I am thankful to the Lord that I was able to purchase this amazing gem before it all but disappeared. I am going to gift it to my daughter and I'm very happy she can continue using the NIV 1984 for many years to come, alongside the expanded notes and features of this personal size Life Application Study Bible.
I pray that Biblica (formerly International Bible Society) will one day see fit to re-release the NIV 1984, perhaps under the name "NIV Classic." I think a whole lot of people are going to miss the widespread availabity of this version.
I am completely delighted with my Bible, and the monogram which really sets it off as uniquely mine. I had used the NLT LASB when it first came out but didn't realise that there was an NIV edition. Plus, it is the 1984 translation which I have always preferred (and I've been using the NIV continuously since 1980).
Although I have a preference for UK spellings, it doesn't really matter. Slight changes such as "Saviour" to "Savior" make no difference. I can still understand it!
The Bible itself, while not Smyth-Sewn is of high quality and should easily last me for the rest of my life. I also like the single column text and the introductions, footnotes, charts, maps (in-text and at the end), tables, concordance and master index. All of these make this an indispensable tool and extremely portable and valuable library. Perfect to carry around, Bible Study groups, take on a trip or for attending conferences.
One criticism may be that the text is a little small and a little feint with some bleed through, however I bought this for personal devotions and study and my eyesight has not given up on me yet!
The Bible feels comfortable if holding in your hand and is not overly heavy. It could easily sit on anyone's lap, the arm of a chair or of course on a desk/table. The Bible also lays flat when open, although you may need to gently work the cover because of its newness. That said, with regular use it will settle down. The European leather is a nice binding. I like the stitching and the two-tone style.
All in all I am extremely happy with this Bible and look forward to using and getting to know it more intimately in the years to come.
Many thanks for making it available at such a reasonable price.