I purchased this Bible in 2008 (while going through a very difficult time in my life). I have owned numerous Bibles over the years. Always looking for an easier read, better translation, etc. Even after this purchase ... I still have purchased more Bibles. In spite of this ... I always found myself returning to this one. It has by far been the best Bible for my needs. It is an easy read and the Study Notes are very informative. This is my "Go To" Bible for everything. My husband and I have Bible Study each week. Over the years he has also come to appreciate this Bible. This particular purchase was for him. So now when we have Bible Study each week ... we are on the same page (literally). We both love this version and won't be using anything else. Thank you.
I purchased this Bible as a gift. My personal opinion is that the NLT translation is easier to understand them any other transactions including the NIV for a beginner. I know it isn't the closest literal translation but it is important for someone that is beginning their walk with God to be able to pick up a Bible and understand the message of God's word. Once they develop a hunger for the truth they can upgrade to the NASB or ESV translations. I also like the study notes in the Application Bibles. They can really help to bring an understanding of the word so it can be applied to your life as you start your new life living in God's word.
This Bible is even more beautiful in person. Love the large print, too. I really love how it explains every verse so you can understand what you're reading. Be prepared, though, this Bible is very heavy. I still love it and worth every penny.