By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew
The Bible Heroes app was created with children and parents in mind. Based out of Stanford, Calif., the series of apps, created by Chien’s company, 4Soils, is based on the principles of making learning the Bible exciting. In return, children can relate to the great biblical tales.
“The Bible Heroes app is geared toward children, but the value of the app is a huge benefit to parents who crave apps which entertain, educate, and enrich their children’s minds,” said Chien, who is an MBA graduate student at Stanford University. “Our app is one of the only apps that seamlessly integrates story and activities to create a truly engaging and interactive experience for hours of great Bible instruction and fun!”
The Bible stories featured the series are: David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lion, Jonah and the Big Fish, Esther and the King, Noah and the Ark, Joseph and his multicolor dream coat, and the Christmas Story.
For holiday gift givers, the Bible Heroes app was recently released as a 7-in-1 Christmas bundle. Features of the bundle ($9.99 USD) include:
- 143 animated scenes that invite children to read or listen to biblically accurate accounts of all the Bible heroes. The stories come to life through vibrant illustration and touch animations. Each story features scriptures from the Bible and a closing lesson to reinforce key concepts.
- 41 thrilling game levels which engage children in activities and games as they journey into the world of the Bible heroes for hours of endless fun!
- 91 coloring pages for children to use their imagination and recolor all the Bible Heroes to their liking.
Chien said 4Soils relies on the input from parents, Christian educators, and youth pastors to help improve the app.
Dallas mother Felicia Pinkney said, “My children, ages 3 and 6, love hearing the Bible stories. The storytelling is engaging and easy to follow for kids of that age. The parent portal is a nice touch and helped me ask the right questions at the end of the story. The games are a great way to reinforce what they learned from the story.”
A parent in Vermont commented on the 4Soils Facebook page: “These stories are not being read to children enough, nor are children being encourage to read them as much as they need to be.”
The Bible Heroes app has also gained endorsements from the national Christian radio circuit, notably contemporary Christian singer Jaci Velasquez. The seven-time Dove Award winner and host of “The Family and Friendly Morning Show with Doug Griffin” on 94 FM in Nashville, Tenn., said the apps allows parents to “build their child’s faith, at church, at home, or in the car – everywhere your iPhone or iPad goes.”
The app – available for download on the App Store – is compatible with iPhone and iPad. iOS4.3 or later is required for the apps to operate. Learn more about the production process behind the Bible Heroes app, visit the 4Soils blog.