The Lectio Divina Journal provides a contemplative prayer practice for the everyday human experience. The long and lived history of Lectio Divina provide four movements (lectio - reading of, meditatio - reflecting on, oratio - responding to, contemplatio - resting in) that move the participant(s) from simply attaining information toward acommunion and union with God that is formational and transformative. The journal provides a daily (Monday - Friday) Lectio Divina invitation, a Saturday Examen Prayer practice, and a Sunday journaling option.
Members that subscribe to the Lectio Divina Journal can do their daily readings here in the app.
- Bugs due to poor network conditions when saving entries have been fixed.
- In browse mode, the EDIT and GO TO TODAY buttons have been swapped to be consistent with the ALL ENTRIES and START buttons
- Placeholder text of user text fields in browse mode have been removed to be less confusing.
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Great app for an important practice
I’ve been using the print copy of this Lectio Divina Journal (which I love!) for a number of years. It’s been an important practice for me to learn to be still and listen, in my otherwise crazy world. I was so excited to see this app which makes it even easier to get into a daily habit of spending some time with this practice. I can use on my lunch break at work, while I’m waiting in the car for my kids or really any other situation where I can take a moment to find space to be quiet, center my heart and spend a bit of time in His presence. Much more life giving than just picking up my phone and scrolling further through Instagram.
The app is well laid out and simple to use. It’s apparent a lot of time and effort went into the thoughtful details needed to make this so intuitive. I love that it saves all of your journal entries as well. The $1.99 per month fee is hardly anything, considering the convenience it offers as well as the fact it saves the purchase of a new journal every 6 months.
For those of you that haven’t been introduced to Lectio, this is a great place to start. For those of you like myself who have been attempting to make this a daily rhythm but find that challenging at times, will appreciate this new option!
Bad UX Choices
It is really inconvenient to not be able to sign-up through the app itself (you have to go to the main website), but it is the manually entering in my credit card information, which gives me pause. There’s no way to ensure that my information is protected (at least from the perception of the interface). I understand your cutting down on costs by not using a middle man, but I honestly think that choice will kill the app before it even starts, which is sad because the idea is great!
I am more than happy to pay the monthly subscription, but I would rather do it through something like Apple Pay for 1) ease and 2) ensured security of my credit information. It is also easier for me as a user to manage in terms of my subscriptions.
Developer Response ,
Hello! Thanks for checking out the application and providing your feedback. We are striving to do our best to provide the best experience.
As you pointed out, we made the decision to keep costs low so that the application and its contents are easily accessible to as many people as possible. We have spent a great amount of resources to make this application a reality. We made the decision to keep costs low but still provide a high quality experience through the application.
The nominal subscription is to make sure that the application and its content is consistently updated with content to guide you through your spiritual journey. We go through and create new entries every 6 months so that is stays consistent with the physical journals we create.
A single subscription also gives you access to your account on the iOS application as well as the web application found at lectiodivinajournal.com as well as the Android application. This is so that you can do your lectio divinas wherever it is convenient for you and is synced across all your applications with an Internet connection.
We can assure you that security is one of the highest priorities of ours and are using Stripe to process all transactions. Stripe is an online payment processor used by many of the largest tech companies around the world to run transactions. Your information is encrypted using AES-256 on Stripe's servers and never saved on our server.
We hope this gives you peace of mind and thank you for using the Lectio Divina Journal application. Blessings.
This looks like an excellent app for guiding the practice of lectio divina. I wish, however, that you had been up front about there being a $10/month fee. I’m currently in seminary, living on a pastor’s salary, and have a family of four. I understand your need to cover your costs, but I cannot take on any new costs at this time. $10 isn't asking much, but it is more than I can currently shoulder.
Update: thank you for your response and the added information. $1.99/month is much easier on our tight budget.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for offering this review. Unfortunately what you saw was the cost that was being used in the development stage of the app. The actual subscription fee is $1.99 a month, this should be reflected when you sign up for a subscription, which is used for the upkeep and future versions. Sorry for the confusion.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.