The NLT is an excellent translation for serious Bible study because at every turn of the page the NLT provides illuminating renderings of passages that are difficult to understand in other versions. The most common response we hear from those who read the NLT is: "I've read that passage before and never really understood it. Now that I've read it in the NLT, I understand what the Bible is saying."
We live in an age where there are multiple translations of the Bible in English. Many of these are very similar to one another--especially those produced according to the formal-equivalence (or word-for-word) approach. There are only so many ways a text can be translated literally. The advantage of a dynamic-equivalence (or thought-for-thought) translation is that it can provide fresh insights into Bible texts. Therefore, serious students of the Bible will benefit from use of the NLT along with various word-for-word translations to gain a fuller grasp of the meaning of Scripture.