A devotional Bible aids in this process by giving you a little something to start with.
Devotionals can also focus on an individual's interests or background. You can find one that speaks to college students or to athletes. There is a Bible for military wives and for coach's. Even gardening as you can see here!
The writings of well known authors like Max Lucado and T.D. Jakes are used in devotional Bibles. There's the NIV Recovery Devotional for those working themselves through a 12-step program. And heritage devotionals such as the KJV Sisters in Faith.
Devotional Bible are also available as eBooks.
To choose a devotional Bible first choose the translation you prefer. Does the straightforwardness of an NIV or ESV help you dive right into your studies? Do you prefer the elegant poetry of the KJV? Think of the Word of God itself as the meat, and the devotional portions as the gravy.
The purpose of the devotion is to help you relate to the Bible. As an example, I'm looking at an NIV Women's Devotional Bible, New Testament only. I turn to 1 Corinthians as a book I wish to study. Right at the beginning of the book there's a few sentences telling me what Paul's purpose was in writing this letter, and goals I may want to consider while reading and thinking about it.
Then I see the devotions start with one designated for Monday. It gives me the passage I'm reading for the day, the particular verse I should focus on followed by a short writing by an outside author to meditate (or think) on. These are generally directed to things which may concern me as a woman. Below there are some additional scriptures I can read. This format gives you at least 30 minutes of a guided tour through the scriptures.
There is no lesson planned for the weekend. Rather there is a heading where it says Weekending, and here I am given a little something to reflect on over the next two days, a quote under the heading "restore" and two short verses for Saturday and Sunday under "revive." Since 1 Corinthians is a longish letter, it picks back up on Monday.
Devotional Bibles may not have cross-references, concordances and other study aids embedded into the text, so you may want to get these separately. However, for those who are just starting to study the Bible for themselves, or who tend to pick up their Bibles and not know where to begin, a personal devotional Bible is a great way to get started.