In my lifetime, I have never been able to read the whole bible without struggling to understand it. I would read it for a while, then give up, or get tired and fall asleep. Well, this one is very easy to read! Like a story. This is my essential work-study Bible. I also have other versions of the Bible to refer to in addition to this one. Now I can also understand, study and compare other translations of the Bible, but this one is the one that I always fall back on, because of it's ease of reading. I also like the fact that it has the Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha. These are essential books of Wisdom, especially the book of Sirach. They are similar to the wisdom of King Solomon, and give great advice to everyday questions in life.
A Great Bible for a young teen too!!! A great gift, everyone should have one! It also comes in large print and a children's version. Check out the Gospel of John on DVD, it's VERBATIM the Good News Translation! (My Godson who was only ten understood it and watched it all the way through!!!) I absolutely Love it!!! Both of these items are a must have! The Gospel of John God Bless You on Your Spiritual Journey, this will open the doors!!!