I've used an Open Bible since the 1970's when I received one as a gift. I've worn out 3 of them to date and given them as gifts to many friends & family members since. They all comment on how they love the Cyclopedic Index and how it helps to understand what they are reading. The study notes mingled throughout are almost as good as a well-spoken sermon. I've found myself lost within these pages for hours at a time!
I applaud Nelson for bringing back the Open Bible. I have always liked the Biblical Cyclopedic Index. It is the first Bible I bought when I was saved back in the early eighties and therefor have become very attached to it. When I saw that it was in print again I mentioned it to my wife and I think she was as quick as I to buy it. That said I cannot express with words how disappointed I was when I received it. Yes it has all the features I fell in love with so many years ago, but when I pulled it out of the box the sight and feel of the cover just threw cold water all over my excitement. Apparently "Bonded Leather" isn't what it use to be. It feels as cheap as any cover I have ever felt. The front cover wont lay down like all other Bible covers I have, it stays rounded up and open. I know I have been spoiled with some Calf skin Bibles but surely they could have put a little nicer cover on it. I would have been more than willing to spend a little extra money fore it. Okay, a lot of extra.
This bible is fantastic! I highly recommend this "tool" that helps one dig deeper into The Word of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. I read and study the bible daily. I regularly use my KJV, NIV and NASB, simultaneously. Sometimes I'll even compare and reference with either my 1599 or 1560 Geneva (minus the study "notes" of those Genevas). I started reading the "Open Bible" and it is a treasure trove of inspiration, that leads one to a fuller understanding of God's word. I recommend a good basic study bible like the one from Zondervan in either NIV (preferably pre 2011 edition) or NASB. In addition to the above, I also recommend having at the table and side-by-side, the "Key word Greek-Hebrew" study bible, a "Thompson Chain Reference" study bible and this "Open" bible. All three point out unique perspectives and helps, without distorting the inspired words of God.
Personally, I use at the study table and regularly at the same time the following resources:
-KJV study bible (Zondervan)
-Thompson Chain reference (NIV)
-Key Word Hebrew-Greek study bible (NASB)
and finally this latest edition...
-The Open bible (NKJV).
These four core bible translations with their respective and independent "helps" has really allowed me to understand some difficult, yet beautiful books of the Christian bible. God makes all these resources possible for us!