I have had this version of the bible for 15 years and love going through it every year. The best feature of this bible is the chronology. For anyone who wants to see the bible in its historical setting, this is the version for you. By combining the stories that are duplicated and adding the psalms in sections where they likely were written, it brings the scriptures alive. The commentaries add additional info on the historical context as well. The only drawback to this version and organization (in my opinion) is the way the proverbs are presented (in themes). Other than that, Lagard Smith did an excellent job of putting this together and it is very readable!
Clearly the best choice for the average believer as it is extremely easy to comprehend. Of all the translations I have used, this one is my choice. It is wonderful to read scriptural events in the order they occurred. Yet, if you are trying to find a particular passage, the additional index allow easy locating.
This Bible is a great read in helping to understand the "regular" Bible. Professor Smith's comments are brief, yet enlightening and helpful in making one look forward to the daily reading. Just be sure to set aside enough time for your daily reading come Holiday time at the end of the year!
I gave this copy was to my wife. It is a good choice for folks having difficulty with small print. I have a regular print size of the same Bible and am reading all the way through for the second time. I really like the editorial comments of F LaGard Smith; and reading in chronological order really helps with understanding the Bible better. Wish I had this as a youngster!