September 4, 2015

Closer Look

As busy people in a busy world, smartphones and tablets have provided new ways for us to simplify, connect, organize, and learn through the beauty of these things called apps. There is a plethora of options for every interest and every lifestyle need. We asked a few of our readers to share the apps they can’t live without, and hope you will find something here that will help you in your daily walk with God.

For Your Devotional Life:

60 1 2YouVersion Bible
The number-one rated Bible app, contains more than 1,000 versions of the Bible in hundreds of languages with a large assortment of reading plans and a customizable reading experience.

60 2Instapray
Instapray connects people around the world through prayer. You can request and share prayers, pray for someone, and support and encourage each other through your active prayer life.

60 3 5Devoted—Daily Devotional
Enjoy daily devotional messages from Pacific Press Publishing Association authors. Fresh, compelling devotionals for each day of the year. Perfect for quiet devotion times anywhere or on the go, without hauling a book around.

For Your Health and Fitness:

60 4Sworkit Lite
Sworkit guides you through video exercises demonstrated by professional personal trainers with no equipment needed. You simply choose what type of workout you want to do (strength, cardio, stretching, etc.), your time frame, and go.

60 5Endomondo
This is ideal for running, walking, and biking. You can track all your workouts with GPS, check your stats, and use them to reach your individual fitness goals.


60 6Kids Media
From Common Sense Media, this app offers the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and review for films, games, apps, TV shows, Web sites, books, and music. It helps parents better evaluate what media elements are right for their kids.

Kitchen Help:

60 7All Recipes Dinner Spinner
This app gives you instant access to’s huge database of member-shared recipes, photos, ratings, and reviews. Recipes can be searched and customized based on dietary restrictions. The dinner spinner function can be used to randomly select something for you on those days when you have no idea what to cook.

Manage Your Money:

60 8Mint
Mint helps you manage your finances, a must for students away from home and on their own for the first time, or anyone wanting to manage their money efficiently. Easily pull all accounts, cards, and investments into one place to track spending, create a budget, receive bill reminders, and get tips for reducing fees and saving money.

All of these apps are free and compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Android.