I bought myself a new Bible. It's a English Standard Version Ryrie Study Bible. I like all the study notes, charts, diagrams, and etc. that you get with a Study Bible even though it does increase it's weight and size. Our pastor uses the ESV and apparently it is supposed to be closest to the original in translation.
I got the genuine leather binding and hopefully my new Bible will hold up better than my last which was The Defender Study Bible KJV. The Defender is the most well-used of all my Bibles. Nearly every page has verses underlined or highlighted and I have made notes in the margins. It has been my Bible for the past 15 years, but the pages are literally falling out. I keep it in a Bible case and still use it often because I know right where to find verses in it.
Before the Defender KJV, I used the NIV Study Bible. It was a gift from Larry, Christmas 1990. I love this one because it is where I recorded our family records like births, deaths, and marriages. It was also the Bible I used to read through the Bible in a year.
The Bible I used before the NIV was the New American Standard. It was a gift from our Sunday School teachers when Larry and I were still newlyweds. It is not a Study Bible, but it has a good concordance and chain references.
I also have a beautiful blue leather KJV Bible that was a gift from my college roommate, Anna. It's small and compact, which is probably the reason Phil used it when he was a teenager. I keep it on my desk at work now and pick it up occasionally when I have time to read. This was my Bible when I first read through the gospel of John in one setting. The whole book, from start to finish, and it changed my life. It was just the beginning of a life-long love for God's Word.
I can't really say that any one of these Bibles is my favorite. I have felt the power of the Holy Spirit speaking to me through all of them. I believe that God's Word is powerful, no matter what translation. Each of these Bibles has added to the treasury of knowledge of God's Word. It is through the Bible that we come to know God and what he is like. It's all in his Word: his love for his creation, his plan of redemption to save us, his sacrificial love in Jesus Christ who gave his life that we might live, his promise of eternal life for all who believe.
"Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day." Psalm 119: 97