What drew you to choose Logos Bible Software.

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Michael Childs | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Dec 31 2015 4:03 PM

I have used Logos for some time, almost 25 years now.  What drew me to Logos was two things:  1. The large library of resources that Logos made available.  For me, it is mostly about the books.  2. Logos had excellent Greek tools and lexicons.  I have a passion for Greek.

I wonder what drew you to choose Logos for your Bible Software.

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Kenneth Neighoff | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 31 2015 4:10 PM

The biggest reason I purchased and use Logos, is the portability it brings to a theological library.  I love being able to have access to all the books I have whenever I need them. 

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 31 2015 4:13 PM

I ultimately wound up making Logos my primary software due to the depth of resources and the platform changes in Logos 4. I needed to do serious study and it was vastly less expensive than trying to go to seminary where I would still need Logos. The ultimate clincher was right after I invested in Logos Scholar which began on a payment plan. Someone paid for my whole package. 

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Floyd Johnson | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 31 2015 4:28 PM

Its availabilitity, along with some inexpensive libraries, in local stores was what drew me to it.  Oddly. I would probably not have LOGOS if I were shopping today, given that it is no longer available in local stores. Like most online advertising, I would ignore LOGOS' like I do most  ads.  In addition ,  third party  libraries are no longer  available.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 31 2015 5:02 PM

1. Huge library and

2. Exegetical Guide

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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 31 2015 5:08 PM

I tried Logos and walked away at least twice back in Libronix days. Back then I was interested in little more than a glorified concordance.  I didn't read on computers, I read paper.  I had most of the paper books I wanted at the time, or had access to them.  Other free or inexpensive Bible software met my needs.  

But times change.  I have a little more money available now.  I travel extensively and want/need my study resources to travel with me.  Most importantly, a trusted friend gently invited me a few times to reconsider Logos.  So I did.  I reluctantly installed the free engine.  Got a couple free books to see how it worked.  My experience was curiosity, but underwhelming.   My friend encouraged me to buy a small package--just try it.  I bought a modest package-Scholars package. I wasn't a scholar, but the package title made me grin broadly enough.  

I was stunned at what I found there.  Like a kid in a candy store, I almost went crazy. My wife became a Logos-widow.  I picked up a few books that I really wanted.  Shortly I upgraded, Silver, Gold, Platinum.  More books.  Tons of freebies.  Then Diamond, then journals, then more books, then bundles, then Portfolio.  All that was over time--years.

Logos revolutionized my Bible study.  99%?? of my my reading and study is now digital.  I am giving away my paper books as I shift to electronic resources.  

I am still completely amazed at Logos and what it can do.  Giddy is the word.  My  wife is still a Logos widow, but a happy, encouraging, facilitating one.  Little by little she is joining me in Logos, and presently is moderately involved.  So she is getting her husband back in that way. In fact we are planning to do some Mobile Ed courses together in 2016.    

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 31 2015 5:34 PM

The large number of books available. I came in at the alphas for mac Linbronix. I became a bit disenchanted when Logos 4 killed PowerPC compatibility but was excited about the iOS APP. I became more upset when Logos 4 never ended up running stably. I was one of the angered when beta testers were left with software not running properly and told there would be no fix but to upgrade to 6. Now I list these minor things to point to the fact I am with Logos for the resources. I also wish to say I understand PPC support had to end sometime, and that Logos made things right for the 5 beta testers. I appreciate greatly the many free things FL offers including a great study Bible and good Bible dictionary. I may imply I stay for the resources, but over all Faithlife is generous company. With software that feels less than ideal in it's optimization, but getting better all the time. I try to be honest when I offer recommendations on Bible software and I recommend what I feel will be best for them, that said I do often refer people to take a serious look at Logos. But when a person tells me they are looking to spend under $100 there is little point in telling them to look into Logos beyond telling them to sign up as a Faithlife Study Bible customer and some people do not like that seeing it as a big ad since it is constantly linking you to other resources.... occasionally a bit confusing to tell people to go to the Anchor Bible Dictionary, when there is no link to the Lexham Bible Dictionary. 

-Dan

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 31 2015 5:40 PM

Back around the turn of the century I offered, as a seminary trained lay-person, to teach a bible study at my congregation. While I have a decent print theological library, it had holes. One of those holes was lack of good dictionaries, and so I went to the local community college reference room where they had ABD and the church library that had Interpreters. I got tired of going to the library so much and started shopping for ABD for myself, and found that it would be cheaper, as well as more portable, etc. in Logos format than in print. I looked at what else was available in the Logos system and found some other good things that would be interesting for me. And so, I purchased ABD via Amazon in Libronix.

In the mean time, I found a cheap eBible package at the local Christian Bookstore, and added it to add a few more bible translations and some barely useful reference books. I actually installed that while waiting for the ABD to arrive in the mail.

In using this small library, I found that it hinted at what Libronix (2.0, by the way) could do, but needed more. I quickly started looking at base packages, and one really stood out - Original Languages Library. It had, by far, the highest signal to noise ratio. TDNT! NA27! BHS! BDB! If only it also had a resource originally printed on the packaging, but covered with a sticker (BAGD)...

Not at all sure I would have gone with a program that was only sold on-line, but this may be a generational thing...

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 31 2015 6:18 PM

Ken McGuire:
I went to the local community college reference room where they had ABD and the church library that had Interpreters.

I spent many a day at the Calgary Public Library main branch using those...

Geeked

-Dan

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Anthony Sims | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 1 2016 12:49 AM

When I graduated high school my parents gave me about $300 for a graduation gift and I wanted a solid Bible software program for my Mac (Logos 4).  I had used free ones in the past and was always frustrated because the interface was ugly, books were outdated, and they only worked on Windows.  After a lot of research I chose Logos because I liked the interface, the amount of tools available, and the ability to upgrade as time went on.  Haven't considered any other options since. 

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 1 2016 1:38 AM

It was L2 when they first announced they would handle the Catholic canon ... I got so tired of waiting that I purchased the Protestant version. I was disappointed by the Catholic canon problems which were not resolved until L4. It was L4 when I began using it heavily. [Yes, I was visible in the news groups towards the end of L3.]

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Veli Voipio | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 1 2016 1:52 AM

For me it was the Interlinear from the Hebrew to English, (I don't mean reverse interlinears which I have hidden when possible). At the time in 2010 I did not find it among competitors.

After using LHB since, I found that I can collect a useful library of my interests and related language tools.

I feel that here in the academic circles in Finland the Logos users don't have the same prestige as those using the other software, although I don't see any good reason for that Hmm

Gold package, and original language material and ancient text material, SIL and UBS books, discourse Hebrew OT and Greek NT. PC with Windows 8.1

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Lew Worthington | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 1 2016 2:31 AM

Originally (just barely past the age when the abacus was the best PC out there; I can't believe how long it has been), I was drawn to it because I had a gift certificate through a Christian book store chain and I bought an off-the-shelf package. It just looked like the best bundle of stuff. It couldn't do much then, but I didn't need it to do much. And it was sure easier than writing screen and printer fonts and maintaining WordPerfect macros.

I've never regretted that original decision nor have I regretted my subsequent investment into it even though the reasons for continued immersion in Logos are completely different. While I'm no longer a professional scholar, there are enough tools and resources to facilitate some pretty awesome digging.

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P A | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 1 2016 5:42 AM

I purchased the ESV reverse interlinear  (PAPER) from Crossway and it had a free Libronix cd rom and the rest is history...

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Milkman | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 1 2016 6:34 AM

I've been a Logos user for about 18 or so years.

I was the senior pastor of a Baptist church when my secretary said that I had a visitor who wanted to talk to me. It was a gentleman from the Canadian Bible Society who after friendly exchanges asked if I had seen this particular CD.

He proceeded to show me the new rage in Bible software,

Nelson's Electronic Bible Reference Library, Running Logos Library System Version 2.1 ( I still have the CD)

And get this you needed Windows 3.1 with a maximum 8 MB RAM and 15 megs free space on your hard drive. Yoo hoo. I had it and bought it! Haven't looked back since.

That was when if you wanted to purchase or unlock a book/resource you had to call Logos directly give them your card number, answer some security questions and then download the item. This was pre-high speed internet and you were lucky if you got the book in your library in a couple of hours or so. Now it's one click and viola you got it. Of course you were out of luck if you wanted a book and it was on the weekend or after hours. Had to wait (what is that?) until the next business day. My things have changed for the better.

So glad Roger popped into my office that day. I love the software and not only that, but I like the long distance "friendships" I have gained through Logos/FL. Our slogan for selling milk is "more than milk." FL could also have a slogan saying; "more than books" since there is a sense of community while buying resources at the same time.

So all and all - Thank-you Bob and your team for more than books! Yes

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Ben | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 1 2016 7:38 AM

It was PC (unlike Accordance) and offered the Anchor Bible Dictionary. I'm pretty sure that was my first purchase, not a package. 

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Kevin A. Purcell | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 1 2016 7:40 AM

I got a cheap deal at a Sam's Club one day. What kept me coming back were the Guides.

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 1 2016 7:44 AM

I was originally drawn in because I was in seminary and did a search for Bible Software.  Logos had the largest and most interconnected library, which was the main thing that appealed to me.  I like features, and Logos has a lot of great features!

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Jim Wait | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 1 2016 7:49 AM

1) all the Greek resources and tools.

2) a real live person answering the phone!!

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Michael | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 1 2016 11:53 AM

After years of buying stuff through community pricing without a bass package, I finally took the plunge this year.  I knew I wanted to use Logos for a long time, but didn't have the funds to commit to a base package.  Although I had spent quite a bit of money over the years on classic commentaries and such through community pricing.  By the time I got the base package I had probably invested $1500 in resources over the course of 8 years.  It was money well spent now that I have Logos 6.

What finally made me bite the bullet was having enough funds I set aside specifically for Logos and a 20% discount I got at a conference I attended.  I went with Gold initially, but upgraded to Platinum a month later because Faithlife gave me a great deal on NICOT/NICNT if I upgraded.  It got to keep the 20% discount on the base upgrade and got the commentary for $1100.

I've  collected a lot of good commentaries this year and this is what has drawn me to using Logos daily.  It's been an invaluable tool for Bible Study and research on topics that have come up in my circle of friends.  I feel equipped to educate myself and others with such a powerful tool and library at my disposal.  

Besides the reasons above, the final reason I jumped on board this year was the release of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.  It's a revolutionary form factor that's perfectly suited for using Logos on the go.  I take it with me everywhere I go and have useful it to great effect in Bible studies, in church, and just daily reading.  

I'm just a layperson that's not seminary educated.  Logos has been greatly profitable in my walk with Christ and leading others.  I hope other laypeople such as myself are able to afford and enjoy this wonderful tool in 2016.

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