Once I started reading the side by side of NIV and the messages bible the words of God just came alive just like I never read the Bible Before. I love it and now my friends want to order them one. I like the large print.
I gave this Bible to my granddaughter.. I have been mentoring her the past few months and since she'd never had a Bible of her own nor read one my granddaughter & I went through the online selections of Bibles you have available. After looking through the many you have, I said this one would be excellent. I believe it will bring Gods Word to life in her mind and heart. Ir was just two days after I recd it, I gave it my granddaughter. Two days later, she texted me & said, "Oh Grama I can't put my new Bible down! I love it so much. You told me God speaks to those who read and are ready to receive His word. Now, I have experienced it for myself. Thank you Grama, I love you". Isn't God just so true to His Word to keep His promises, be there for us and to love us always.
I just had no idea i'd have to be a weight lifter to lift my bible. The quality was great but this is a bible that needs to stay on a desk. Really disappointed I kinda thought this should have been mentioned. Not something you would take along to bible study unless you have been pumping iron.
I love having the NIV and The Message next to each other! I love being able to read the two versions side-by-side, and I often gain insight into familiar NIV passages when I am able to refer to the same passage in The Message on the other side of the page.
My only complaint is that I noticed that a few of the words and phrases in this NIV version did not match my other NIV Bible. Perhaps it is a newer version of the NIV, but whatever the reason is, I would have appreciated knowing that information before I purchased it. It most likely would not have deterred me from purchasing this Bible, but I would have liked to know in advance.
Overall, though, I would definitely recommend this parallel Bible.