Experience God's refreshing touch as you read Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles Cowman updated with digital features for your iPhone or iPad.

Mrs. Charles E. Cowman, the wife of Rev. Charles Cowman, founder of the Oriental Missionary Society, were missionaries in Japan from 1901 to 1918. She compiled Streams in the Desert from various sermons, readings, writings, and poetry she had read over the years.

The immense popularity of this book has allowed at least 19 editions of the book to be printed. The widespread appeal grows daily as new readers discover the joy, challenge, and inspiration found in Streams in the Desert.

• Classic and timeless devotional content.
• Daily reminders to read your daily devotion.
• Listen to devotional content read by built-in voice synthesizer.
• Bookmark your favorites and add your own notes.
• Share devotional content or image through messaging or social media.
• Choose your reading font and reading mode; white, sepia or black.

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What’s New

Version 5.0.0

A redesigned devotional app for 2020.
Read your devotional using a white, sepia or black reading screen mode.
Listen to the daily readings using enhanced-quality voices already downloaded and available on your device.
Choose to use the app in dark mode or light mode.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
558 Ratings

558 Ratings

Debi2dancer ,

Great Version of "Streams"

I have long been a fan of the "streams in the desert " devotionals. I wasn't sure if I would like this version that has the commentary updated to today's language, but I have found that I like it surprisingly well. I like the Bible verse and beautiful picture as a nice intro. The commentary is very readable-nice for "sleepy brain." But the quoted prose by different authors have been left in their original language, preserving their beauty. All in all it's a lovely way to start each day, and I still read the older version when I have time also. The two versions complement each other very well and I can meditate on the days topic longer.

Freedom In Light ,

Favorite compilation withstanding time

This compilation of daily readings has proven to be a favorite of mine that I have returned to repeatedly over the past 10 years. Many things on the surface of my life have changed- yet these messages remain timeless treasures. I keep expecting familiarity to ruin the enlightenment that dawns across my soul when rediscovering some incredible facet of truth in this walk of faith. But it hasn’t happened yet. I cannot recommend it enough. The app is beautiful, I absolutely love the images that accompany each reading. It’s easy to share as well. Every aspect of this app is well thought out.

Momma 5/3 ,

My old favorite

I have read Streams in the Desert for the past 38 years. It was a gift from sweet mother in law who gave it to me on the day my husband asked me to marry him. The Lord has used and continues to use the scriptures and encouraging words to draw me closer to Him.

I do miss the old app. format a lot mostly because I’m used to working my way around the old app but as I become more and more familiar with the new one, I’m finding I like it just as much. Thank you for using the original text, I do believe I would have deleted the app if you had changed to a newer version.


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Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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