This Bible was bought as a gift. However, we have bought many of these Bibles over the years and they are great. The studies on the bottom are very thorough. Great Bible for those just beginning to learn about God and those trying to gain a better relationship.
I would instead of the NIV translation of this Bible recommend the new ESV translation of this Bible. I believe the ESV translation is more accurate to the original translations yet easy to read. I love the red letter of Christ in red the ESV offers, larger print, and not as close to the binding. The ESV Fire Bible as far as I am concerned addresses all of the problems of the NIV Global Bible. It is easy to read, you do not have to turn the bible so you can read the print close to the binding. The Imitation leather is soft and the bible is easier to hold because it is not as bulky given the measurements are a little larger than the global bible. I would recommend the ESV Fire Bible with all the great notes the Niv Global Study Bible offers. If you prefer the NIV translation, then this Bible would be for you.
This 1984 NIV Study Bible is strong on Arminian theology (non-Calvinistic) and charismatic understanding of the Scriptures (which is OK, if balanced). The materials and quality of the Bible are very good. I would suggest it be used with another Bible such as Holman Study Bible to keep a balance in theology. Historically election and free will have both contributed to the Church but they must be kept in balance. This Bible's strong points are it's teachings on End Times and personal discipleship. It's only weakness is the strong emphasis on Arminianism (free will vs God's initiative making our salvation possible). If the Arminiansm was muted somewhat it would be more balanced and effective in my thinking.