Glo Bible: My thoughts and reflections

I opened up the Glo Bible the software for the first time and I was immediately amazed. It was pretty, it flowed well and it had a plethora of resources available to check out. I was excited to really start studying the Bible with my new study tool. The next day I started in my study of Ecclesiastes and I immediately became slightly disappointed. I wanted to do an in-depth study of the book of Ecclesiastes and unfortunately there wasn’t enough there for me to do that with the software alone. I still like the program, but I was hoping it was going to be a more inclusive software bundle than it is. Let me highlight a few of my favorite things and a few things I’m hoping get added either by paying slightly more or in a free update (obviously my preference). Glo Bible has a series of lenses that allow you to look at different aspects of the Bible. There are five lenses: Bible, Timeline, Atlas, Topical and Media.

Favorites:

1. Glo Bible has a very intuitive interface. It takes a little getting used to, but after you watch the tutorials it shouldn’t be too difficult even for technology newbies. No matter what you want to find it is just a couple of clicks away.

2. Very specific searching allows the user to find exactly what they are looking for. An example from the tutorial shows how to search for the words of Jesus found in John in the city of Jerusalem during the Passion Week. I know for me, I would have no idea how to find that unless I flipped through the whole book of John and that is a little annoying. With this software you can do just a few clicks and let the software do the “flipping” for you. In order to do this all you would need to do is click on the Topical lens. Then you zoom in a right click on Words of Jesus and “send” it to the Biblical lens. This shows you all of the words of Jesus throughout the whole Bible. You then zoom in to the book of John and drag a box around the book of John and “send” it to the Atlas lens and select Jerusalem and “send” it to the Chronological lens and select the Passion week. Trust me it is a lot easier to do than it sounds. The last tutorial video shows you how to do just that. This is a very powerful tool that will make finding specific verses much easier.

3. Custom reading plans allow you to pick exactly what you want to read and then either pick how many days you in which you want to read or how many minutes per day you want to read. Then when you read it counts down how many minutes you have left to read for that day. There are also some pre-set plans that give you a variety of options as well.

Not-my favorites:

1. The software does include the NIV study study so while you read the notes are at the bottom and you can sign in with your YouVersion account and see notes written by others as well. Those things are nice, but what I really want is some in-depth commentary. I would be willing to pay for an additional update with a full commentary that way this software was all I would need for in-depth study. I wouldn’t care if it was each book of the Bible that I had to purchase an add-on for or one add-on with the Matthew Henry Commentary or something like that. Additional resources like Bible Dictionaries or Word studies would be nice too.

2. On slightly older computers the software runs a little slow. I know they have the option of running the media off of the discs, but that is cumbersome if you are traveling.

Overall I really like the software. It allows me to have a Bible study tool unlike any other where I can search for very specific topics or find out where certain events happened or pieces of art that relate to stories or verses in the Bible. There are many tools in the software that I am still investigating and will probably be investigating for a long time. I would recommend this software to any one I know, but if they are looking for commentary I would tell them to buy one of those in addition to this. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that this is something that they are looking to expand upon in the near future.

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