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Best Titles of 2017

Posted by on 01/17/2018 in:

2017 was another great year at Olive Tree Bible Software. Along with all of new app updates and functionality we added to our Olive Tree Bible App this past year, we also added almost 1,000 titles to our store—bringing our current catalog up to over 11,800 titles.

It’s been our privilege to help choose what new titles to release, and what titles to highlight over this past year. We are always trying to provide resources that you will find interesting and helpful. That’s why we took a look back at what YOU thought the best titles and new releases were for the year. Here they are!

BEST-SELLING BIBLES

At the top of charts in Bibles is the Amplified Bible (2015 Edition). This update to the 1987 Bible translation has continued to rise in the rank of favorite translations for our users. It includes more amplification in the Old Testament and refined amplification in the New Testament.

For new Bibles in 2017, we added the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) as well as the Passion Translation: New Testament. Both have become popular choices among our users.

If you haven’t read these Bible translations, all make excellent choices to setup as a parallel Bible in the Olive Tree Bible App.

BEST-SELLING STUDY BIBLES

Not content with only being our top Bible, our best-selling study Bible in 2017 was the Amplified Study Bible. This unique study Bible features verse-by-verse study notes and the text of the newly revised Amplified translation. Features include more than 5,000 concise study notes, 330 practical theological notes, full-color maps and more!

2017 also saw the release of the Complete Jewish Study BibleNKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible Notes, and the Spurgeon Study Bible Note—which round out our top five best-sellers for the year!

BEST-SELLING BIBLE STUDY TOOLS

A perennial favorite, Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary lead the way in top choices for study tools yet again!

NIV Word Study Bible, Mounce’s Complete Expository DictionaryThompson Chain Reference Study Bible and Olive Tree Bible Maps complete the top five choices for the year.

Best-selling new releases included the MacArthur Topical Bible, The Complete Topical Guide to the Bible, and the New Revised Standard Version with Strong’s Numbers. All of these have been enhanced for use within our Olive Tree Bible App and will save you valuable study time.

BEST-SELLING ORIGINAL
LANGUAGE TOOLS

Can anyone read the list of the best-selling original language tools? Because it’s all Greek to me! Funny, right?

Our top three best-sellers for original language tools include the Analytical Greek New Testament (AGNT) with Morphology, Lexicon, and Apparatus, the NA28 with Apparatus, Mounce Parsings, and Dictionary, and the NASB Greek-English Interlinear New Testament. If you’re looking to take your Greek word studies to the next level, these are excellent choices.

BEST-SELLING COMMENTARIES

Last, but certainly not least, is our best-selling commentaries for 2017.

Our most popular choice for year was the newly released Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible (POSB) Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44 Vols.). This is an outstanding resource resource for expository or topical teaching.

However, the classic Bible Knowledge Commentary (2 Vols.) BE Series Commentary by Wiersbe (50 Vols.) and Preaching the Word Commentary Series (40 Vols.) held top spots for the year.

Top new releases included Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible, Acts: An Exegetical Commentary (4 Vols.), and Walvoord Prophecy Commentary Set (4 Vols.).

2017’S TOP TITLES ARE ON SALE

To celebrate our Best of 2017, we’ve discounted all of our best-sellers in our 2017 Rewind Sale. Take a look through the list and you’re sure to find a title that will help you make your Bible study time the very best this year.

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2017 Year in Review

Posted by on 01/15/2018 in:

2017 was a fantastic year at Olive Tree. You guys read the Bible (a lot!). We were able to make some big changes that improved the way you study the Bible. It was a win-win. So, let’s reminisce over the last twelve months and what we accomplished together!

YOU GOT IN THE APP AND READ THE WORD

You all opened the app 262 MILLION times in 2017. That’s 262 million instances of someone reading God’s Word. Since our mission is to encourage people to connect with God and the Bible through technology, this statistic makes us SO happy.

YOU GOT IN THE APP AND STAYED IN THE APP

We like looking at this statistic because it lets us know if users are having quality study time inside the app. Based on the numbers, that seems to be the case! Keep it up, you guys.

WE MADE NOTES MORE FUN

This was a little addition we thought would be fun for our notes feature. Now when you want to represent the 🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖 and 🐟🐟 from John 6, nothing is holding you back.

TOP 5 PURCHASED RESOURCES

We’ll have another blog up soon that goes even more in-depth on the top titles from last year, but here’s a sneak peek at the top 5. You guys are really trying to place yourself in Biblical times—learning about the culture, the geography, and the original languages.

Top 5 Reading Plans of 2017

This year, 348,000 reading plans were started! We’re so proud of our users who stuck with their reading plans till they were completed. It isn’t always easy to do! It’s never too late to start a new reading plan, or jump back into one you forgot about.

VERSE OF THE DAY 2.0

We added a visual aspect to our Verse of the Day feature! You can determine when you get the notification, share the image on social channels, and quickly tap “read” to see the verse in context (because context is crucial!). Currently, this is only available for iOS devices—but watch out Android users! You’ll see this feature hit your devices in 2018.

A HUGE MAKEOVER

We switched up the look for our iOS and Android apps, and we heard a great response from our users! The highlight of this change (besides the cosmetic upgrade) was the addition of the Study Center. Instead of only having the Resource Guide in the Split Window, we made it possible to quickly switch between a few tabs: Resource Guide, Parallel, Notes, and Lookup.

Also, we’ve been tossing lots of new videos up (like the one found above) on our YouTube channel. If you haven’t seen it recently, you should check it out.

LOTS OF CELEBRATING

In 2017, we hit the 9 year mark for our time in the App Store. We’re so excited to hit our 10-year mark this July! We also loved celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with blog series, new and free resources, and a huge sale of reformed titles.

AND we also celebrated yet another year of doing what we love: equipping God’s people to study His word: any place, any time. All glory be to Christ!

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Customer Appreciation Week

Posted by on 07/31/2017 in:

If you can’t tell, we are more than excited to celebrate our nine-year anniversary in the App Store! Since the days of Palm Pilots we have been working hard to get the Bible into hands . . . and phones, tablets, laptops, iPads, desktops, and anything else possible. We’re dedicated to this endeavor because we are dedicated to inspiring people to know God more. It has been such a joy to work hard—all for God’s glory.

It’s About You

But, this celebration isn’t about us and what we have accomplished. It’s about YOU—our users. Without you, we wouldn’t have any reason to be formatting, designing, or coding. Without you, we wouldn’t be an app at all! We are so proud of the way you seek to know God more and more through His Word. It’s truly incredible.

Share Your Story

So, we are making this week about you. If you head on over to our Facebook page, you can find a post where we are asking to hear your stories. We are always so overwhelmed with the kind words you send our way, sharing how the app has helped you read, share, and teach the Bible. You inspired us to collect these stories and publish them in a blog post.

In order to be a part of this, share your story at the bottom of this blog on our pinned Facebook post in a comment. At the end of the week we will compile our favorites and share them on the blog for everyone to see. Then we can all celebrate together the way God has used His Word to change lives!

Customer Appreciation Week

Thanks again, Olive Tree users. Whether you use our app for personal study, teaching, or preaching, you are being shaped more like Jesus Christ, and those around you can see it. Happy nine years!

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The Stress of Vacation

Posted by on 06/26/2017 in:

As I write, it is 4 a.m. I’m not used to 4 a.m. It’s dark, my house is cold, and I don’t have the drive to turn my coffee pot on. You read that right . . . I am writing without coffee.

An important question you’re hopefully asking yourself is, ‘“Why? What would cause this man to be awake so early, and trying to function without coffee?’”

The answer is pretty simple . . . vacation.

My family and I are leaving for vacation today, and I don’t know about you, but the nights before I leave for vacation are historically bad nights of sleep for me. Excitement paired with the fear of forgetting . . . well, everything, is overwhelming.

As I pull together the final things I need to pack, I am thankful for the little things. I’m thankful that over the past year I have accumulated four new chargers for my iPhone and iPad, so I don’t have to disconnect the ones that are basically built into my bed frame. I am thankful for my noise cancelling headphones. I am thankful for my backpack and all its different compartments so that I can easily separate my Macbook from my Chex Mix (an imperative snack for flying).

Also, I am very, very thankful for technology. Especially this week.

You see, when I get back from vacation, I will have 10 days until I preach at my church. For me, this takes A LOT of planning—not because I’m super intellectual and plan to go 14-layers deep into the genealogy of Christ (I don’t know where 14 came from?). Rather, it’s because I only preach once or twice a year. The other Sundays I am either leading worship services or banging around on some drums. That’s right . . . I’m a drummer.

At this point I feel that it is necessary to tell my dad’s favorite drummer joke:

Dad: “Hey Kyle, how do you get a drummer off your front porch?”

Me (Eyeroll. Glare. Give in): “ . . . How Dad?”

Dad: “Pay him for the pizza!”

You can use that one this week if you’d like. If you have a drummer in your church, I am honestly curious if he/she has heard that one. My guess is that you may get an eyeroll too, but don’t let that stop you.

Anyway . . .

One essential tool to any great vacation is my Bible. I love doing my devotional reading in new, fun places. I have a spot all mapped out where we are going. There is a bench that sits under a lone tree that overlooks the beach. It’s close enough to the water to hear the waves break, but not so close that I fear a bird will swoop down and eat my blueberry scone. Perfect.

On this trip in particular, I am looking forward to some deep studying on that bench. I know the subject I’m going to speak on that Sunday, but I also know that I have a lot of work to do to prepare—work that can all be done without wifi from my iPad with Olive Tree’s Bible App.

While having my Bible is obviously important for study, I also rely on other study resources. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • NKJV Strong’s Tagged Bible (a Strong’s Tagged Bible is a MUST HAVE in the Olive Tree app, in my opinion)
  • Vine’s Dictionary
  • NKJV Study Bible Notes
  • NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible
  • Expositor’s Bible Commentary – Revised
  • The Bible Speaks Today OT and NT sets

Having all of these in the palm of my hand makes me confident that my sermon is going to come together quite nicely. Sure, there may be a few more beach references than normal, but it’s going to be packed with great information that will be helpful to my church community. I’m thankful that, out of all the worries I have this morning before we leave for vacation, how I’m going to write this sermon is not one of them.

Where is the most exotic place you have written a sermon?

This blog was written by Kyle Menasco, an Olive Tree Bible employee.

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