I have been using the English Standard Version almost exclusively for the past three years now—for teaching and preaching as well as for personal study and devotions. The more I use it, the more I appreciate it. Besides the extraordinarily clear and accurate text, the helpful cross reference system and the wide range of sizes and bindings make this one of the most usable, accessible, and fruitful Bible products in decades. It is as literal as the NASV, but without the wooden syntax and archaic grammatical constraints. It is as readable as the NIV, but without all of the egregious errors and insipid political correctness.
But, that is not all. The software and online tools provided by the publishers are unmatched. And now, those wise folks at Crossway have added an internet blogsite where issues of serious Bible study, translation, and exposition are discussed.
If you’ve not gotten acquainted yet with the ESV, by all means do so. It may very well be the Bible you’ve been looking for all your life.