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.
i love my new bible! this is the first bible ive ever chosen and bought for myself. its everything i was hoping for. beautifully well made. scripture in easy to understand format (im a new reader of the bible) and i love all of the narative that goes along side giving insight to the word and showing how to apply it in our own lives in todays world. love it!