I like her notes that have been included in the Bible, found I like to stop and think about her comments. However I don't care for the newer amplified version but I still will give this 5 stars and highly recommend the Bible.
This was my fourth purchase of this bible. I have given it to family members I hold near and dear. My first purchase of the bible was at Wall-mart. I found Joyce's Title to fit exactly what it is... an everyday life bible sharing God's words to us in a way that makes it much more tangible to digest. Her words along with the biblical stories plant new branches into our daily lives. Joyce writes points along the way so the reader can understand some of the "hidden meanings" behind the situational stories of times that are not so different than what we experience today, yet with the translations and such it is harder sometimes to get the true message of what has been relayed down through the ages.
This current purchase was for my husband who by seeing me read my bible everyday has decided to do the same. It has opened a reservoir of heartfelt discussions between us. I would recommend this book to anyone who is wanting a much richer understanding or what our Lord wants us to know for a "joy" filled life along with the lumps and bumps we will encounter along the road of life. "Peace is what he offers and Joyce gives us a richer understanding of the needed soup for our souls. This bible has brought us as husband and wife closer than ever before.