I am 19 years old in Christ (39 in earth years). I cut me teeth on KJV for over 4 years of intense study, and relying Completely on The Holy Spirit to teach me. Yet in KJV we do come to the passages and Verses that we are "almost 100% sure it is saying because of God's Spirit, yet we can't explain it. This cuts out all that "unable to expalin"! Of Course KJV will always be my Standard for the Use of God's Word, and as we are in the "last days" it has been proven faithful, and thus is wise to be "Well-Aquainted" with the text of KJV! As many we reach will accept nothing else "due to tradition and mis-understanding"... But to comment on this beautifully formed Translation of God's Word, I am Very very' Pleased with all the new understanding I gained when I first came across the first NLT (not the study bible), but as it opened so many verses and parables into the way we could just read straight from the text of the NLT and not have to paraphrase or inflect our opinion on!
Fast forward to March 2009. I married a wonderful woman. As should all godly Marriages~ (according as The Holy Spirit leads each) I purchased one brown soft-cover NLT Study Bible, and one Black w/ Floral Stripe for us to exchange and honor God 1st in our union in wedding vows!
My wife is not as mature in Christ, but that is ok, as God expects the husband of a godly marriage to be the spiritual head. Back to the Bible! lol It has so many notes that are new and had not been known in years past! It has many excerpts of teaching's on many pages that help one grasp the just of the book being studied! And the preview to each book in the bible is incredibly useful/accurate/and is the best Trailer for entering into the study of that book!
As a mature man in Christ who still holds to KJV as the Standard. This bible has opened God's Word in so many ways, but mainly for those verses that we get "stuck" on and wonder about (Even as we have understanding in The Holy Spirit) it is a proven when discovered in the text of the NLT. If you wish to compliment the KJV~ Use as a 2nd Bible ~I would even venture to say this could be used as a Main Bible text! Especially for youth or young adults. And Christians** If you need a Priceless gift FOR ANY OCCASION! I rarely reccomend anything. So, for this man to write so pasionately about this particular Study Bible, you have a guarantee of well-pleased with this Bible.
I hope I don't give the wrong idea with my summary header "Mixed Review".
Let me explain. This Bible is a quality product beautifully bound, with a hardy attractive cover and gold guilt page edges. I researched the Bible versions extensively before choosing the NLT. I wanted to be sure whatever version I chose would be as true to the original manuscripts as possible. I believe the NLT is. I enjoy the NLT version because it gives me a new perspective on the Scripture that I have read in the past in the KJV and NIV. I was raised on the KJV and although the old English is sometimes difficult to relate to and understand I do miss the poetic flow of many of the Psalms and other very lovely Scripture passages in the KJV. This was my same issue with the NIV and it would most likely not be an issue for most other people. The only other issue I have with the NLT besides the loss of the poetic flow of the text is that I would like to have more commentary in the foot notes for the various passages. My old Bible was a "Life Application Study Bible" and I found some of the footnotes there helpful. The "NLT Study Bible" has footnotes and some commentary but just not as much. I will say that the information before each book talking about the author of that book and the setting of the writing is great and very helpful in understanding and applying the teaching in that book. Those just starting out studying the Bible might find the NLT to be a real help in that it really puts the text in a way that is more easily understandable to us today. My old Bible was underlined and notated all over. I chose not to transfer any of that but rather to approach my reading with fresh and "uninfluenced" eyes and heart. I'm finding this to be a good experience.
All in all I am happy with this Bible and with the fast, good service, as well as the best pricing I was able to find from ChristianBooks.com. Hope this review helps someone.