What was your first Word?

I have a friend that I have know for a really long time. As long as I have known him, he has always been a “good” guy. Recently, after months and months of prodding and then eventually giving up asking him to come to church for the time being, he has started asking questions about forgiveness and Christianity (really strange how that works). I tried my best to answer and got him “Mere Christianity,” (I actually bought this before he started asking the questions) and he is interested for more.

Here is the question:

If you had to give this person a Bible, which version would you give him and why? (NIV, TNIV, King James, NASB, Message, etc.)