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!