One is tempted to be skeptical at the appearance of yet another NIV spin-off, but this work proves to be both a helpful complement/companion to the NIV Study Bible (only the text and concordance are duplicated) and a simpler alternative to the Thompson Chain Reference Bible (which is available with the NIV text). The major features allow several approaches to biblical subjects: the Topical Index outlines topics and gives supporting references; Topical Ties connect thematic series of texts; Thematic Introductions, Theme Charts, and Theme Notes develop major topics of individual books; Prophecy Notes trace prophecy/fulfillment; and Time Links sketch chronological relationships. Additional charts and maps further enhance this volume's usefulness. Recommended for collections serving lay Bible students.-- Craig W. Beard, Harding Univ. Lib., Searcy, Ark.