Digital Exegesis How-To & Review of Personal Book Builder

The latest issue of Christian Computing Magazine includes two articles pertinent to Logos Bible Software.

The first is a review of Personal Book Builder by writer, editor and cartoonistRob Suggs, who was the subject of a recent post here on the Logos Blog.

In the second article, a Logos user offers tips on how he uses Bible software in the task of exegesis—including the 12-step pattern he follows when preparing a sermon. As we hinted in a another recent blog post, Logos Bible Software will soon include a built-in tool to help structure your Bible study workflow using a variety of study methodologies.

Without further ado, here are leads for the two CCMag articles.

Special Feature – Bible Software’s Best Kept Secret, Libronix Book Builder

by Rob Suggs

It happened sometime in the late nineties. As a Christian magazine editor, I attended a training session for a Bible study software program called Logos. Morris Proctor, our teacher, demonstrated the many pleasures of the Word Made Electronic. The only problem was that, as a publishing firm, we had an office full of Apple equipment, and Logos for the Mac was still on the drawing board.

Read the entire article… (PDF )

Doing Good Digital Exegesis

Higher Power with Kevin

by Kevin A. Purcell

In the book and paper world, biblical exegesis is a time consuming, but useful task. Without it, you cannot faithfully preach the Word of God. A computer and Bible Study software will help you do high-quality, biblical exegesis in far less time than it would using stacks of books and a legal pad. And your study will be more advanced as you utilize powerful original language tools, even if you don’t know Greek or Hebrew.

Read the entire article… (PDF )


  1. I applaud the release of the Personal Book Builder. This is a welcome development.
    However, I have a few problems with some of the details.
    The price seems unnecessarily high. This reminds me of the music and movie industries trying to recover “lost revenues” by taxing the sale of blank media. I suggest that Logos take a lesson from Adobe and the success of their PDF format.
    The price for the personal edition should be $0. This is an enormous marketing mistake. The books created with this edition can only be used on the computer on which they were produced. This presents no threat to your monopoly of the sale of electronic books.
    The annual license fee also feels rather heavy handed. If you want to recover development costs, you can do that with upgrades.
    In the previous post there is this statement: “Before anything else, we have a passion for God’s Word. In order to help you get the most from God’s Word, we relentlessly push technology to the limits, and make sure we are always up on the latest and greatest.”
    I’m afraid that the practices of this company seem to indicate that the passion for making money and maintaining a monopoly on electronic publishing is much stronger than the passion for helping people study and proclaim God’s Word. I’ve seen much more generous practices from companies that simply wanted to make money.
    I want Logos to make money. I want it to stay in business and to continue to develop its products.
    Unfortunately, greedy pricing structures and overly restrictive policies make that less likely.
    God bless,

  2. Rod Pickett is so right!!!
    Logos is hands down the best Bible Software on the market today. The searchable of Logos is unmatched. Its this feature that makes Logos unique. If Logos would give the ability to its users to add their own books at no extra fee it would only be profitable in the long term to this great company.