It is extremely rare that I teach a Enjoy Your Bible Workshop or speak at a conference without someone asking me about audio Bibles. The questions usually sounds something like one of these…
- Should I use them?
- When do you use them?
- When should I NOT use them?
- What are the best ones?
Covering all these questions in one blog post would make for an extremely long post! I will address all of these in later posts, but today we’ll keep it simple.
The answer to the first question is: Yes! Absolutely! Without a doubt!
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s look at the top two ways I use audio Bibles. (Then I want to hear about how you use audio Bibles in the comments.)
1. As a complement to what I am currently internalizing.
If you’ve been hanging around this blog for very long, you’ve heard me use the word internalization. In fact, I don’t use the word memorization at all. (more on that here) Internalization is woven into the way that I study.
Whenever I study a book of the Bible the first step is to read it – over and over. In fact, my goal is 30 times in 30 days.
Any time I can weave hearing the Bible into those first 30 days, I do it.
This is usually in my car. The audio keeps it fresh. There will be words or phrases that hit me differently because of how the reader chose to emphasize it. I don’t always agree with their emphasis, but the fact that I’m thinking about it is definitely a plus.
Listening to an audio Bible does not replace my reading – it complements it.
This is super important to keep in mind. Unless you have vision issues or get headaches when you read, then you’ve got to do some reading on your own. Otherwise, you will always be hearing the passage through the lens – albeit an audio lens – of the reader.
2. As my favorite – hands down! – review technique.
Reviewing passages I have internalized is how I spend quite a bit of my “car time.” (Of course, this is when I’m not singing at the top of my lungs entertaining – or punishing – the people in the cars around me.)
Simply put: If I want to refresh myself on something that I have internalized, I have found no faster way to do it than by “talking along” with an audio Bible.
Most often I will use the YouVersion Bible App on my phone. It streams the audio and doesn’t cost a penny. (If you don’t have unlimited data on your phone plan this is a really bad idea!)
Sometimes I will even put in one of my own recorded presentations. Something about talking along with my own voice gets me into the “cadence” of the passage. (And yes…it’s still weird to hear my own voice.)
There have been times where I have simply recorded myself reading a book – or section – that I want to review. Simple. No music. No extra wind, rain, or animal noises thrown in. Just the Word.
Bottom Line: I am a huge fan of audio Bibles.
NOTE: You might also want to check out this post: How NOT To Use An Audio Bible