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Audio app Dwell could save your quarantined spiritual life


How have you been spending your quarantine at home? 

Are you bingeing on Netflix? Has your mind gone to mush? Is your alone time with God falling short? 

My personal study with God is severely lacking. Honestly, it was lacking long before quarantine. And I’m a preacher’s wife. Gasp!

I’ve tried everything — getting up early to read my Bible, journaling before bed and attending all the church services and Bible studies. Personally, I can’t blame quarantine for my disconnect. 

But whether you blame quarantine or not, it may be time to try something new. I recently discovered Dwell, an audio Bible app, and it is saving my spiritual life right now.

When I discovered this app, I was immediately drawn in by the artwork, unique voices (Rosie is my favorite) and the high-quality content.

The app is a hybrid of a Bible app and a music app. Dwell co-founders combined background music (you can turn the music off if you wish) with carefully curated Scriptures that flow seamlessly like poetry.  For me, it’s the best of both worlds and exactly what I need.  (Chronicle readers are eligible a special offer from Dwell. Details are at the bottom of this post.)

In the past two months at home, I’ve spent more time in God’s word during quarantine because I’ve been able to listen while I walk or clean up after my kids for the billionth time. 

When I discovered this app, I was immediately drawn in by the artwork, unique voices (Rosie is my favorite) and the high-quality content.


Related: Q&A with Dwell Co-Founder, Joshua Bailey


In the app, you’ll see five tabs on the bottom of the screen: Home, Plans, Passages, Playlists and Library.

The Dwell app is a hybrid of a Bible app and a music app.

The Dwell app is a hybrid of a Bible app and a music app.

Click the “Plans” tab, and you’ll find these are much like reading plans in the YouVersion Bible app. You’ll choose one based on a topic, theme or book of interest and then listen every day until the plan is complete. The app suggests popular or trending themes, or you can search topics specific to your needs.

The “Passages” tab offers Scriptures to meditate on or memorize and topical listens such as Paul’s Pastoral Letters or Jesus’ Stories. You can also search for books or verses. 

Next is the “Playlist” tab, my favorite. Here you will choose chunks of Scripture based on a theme that interests you. These Scriptures are selected from throughout the Bible and are placed together like one continuous thought. 

And last is the “Library” tab. This has every book of the Bible listed and a search bar. This is similar to the “Read” tab in the YouVersion Bible app. 

If you want to increase your time with God but are always on the go, try listening to the Bible on the Dwell app. 

You know you’ll be washing dishes at least three more times today anyway.


A one-year Dwell subscription is $29.99 or free with limited content. Christian Chronicle readers can purchase a subscription for $19.99 at dwellapp.io/christian-chronicle. The Dwell website also offers a lifetime subscription or monthly payment plans for churches.


LAURA AKINS is Reviews Editor for The Christian Chronicle. Contact [email protected]. 

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