When I was looking for a bible, I looked at numerous different types/translations/formats, etc. My goal was to find a bible that made me WANT to read it. Since the bible is like a love letter from God to us, I wanted it to read like one, look like one, and be personal as if it was written just for me. After days and days of looking for the right bible, I chose this one because it's really cute, it's written in a format that is easy to read, and the translation is accurate, but still easy to read/understand. I really love that it has some explanation in it, but not so much that it takes away from the bible itself. I already have study bibles, so I didn't want a lot of explanation. This explains only what must be explained, and still has book explanations, "how to read this book" sections, and the "characters u will meet in this book" pages, too. Every time I read it, I really do feel like it was written just for me, and that it is a love letter to me from God, which is my favorite part. The bible itself is a very nice bible, and it's not made cheaply at all. The cover is very nice, and has a worn, soft leather feel, which is awesome :-) The pages have a silver lining which is very beautiful. I think anyone could appreciate the student bible, even if ur not a student, or a new Christian. It doesn't explain everything, only the things that almost no one would know much about... I highly recommend it!
My father gave me the NIV student Bible back in 1989. The one he gave me was worn out. I was delighted to find the exact Bible but with updated introductions and explanations! I'm thrilled to have found the same thing, but better! Don't hesitate if you're thinking about it. It's a great deal and wonderful companion!