Be Free Now: Vernon Howard on Your iPhone

Price: $1.99   Score: 9/10    By M. SchustermanBe

There are quite a few “inspirational quotes” apps floating around out there, most of which fall into a specific category for people with very specific beliefs.

Be Free Now, an app designed by FriendliApps, is based on the writings of Vernon Howard, whose quotes and messages were intended to apply to people of all religious and/or philosophical beliefs. His ideas and writings have been used by psychologists, clergymen and educators.

The app has over 600 of Howard’s thoughtful quotes, each of which is displayed one of nearly 70 unique photographs. Be Free Now is easy to use – just shake your iPhone to randomly pull up a new quote and photograph. The tabs at the bottom allow you to star any quote as a favorite or email the quote from your account. You can also touch a tab to generate a new quote rather than shake.

As for the quotes themselves, I can easily see how they would be classified as “inspirational”. Some are short, some are long, but all seem to focus on one main concept – helping you figure out how what you mean in the universe. How you fit in, how you think about things, how important or not important the way others view you is…somehow each quote is relevant. Each time you shake your phone and pull up a new one, your mind finds a way to apply Howard’s words to your life now. I will say that I seemed to stumble onto quite a few that were more specifically aimed towards women, although I don’t know if that’s indicative of all six hundred something quotes.

For those already a fan of Vernon Howard’s, Be Free Now is one to check out for sure. But other fans of inspirational apps may also find some comfort and enlightenment with this app.

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Be Free Now requires iPhone OS 2.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.


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