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Message Remix-MS: The Bible in Contemporary Language MP3 CD – Audiobook, Jul 2006

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio; MP3 edition (July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598591541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598591545
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 15.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,142,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alias Vegas on 7 Mar. 2007
Format: Leather Bound
I have been a Christian all my life (I'm now 21) but every time I tried to read large chunks of the Bible I always found myself getting bored or confused. My mother lent me a copy of "The Message"-new testament and I have not looked back since! The language used is just everyday language so it's easy to digest and it's set out as more of a reading book than a Bible (no columns). I enjoyed my mothers version so much that I decided to get the remix version for myself as it contains old and new testament.

Highly recommended for a first time read of the Bible!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This Bible translation will always hold a special place in my affections,as it was the Bible that helped me back to the Lord.It was the first Bible I really understood-it is a great reading Bible and very useful when you comne across obscure passages in your King James or Douay-Rheims.Would still like proper verse numbering,but hey,there's not a thing in this world that is perfect.
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177 of 183 people found the following review helpful
Great bible paraphrase 11 May 2006
By K. A. Paine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is exactly what I was looking for: a bible in contemporary language that I could easily read while on a quick break from work, in a size I can stash in my bag, and in my favorite color!

What I like about this version of the Message is that the verses are numbered in the margins. The first issue of the Message wasn't numbered, and while I can understand that a paraprhase can be hard to number verse-for-verse, this one makes it easier to compare to another bible. I like to compare verses from the NIV to this one in my studies to get a better grip on just what is being said.

I love this bible, it's a great price and just perfect for what I needed.
176 of 182 people found the following review helpful
Kindle version - Not well thought out 28 Dec. 2009
By J. C. Pate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
First, I'm a big fan of the Message translation itself. This just pertains to the Kindle version (which I downloaded a sample).
Basically you can get to any book of the Bible through the Table of Contents, but that's about it. It won't allow you to navigate within books at all without going page by page.
This makes it not very user-friendly and hard to use in situations where you are looking for a particular passage.
Stick with the paper version.
139 of 145 people found the following review helpful
Awesome 25 April 2007
By MindCreations - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I never could really pick up the Bible (King James version) and read it without becoming very confused and bored. I picked up this book several months ago and could not put it down. I could easily understand what was being said and what was going on and I kept wanting to read more. It affected me in a way that any other version just couldn't cut it. It's great for teens and the younger generation who just can't wrap themselves around the scriptures the way they are written in other versions.

What's also good is that when you are actually being able to read through the Bible smoothly and without trying to sit and understand what exactly this or that sentence means, you want to pick up that KJV or NIV version and compare it to what this one says.

People are concerned that "The Message" takes away from the Bible's originality. Well, I disagree. The Bible has been written and re-written many, many times. It has been translated many times. There is nothing wrong with reading it in a "contemporary language" versus any other version that is out there. People should feel NO shame in reading the Bible in a way that they are comfortable with, in a way that speaks to them personally. People have different opinions and people understand things differently. Not everyone can say that they believe everything in the same way, 100%. I think that the older generations are so used to the way that they grew up with Christianity that it is just shameful if the younger generation does it any differently.

"The Message" helped me with my faith and really grasping Christianity and understanding what all of it means. If it wasn't for this book I would have never picked up the Bible, I would have stayed uninterested in learning anything about Christianity. I am sure that others can say the same thing. I highly recommend it! :)
362 of 388 people found the following review helpful
Caution: Camel Ahead 30 Mar. 2004
By Richard Brennan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Let me tell you what I love about this translation. It captures the heart and spirit and soul of these long dead writers and makes the message breathe again. It lets you read a letter from Paul in the New Testament and get a glimpse of what it might have been like to be in that first century church when the parchment was opened and read for the first time - hearing your issues, fears, hopes, and sins being directly addressed.
I can appreciate that this is far from a word-for-word translation. But word-for-word translation is not the gold standard of biblical scholarship that many make it out to be. The problem with literal translation is that while you can translate the words accurately, you have just ripped them out of their original context and culture and thrown them 2000 years into the future, and plopped them down on to a page for everyone to ooh and aah over. It's all very academically commendable that you can tell me that "in John Chapter 3 verse 15 Jesus says that 'whoever believes may in Him have eternal life'... that is according to a third century papyrus fragment which is also found in a fourth century uncial; but that third century papyrus also adds in the phrase 'will not perish' - but that isn't found in the fourth century Latin manuscripts, or the early Coptic or Syritic versions, so that phrase was probably added..."
Sorry, my eyes just glazed over. My mind was wandering... something about missing the forest for the trees. Someone very wise once warned about being too careful to strain out the gnat, while swallowing a camel...
Anyway, my point is, by every account, listening to Jesus speak was a life changing experience. This translation captures that essence - which carries crucial meaning and impact. Think of this contemporary example: Martin Luther King's "I have dream" speech. What makes it so powerful? The words are a part of it, certainly. But there is also the context of that unprecedented moment in time - that gathering. There is the very simple vocabulary he used - that conveys the sense that this man is "of the people". There is the rhythm. Those strong Baptist cadences that signal a call and response. That conveyed the sense that this was not just a political message - this is a spiritual message. All of those woven together, consciously or unconsciously, are used to shape our messages. They say, "THIS SENTENCE IS IMPORTANT. This one, not as important, but stay with me because I'm building to something good." Think of what would be missed if you didn't speak English, knew nothing about the 60's in America, but only had a word for word transcription of that speech. You might scratch your head wondering what all the fuss was about.
Get my drift? The truth is, anyone who studies language will tell you that we don't communicate words, or even sentences. We speak, we communicate, in paragraphs. A paragraph is an idea. We use sentences, or fragments of sentences to build paragraphs. If you really want to get to the heart of the Bible (yes, I'm finally coming back to that) you want to grab a hold of the paragraphs. Take those ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic words and re-arrange them into meaningful paragraphs, one idea building on another, and you will have come back to what the original author was trying to get across. The ancient words are not (pardon the pun) " the message". They are the tools used get the message across to their contemporaries. If we want to experience that same message, we have to blow the dust off these words, and try to reconstruct the inspired, revolutionary, life altering meaning that burned in their author's hearts. The Message is a tool that can help in that regard. It's not the only tool, to be sure - but even if this was the only Bible you ever read, I think I can safely say that you will be the better for having experienced it.
Re: 5 stars - I mean, jeeze, if you don't give THE BIBLE five stars, you must have some pretty tough standards...
55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Kindle Version Unsuitable 20 Oct. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The lack of any navigation below book level renders this version unsuitable for anything other than reading a book of the Bible at a time. Consider, for example, what would be involved in reading Psalm 150. Having to continue to turn pages repeatedly (over a hundred, I'm sure) is just not satisfactory. I have several other versions of the Bible for Kindle and this is the ONLY one with this inadequacy. It should not have been offered in its present form.
The rating is for the Kindle version explicitly, not for The Message translation, which I enjoy very much. However, I will not be able to use it often on my Kindle.
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