I have spent years reading and studying the Bible. Most of that has been in the New International Version of the Bible which I still endorse as a good translation. But I've also found that the New English Translation is helpful, especially with its translator's notes that document the options they considered for how to translate various passages, and why they made the decisions they did. Just listening in on that conversation is helpful for students of the Bible! If you're interested in purchasing one of the Bibles, use one of the following links and I will earn a little commission from it. Thank you for your support!
I've personally found the following books helpful and believe they're helpful to the broader conversation about faith and Christian fellowship. As with the Bibles above, if you purchase from one of the following links, I earn a little commission from it. And I receive every little bit with gratitude.