The NIV is my favourite version, and this update is really good. As a local preacher in training, I need an accurate translation that puts the text into English people can understand. This rendition of the NIV is good from that point of view. The binding is good, but fine bindings don't appear to be what they used to be. The paper isn't fine quality Bible paper and the maps really aren't up to much. The text is really easy to read and the two ribbons are most useful. The positives do outway the negatives, but a favourite Bible is a friend that we want to last for many years in spite of regular use. You cannot do that with a budget binding.
I'm happy to recommend this to others, and I am sure it will prove to be a 'best friend' Bible for many for years to come, regardless of whether you are a new Christian or a preacher/teacher.