This is a replacement for a copy of an older version that I had as a gift from my mom when I went into the military. This Bible was my companion on 4 deployments and provided me the word of God in an easy to read version. It traveled over 48,500 miles with me, 3 times around the globe, teaching me the word. This year is the 20th anniversary of this Bible and it was time to retire it and replace it . It was falling apart, I read the NASB, ESV NKJV for all my studies. I bought 2 NCV Bible's for my 10 year old daughters, it's easy for them to read and understand and with mine, we are able to have Bible study together as a family in unity. The major drawback with this particular version compared to my old one is that there are no cross-references. I find it a bit frustrating but nothing that too big since it's not a study Bible. The NCV is the Bible that I came to Christ with. As simple as it is, it allowed me to understand Scripture in an easy to understand language without destroying the integrity of paraphrase translation. It also allowed me to graduate to a more literal version of the Bible like the NKJV and NASB In which I found so much more in God's word. It is a perfect beginners Bible with the intent to graduate to a more complete and literally Bible.