I bought this after some moms in a group I am on recommended it. I LOVE it!! So many of the devotionals so far have really spoken to me, hit home, and help me know that what I feel some days is what others go through too! I like that they are spread throughout the Bible so I can use it for my daily Bible reading too; and wanting to read the devotionals each day makes me open the Bible and remember to do my daily reading.
I was severely disappointed in this Bible. As a Bible it is nice, easy to read, I think the Italian cover is beautiful and I do find the devotional to be good but it is just a pre-done 365 day devotional that they willy nilly stuck all throughout the Bible for you to hunt for every day. It has NOTHING to do with the scripture around it and really should just be its own devotional outside of the Bible, or grouped all at the beginning or end of a Bible and listed as simply a Bible with a devotional included. It should not be described thusly, "with a full year's worth of encouraging daily devotions placed alongside the clear, accessible text of the NIV Bible." This description gives the implication that the placement of the days in the devotion were actually thought out and have anything to do with the text around it.
This is just was I was looking for. A regular bible with daily devotionals that pertain to the homeschooling mom. I have read 2 weeks worth of devotionals and so far it's been very helpful and really speaks to me. The cover is a soft leather and it does lay flat for the most part, when opened. The only issue I've had is the size. Because of the devotionals it makes this bible so much bigger and heavier. As a result it's difficult to carry in my purse to and from church. Otherwise, I am extremely happy with this bible.
I've tried in the past to institute a bible reading plan and never followed through until now. Every two pages or so there is a lovely devotional geared toward the homeschooling mother and wife. I am eager to read each days passage now. I love it. I recently purchased additional copies for my fellow homeschooling friends.