I usually reference several versions when studying my Bible, so I love that this Bible as the NIV and Message versions side by side. I find that being able to read a verse in a couple of different versions really helps me understand it and, therefore, apply it better. I thought this was an amazing Bible for an amazing price.
We now have 3 of these in our family, one in the brown 2 tone and 2 in the pink. We all LOVE having the NIV and The Message paralleled. I quite often read both at the same time when looking up passages. The fact that it is a Study Bible is just the icing on the cake! Helps a ton for understanding the verses and was a requirement for my kids for school. Love this Bible, would highly recommend it to new believers and to life long believers.
The NIV is easy to understand and The Message right next to it enhances the meaning even more. The Message has phrases in today's lingo and punctuation to match. I have often considered purchasing a parallel Bible. There are so many combos to choose from. I am delighted I chose this one. There are also footnotes, etc. to really make it a study Bible. The hardcover on this one makes it even nicer. I walk with a cane and carrying it in my arm can be awkward as it is heavier than a non-parallel Bible. I do it anyway, tho, because I use it so much!