Can Elderly Parents REALLY Handle an Audio Version Bible? Sometimes!

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How to Read the Bible In One Year

For the past year, I listened daily to a Bible app I love (sadly, no longer available). I puzzled over a way to implement a “how to read the Bible in a year schedule” with an audio version Bible. Turned out my app with the audio version of the Bible (such a big help with my busy schedule) provided an option where I could do just that. This let me hear/read the Bible through in one year. Well, sort of!

I am in the ninth month of this project and love it. Until today, that is, when I accidentally reset it to the beginning and can NOT reset it back. (Nope! It was not a senior moment. Though it might have been a “half-asleep moment” since it seems to have occurred when I woke up and picked up my old iPhone.)

Love My Audio Version Bible Day AND Night

I was especially disappointed because I could listen to this audio version Bible app in the middle of the night if I couldn’t go back to sleep. Since it was only a short passage, it would then turn off when done. If I was still awake, I could restart it. But if I was asleep it wouldn’t wake me up later as some longer options I’ve used have done. A sweet blessing for the night time issues many of us boomers and seniors may deal with. I started doing this during the hot flashes stage of life and have been blessed by it – and great sleep overall – ever since.

And yes! I would then listen to the daily passage again later when I was fully awake. 🙂  I’ve really enjoyed this “through the Bible in a year” study along with my regular Bible studies this year!

Rejoice Always

I have to confess! If I’d just listen to myself, when I (constantly) remind myself, my grandkids, and my sweet elderly seniors about “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks,” I wouldn’t have immediately gotten bummed. But I didn’t stay bummed, that’s for sure. I did a restart on my old iPhone 4 which didn’t fix the problem but DID fix a bunch of other issues. YAY!

More Great Audio Version Bible Options

Listeners Bible Max McLean provides great audio version Bible options

AND I went searching for audio version Bible apps in a different way than in the past and found some really great options. Ones that my grandkids will enjoy as much as me! (They’d been looking for something like that. :)) One in particular is the audio Bible called Listeners Bible. Max McLean is the great narrator in the NIV 1984 version that I really like. Happily, I can NOT accidentally reset it. Perfect! You have the choice of a daily Bible passage or listen to the whole bible in a year. Other options include buy audio Bible or other devotional books to listen to (also available at Amazon). As their site wisely points out, “For centuries no one read the Bible, they listened to it.” For that matter, we are promised blessings for hearing the Word of God. One of my fave examples is Revelation 1:3. “3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.”

As my search progressed, I also discovered that a favorite site, BibleStudyTools.com, has the audio version of the Bible. In fact, they have 3 different versions. They feature the:

  1. King James audio version Bible
  2. New Living Translation audio version Bible
  3. World English audio version Bible

It’s easy to click on the version you want, then click on the book of the Bible, then click on the chapter you want to listen to. Once the chapter is done, after a slight pause, it will continue on to the next chapter. Very handy for listening while you are driving or walking with items in your hands. It does not, however, go automatically to the next book. So pick a long book if you don’t want to have to touch the screen for a while. 🙂

Romans 8:28!

Kaye Swain SandwichINK shares buy audio Bible gift elderly mother law

All this to say, once again, God has proved to me the truth of Romans 8:28, “We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  My disappointment and ensuing search ended up providing me with terrific options.

Digital Audio Bible Player for Elderly Parents

Happily, I sent the links to my kids for my sweet grandkids! I did wish I could have sent the links to one of my long distance beloved elderly seniors, but I know it would be beyond her tech capabilities. That’s OK though. I ordered a digital audio Bible player for her. This is an audio version Bible pre-programmed into a very simple somewhat old-fashioned audio player like an mp3 player with only a few buttons. I bought one that is listed as the “easiest audio Bible player.” I’m hoping she can handle it. I’m also purchasing one for my senior mom to use. And that will be handy! If my long distance senior can’t figure it out, I might be able to talk her through it using my mom’s. And worst case scenario? If she can’t use it, I’ll have her pass it on to someone else who can do it and be blessed by it.

Buy audio Bible like Hendrickson my ibible for elderly mother law

I checked out Amazon as well – they have the Hendrickson iBible and I may try that down the road if this fails. But I think the one at BibleBible.com looks easier? And I love that it doesn’t need batteries to be replaced. It uses a wall charger similar to her telephone. So that should be easier and less expensive. (Tho the Hendrickson audio version Bible looks good too. And it also uses a wall charger.)

I must say, I was very impressed with the customer service at BibleBible.com. I called today, a Sunday, and left a message. Within 1/2 an hour, a very nice woman called me back and patiently answered all my questions. I appreciate that they also stand by their product! I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

Patient Workings

God is awesome and works in such interesting ways. Now if I could just be a bit more patient. Right? 🙂 How about you? Have you found an audio version Bible option you like? We’d love to hear about it. I just recently did an upgrade to my comments and hopefully they will work well for you. Plus you can also comment at my Facebook Page – SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation. And if you’ve been learning patience this week, let us know that too. It would surely encourage me to know I’m not the only one. 🙂

Kaye

 

 

 

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