I got this as a gift. My son had seen a friends bible that was very easy to read and want one but also wanted to follow along with his bible teacher who used a different version. I found this that has both the NIV and Message in columns on the same page. It was the perfect gift and he really liked the color and quality of the book.
My friend from bible study recommended this bible to me. She said that it would be perfect for easier reading of the bible. I am looking forward to reading the bible in a year. This was a great Christmas gift for my mother and I.
Every Sunday, I lead a Bible Study at an Assisted Living Home for seniors. I love using the Message and they like it too, however I like being able to give them two versions of the readings. It's been a big help.