with PocketBible, you’ll see the assigned daily readings for each day and you can tap on the passage to read it in your preferred Bible translation. PocketBible will track your progress through the plan if you’d like.* You can also have PocketBible automatically highlight the linked passage for you so you know what to read (if this is not working, check under settings for an option to “Highlight linked passage” and make sure this is checkmarked or set to “on”*).

*These features still to come in PocketBible for Android OS

New for PocketBible: IVP Bible Background Commentary New Testament (2nd Edition)

Posted on: February 21st, 2014 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

IVP Bible Background Commentary NT 2nd Ed coverThe IVP Bible Background Commentary New Testament has been revised and expanded and the 2nd edition of this best-selling title is now available for use with PocketBible.

New to the second edition of the commentary are maps and charts of important historical resources. In addition, the first edition text was expanded by 15% and updated throughout with further explanations of significant background issues. Author, Craig Keener, is one of the leading scholars of Jewish, Greek and Roman culture and religion during the New Testament era. Originally published in 1994, this second edition shows the fruit of an additional twenty years of intensive research by Keener into New Testament culture and history.

When originally published, this type of cultural information on the Bible was not accessible to the average Bible student. Keener wanted to provide cultural background on the New Testament arranged in a manner that allowed the reader to answer all the pertinent questions on a given passage. The first edition of his background commentary sold over half a million copies.

The IVP Bible Background Commentary New Testament provides, in verse-by-verse format, the crucial cultural background you need for responsible–and richer–Bible study. It includes a glossary of cultural terms and important historical figures, maps and charts, up-to-date bibliographies, and introductory essays about cultural background information for each book of the New Testament.

The IVP Bible Background Commentary New Testament requires PocketBible for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, PocketBible for Android, PocketBible for Windows Phone, PocketBible for Windows Store, PocketBible for Windows PC or MyBible for Palm OS. It is available for $27.99 from the Laridian website. It is also available in a bundle with the companion volume, IVP Bible Background Commentary Old Testament for $39.99.

New for PocketBible: N.T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guides

Posted on: December 12th, 2013 by Michelle Stramel 8 Comments

NT Wright for Everyone Study Guide Revelation coverN. T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guides are a series of 19 Bible study guides covering the entire New Testament for use with PocketBible.

Each guide covers one or more books of the New Testament. Each study uses the popular inductive Bible study method to explore the passage with notes and comments from New Testament Scholar, N.T. Wright. The guides can be used for individual or group study.

In keeping with the inductive Bible study method, each study includes three types of questions: observation questions, which ask about the basic facts in the passage; interpretation questions, which delve into the meaning of the passage; and application questions, which help you discover the implications of the text for growing in Christ. Each study also features selected comments from N.T. Wright’s New Testament For Everyone commentary series. These notes provide further biblical and cultural background and contextual information.

N.T. Wright was formerly Bishop of Durham in the Church of England from 2003 until his retirement in 2010. He is currently research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

N.T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guides each requires PocketBible for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, PocketBible for Android, PocketBible for Windows Phone, PocketBible for Windows Store, PocketBible for Windows PC or MyBible for Palm OS. Individual volumes are priced at $7.99 to $9.99 each. A bundle of all 19 volumes is available for $124.99 and saves you 25% over purchasing the titles separately.

Please note: Our license agreement with the publisher of this series restricts our distribution to certain areas of the world. We’re not allowed to sell these titles to customers outside of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

New for PocketBible: Hidden in Christ

Posted on: November 16th, 2013 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

Hidden in Christ coverHidden in Christ: Living as God’s Beloved is a 30-day devotional title focusing on Colossians 3:1-17 by James Bryan Smith.

Memorizing and studying a passage in depth can offer a deeper sense of the meaning of each word. In this unique introduction to the hidden life in Christ, James Bryan Smith walks readers through a thirty-day immersion in Colossians 3:1-17. Each of the thirty short chapters of Hidden in Christ bring out the main truth of just one word or phrase of this rich passage. You’ll also find a very simple daily practice to take up, reflection questions and a guide for five weeks of group discussion.

In the introduction to the book, Smith writes: “My aim in this book is to take you on this journey with me. I tried, in each of the thirty chapters, to bring out the rich insights each word had provided for me. The goal here was not to excavate some scholarly insights, but to bring forth the main truth of the word or phrase in such a way that you, the reader, will find encouragement, refreshment and enthusiasm. Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians not to give them an academic treatise on Christian theology but to tell his readers a story—the greatest story the world has ever heard.”

Hidden in Christ: Living as God’s Beloved requires PocketBible for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, PocketBible for Android, PocketBible for Windows Phone, PocketBible for Windows Store, PocketBible for Windows PC or MyBible for Palm OS. The list price is $9.99.

New for PocketBible: Too Busy Not To Pray

Posted on: October 4th, 2013 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

Too Busy Not To Pray coverToo Busy Not To Pray (20th Anniversary Edition) is a classic title on prayer by Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. Revised throughout and including a new introduction and new chapter on prayer and compassion for the world, Too Busy Not To Pray calls both young and old to make prayer a priority, and broadens our vision for what our eternal, powerful God does when his people slow down to pray.

Too Busy Not To Pray is not a deep theological treatise on prayer but rather a practical guidebook on the why and how of prayer. It is a reminder, encouragement and inspiration to spend daily time communicating with the God who saved us and loves us. Because this book came out of Bill Hybels attempt to improve his own prayer life, you won’t find yourself judged or condemned if you struggle with regular prayer. Instead you’ll be challenged to look at why you may not be praying regularly and encouraged to take some practical steps to get started. As one reviewer put it: “You cannot read this book without praying more, and praying better. It is thoughtful, clear, compelling and challenging–Bill at his best!”

Too Busy Not To Pray requires PocketBible for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, PocketBible for Windows Phone, PocketBible for Android, PocketBible for Windows Store, PocketBible for Windows PC or MyBible for Palm OS. The list price is $9.99.

New for PocketBible: Hard Sayings of the Bible

Posted on: September 19th, 2013 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

Hard Sayings of the Bible CoverThis new PocketBible title from InterVarsity Press (IVP) is a unique commentary that focuses on the difficult passages of Scripture. Hard Sayings of the Bible was originally published in five volumes by IVP:

  • The Hard Sayings of Jesus by F.F. Bruce
  • Hard Sayings of the Old Testament by Walter C. Kaiser
  • More Hard Sayings of the Old Testament by Walter C. Kaiser
  • Hard Sayings of Paul by by Manfred T. Brauch
  • More Hard Sayings of the New Testament by Peter H. Davids

The PocketBible edition of Hard Sayings of the Bible combines these best-selling volumes into one volume along with new material from Walter Kaiser and Peter Davids. Over one hundred new verses have been added to the list of texts explained, as well as a dozen introductory articles addressing common questions that recur throughout the Bible.

The original “hard saying” of the Bible was John 6:53. This passage is explained as well as over 500 more. What makes a verse or passage a “hard saying?” “What F. F. Bruce wrote in his introduction to The Hard Sayings of Jesus can likely be said of nearly all the difficult texts in this collection: they may be hard for two different reasons. First are those that, because of differences in culture and time, are hard to understand without having their social and historical backgrounds explained. Second are those that are all too easily understood but that challenge the ways we think and act…”

Hard Sayings of the Bible requires PocketBible for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, PocketBible for Windows Phone, PocketBible for Android, PocketBible for Windows Store, PocketBible for Windows PC or MyBible for Palm OS. The list price is $19.99.

The Trail of Blood: Following the Christians Down Through the Centuries

Posted on: September 15th, 2013 by Craig Rairdin No Comments

Back when I was at Parsons Technology in the late 80′s and 90′s I was attending a Baptist church. Somewhere along the way I picked up a copy of this little booklet — probably at a Jack Hyles or Curtis Hudson revival meeting. The Trail of Blood is a history of the church starting with the church in Jerusalem through the present day (well, through the early 1930′s, which is when it was written). What’s interesting about it is that it lays out ten or twelve distinctive doctrines that the author identifies as characteristic of Bible-believing Christianity and follows those doctrines — not the dominant churches of the day.

Whether you attend a Baptist church, consider yourself basically “baptistic” in doctrine, or are just interested in church history, this is an interesting book. I happened to think of it the other day, contacted the copyright owner, and discovered that it has recently passed into the public domain. So I quickly tagged it for PocketBible.

The Trail of Blood suggests that it was the Catholic church that split from the “true church” and points out that Protestant churches didn’t so much rise out of traditional Christian doctrine but rather Catholic doctrine, and that Catholics and Protestants together persecuted those who held to the doctrines that the author believes Paul and the early church would be most comfortable with.

Admittedly, this is a controversial title. (That’s why we didn’t make it free — so it wouldn’t show up automatically in everyone’s download account.) Obviously by suggesting that Catholics and Protestants are branches of the same, doctrinally flawed stock, he will offend most of Christendom. And contemporary scholars with access to more recent archaeological discoveries and historical documents would challenge his characterizations of some early groups of Christians. But the concept is an interesting one to consider and certainly worth dropping a dollar on to learn more. The historical chart it includes, showing the “trail of blood” through the centuries, is worth at least that much.

If it bothers you, skip it. But I think many of you would find it fascinating. In my case, while I no longer fellowship with a Baptist church, it was very formative of my understanding of the transmission of truth through the centuries.

Two New Books for PocketBible

Posted on: September 2nd, 2013 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

IVP Pocket Dictionary of Reformed TraditionIVP Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition is the latest addition to our collection of Pocket Reference titles from InterVarsity Press (IVP). With 300 entries, this dictionary is a concise introduction to one of the great Christian traditions. The title can be purchased separately for $4.99 or as part of the 15 volume Pocket Reference Series bundle.

John Wesley’s Notes on the Whole Bible are also now available for use with PocketBible. These verse-by-verse comments on the Old and New Testament give you a glimpse into this great theologian and preacher’s thoughts on the Bible text — all in the convenience of PocketBible. This title is available for $24.99.

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