Initially, I was hesitant about so many versions in one Bible. I have now used it for Sunday School and Sunday morning worship and I LOVE IT!! All the verses are grouped together on the same page, so the comparison is easy to make. The various translations create a more detailed and clear picture of the events.
Even though it's heavy, I love to carry this Bible with me to church and read all the versions of the passage for the service. Oftentimes it helps me to better understand what the passage is saying. I also use it in reading through the Bible in the different versions and when a passage is perplexing to me, I read what it says in the others. Much easier than pulling out 4 different Bibles. I enjoy it so much I got one to give a friend for a gift! The only way it would be better is if it had an index of some sort.
This is my absolute favorite compilation of modern versions. The very best! I was surprised at the durability of the bonded leather, which was my only concern, for such a large volume. I know it's big, but I love carrying it with me and digging deeper. I have an old parallel containing KJV/LB/NIV/RSV that I also consider a powerhouse of the "classic" versions. I love both and use both daily. Thanks for a great product! Would like to see this available in genuine leather and Smyth sewn for maximum durability, with some maps included.
Like many I use apps like MySword and You Version to always have scripture handy, but there are places where gadgets aren't allowed (like in prison ministry) and where an open book can be shared together in study and discipleship. It has been a wonderful blessing to me to have a scripture touch me or someone else in a more personal way when reading in a different translation. For instance 2 Timothy 3:16 NIV I use when I speak about the Bible, but the same scripture in NLT seems to make it more personal for me and many I work with.