Logos Bible Software

thePsalmist on March 5th, 2009

logoslogovtrans100x143In this modern age, where many of us spend hours a day online, or at least on a computer for leisure, work or study, reaching for a book on a shelf might seem like either a luxury or a very slow means of finding information.

There is no doubt in my mind that there is little which can top the pleasure and relaxation of holding a real book in your hands and sitting down with a cup of tea and spending half an hour or more just reading. Bookshops remain one of my guilty pleasures in life still to this day. BUT…I’m also pretty busy, and much of my time is spent studying the Bible and preparing sermons, thoughts for the day, writing articles and teaching others about God’s word. The truth is, my bookshelves are stacked full of books which I just don’t always have time to search through by hand to find the information or the quotes I want.

More still, the Bible itself. As much as I know a fair bit about the Bible I constantly find myself scratching my head trying to remember where a particular story or passage is.

It’s for these things that Logos Bible Software was invented … and more.

Logos is much more than just a Bible study tool. It is an entire electronic library management system. For instance, if I open up my copy of Logos on my laptop (which actually I don’t need to do because I pretty much always have it running on my toolbar) I can quickly see that in my laptop alone I have over 500 different books, journals, Bibles, and other reference materials. Each of these can be immediately searched in a variety of ways.

If I want another book, for instance we going through the Gospel of Mark as a church right now so I recently wanted some small group material on Mark, I just visit the logos.com website and see what they’ve got. From the comfort of my office chair or settee I can buy and download a vast range of thousands of titles and have them imediately within Logos ready to search and work with.

Everything is just a click or two away.

The interface is excellent, which is no mean feat when you consider the vast array of functions and toolsets built into the Logos software. Whether you mostly just want to read books and search them easily, or do scholarly level ancient language studies, Logos has it all. It even has a very nice wordsearch maker tool (great for kids work at church) and tools for writing notes, sermons, and more.

The other great thing about Logos is that it is highly scaleable to your needs. You can buy it in a range of flavours (mine was the Scholar’s Library Silver which I’ve added to extensively over the years with other bundles and individuals titles) to suit your needs and budget. Once you’re a customer you will find they are constantly adding new titles to their range every week, and you will get large discounts on upcoming titles by agreeing to buy them before they’re available. So in the long run it’s a way to save money on the books you’ll want to buy in the future as well.

Anyway, it’s such a huge tool that this brief review can’t possible do it justice. If you are serious about your Bible study, especially if you are in full time ministry, then I heartily recommend Logos Bible Software to you!

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