I was raised catholic and didn't read God's instruction book until he saved me from death. I started with the NIV Life Application. Started with page one and read the concordance before going to the next page. That was the Bible that began my understanding of God's purpose for me. I never went anywhere without it and have since passed it on to my oldest daughter with duct tape holding it together. I now stay in the KJV, however I use www.biblos.com for research, word translation and also to read line by line comparisons when friends ask my opinion about different translations. You can read verse by verse comparisons from darn near every bible written. Check it out.