First, this latest NIV edition apparently uses the 2011 NIV. I've purchased several copies of the older one that used the NIV84, which I much prefer over the 2011, less literal/more politically correct, edition. The Story NIV84 might no longer be available. My review is actually for that edition, but will still apply to this one I think. I've also purchased quite a few of The Story NKJV, which is the version I use. I left a more detailed review on that product page. The other copies I bought were given as gifts. Having purchased so many copies to share, obviously I think The Story is a good product.
The Story quotes sections of Scripture and links them together with composed transitions. Think of it as a condensed version of the Bible, or a nice refresher course. The major stories of the Bible are covered, but the entire Bible is not directly quoted. The hardback edition is in the same format as that of regular books, very inviting and easy to read.
While my favorite edition of The Story is the current NKJV, and my second-favorite is the discontinued (?) NIV84 edition, this version is still a great product at a nice price. Of course, The Story is not meant to be a substitute for reading your complete Bible.
Awsome book! I loved the fact that its super essy to read to get the BIG PICTURE about the Bible. Does not replace the bible of course, but after reading this book, you can understand it more. Great for all ages.