I went over every word of the NIV text in depth. I found it to be a wonderful balance of accuracy and accessibility, and I've used the NIV as my standard text ever since.
The Bible is the only reliable data we have about God. The NIV is a trusted Bible translation - it communicates clearly and relevantly to our world today. I would encourage every Christian and every seeker to read this reliable translation daily and thoughtfully.
To have a version you can carry with you is useful... it would make a nice gift for someone as well.