Bought this for my college age son for Christmas at his request because he wanted to read the Bible through chronologically. He is also using it this semester in a New Testament class. He likes the extra visuals and notes and is very happy with it. This hardcover version is very heavy, but sturdy and substantial. God's Word is always a great gift, and this version is very welcoming!
It's God's word and its true. The chronological arrangement make an excellent choice to get an in context understanding of the flow of the bible narrative. The outlines, study notes, and articles of the study portion of the bible add significantly to your understanding of the people and cultures. The NLT is easily the best and most accurate version for devotional reading. I'm saddened that there was a felt need to alter the gender wording in this version, however, if it makes it more accessible to more people then I'm OK with it. Likewise the notes tend to lean towards an egalitarian perspective negating the role design of our genders, but once again if this makes the study bible more accessible to more people, then that's fine. This study bible champions getting into the word of God... A little side note, I have read a version of the bible cover-to-cover every year for over 30 years, and while this is a large volume, you can read the entire book cover-to-cover, sans the index, by reading 5 pages a day ... You and do that.
Just received this Bible. I am giving it as a gift to my son who wants to do a chronological reading of the Bible which gives such a fresh perspective on the Scriptures. I have read the Bible through over 45 times in various translations, study formats, and the like. Doing a chronological reading brings you more into what the times and emotional impact was for the prophets, Paul, and how it ties together. The NLT Chronological Life Application Bible is very pleasant on the eyes for reading and the study notes are excellent.
When I finally figured out how to use this bible, I just thought the information is in depth, accurate and rich. Its one of those companion books you don't want to put down. Its a bit confusing but once you grasp the sense of its order, it'll benefit you. It was instant for me in understanding it. The commentary is understandable and impressive in its revelation. Have fun with it!