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HarperCollins Christian Publishing surpasses
one million Reading Plans through YouVersion™ 

Daily engagement with God’s Word continues to soar

Casey Harrell
Director, Corporate Communications
tel:    615-902-1109

(Nashville, TN) March 16, 2016HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) announced today that through YouVersion’s Bible App and website, more than one million combined reading plans from Thomas Nelson and Zondervan have been completed. In just a year and a half, the two publishing groups have created 77 scriptural and devotional reading plans with more than 4,000 being completed per day.

Aligning its mission to inspire the world with content that honors God, with YouVersion’s purpose to connect people with God’s Word, HCCP offers a variety of free content from Thomas Nelson’s and Zondervan’s Bibles, study resources, children’s, fiction, and non-fiction books.  Ranging in length from a few days to an entire year, Thomas Nelson and Zondervan reading plans are available in both the NKJV and NIV translations, in addition to book excerpts from leading authors paired with a daily devotional.

“A typical reading plan offered through The Bible App spans between five and ten days,” said HCCP’s senior digital marketing director for Bibles, Jerri Helms.  “With more than four thousand reading plans being completed per day, it is exciting to see people applying our great content to their own life, as they engage with God’s Word.”

The Bible App, which has now been downloaded more than 215 million times, places the best-selling book of all time in the hands of people worldwide.  The Bible App currently offers over 1200 versions of the Bible in more than 900 languages across every major mobile platform. Whether a frequent or first-time reader of the Bible, the free app enables users to customize their experience, without the interruptions of ads.

Bobby Gruenewald, YouVersion founder and Innovation leader at Life.Church commented, “We’re thankful for our partnership with HarperCollins Christian Publishing and their generosity in freely sharing meaningful content with the YouVersion community. We’re seeing explosive growth in Bible engagement as people find that reading plans are one of the best ways to build a consistent daily practice of time in the Bible. To see one of our partners reach a milestone like this is truly a cause for celebration since these completions represent person after person drawing closer to God through his Word.”

To view a listing of all available free daily reading plans through YouVersion, please visit   To download the Bible App, visit and the Bible App for Kids at

About HarperCollins Christian Publishing: The world’s leading Christian publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., comprises both Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups in addition to Olive Tree Bible Software.  The Company produces bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and digital content for the Christian market space.  Also home to, the world’s largest Christian website, and, an online community dedicated to helping people grow in their faith. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in the U.S., Mexico and Brazil.  For more information visit