Having just started a first pastorate, I was keen to get a new NIV bible that would last and prove versatile for preaching, study and pastoral work, as my old NASB was proving confusing for the congregation, and my sole NIV has microscopic print that gives a migraine after too long! I saw this heavily reduced on CB.com and after reading some reviews decided to give it a go.
It is a very nice Bible, with excellent quality bindings and finish that I am sure will last for a long time. The black-letter print is very clear for reading and preaching, with a very helpful concordance, cross reference system and maps. The big advantage for the minister is the ministry resources section in the back- several outlines and hints for a wide variety of pastoral tasks, and suggestions for answers and resources for many thorny questions and problems. Although needs and circumstances will differ, in general they have been very helpful, and I can see many pastors benefiting from them, either in the study or in the field. The sections on discipleship, funerals and hospital visits are especially good.
The one downside for me is its size- although it is certainly possible to use it on the go, it is quite heavy and large for the field, and a slightly smaller edition would be virtually perfect. Nevermind, you can't have it all! Certainly well worth checking out if you are a minister looking for a new "sword"- available with several translations and in an excellent binding, what more could you want?!
I love it! This Bible is exactly what I was looking and hoping for when I became a pastor. I love the real leather, the ministerial helps are great for a new minister, it lays flat and has the already "broken in" feel I wanted. The only thing I would change is that I really would prefer a red letter version. No complaints! Love my new Bible! Thanks CBD!