13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2014
The information given under book description refers to a different book.Title: Message NOT The Message . Author Anonymous. Published before 1926 click on" paperback" version and it will take you there! Amazon says the review is correct...its not!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2014
The Message, a very controversial bible translation - yes it is a translation. Peterson takes some liberties, calling The Lord - God, but he does capitalize etc when it refers to The LORD. Peterson has worked hard to make a bible that speaks to the reader, and sometimes he takes theological liberties, translating passages and adding in wherever he feels he must to explain the passage for the reader. You'll notice it in the epistles more than anywhere else. Now I'm not saying this is a bad thing..I'm just mentioning that this happens. The Message IS a translation, but in translating he then paraphrases to make things easier. I'm going to be honest, I use this a lot! Its so easy to read. But I do find my eyes narrowing at times..he takes liberties (as I said), this is not the pure, unadulterated word of God, this is more a 'help' than a go-to. It's RELEVANT, it's purpose-driven. Again, not bad things, and it is definitely cool. Sometimes it seems like its written by a 50 year old guy in a mid life crisis. But its definitely worth reading, and it shouldn't be dismissed. It shouldn't be used to deliver the gospel, it should definitely NOT be used in church for preaching and teaching, except maybe as a reference. This is 100% a reading bible for you to use for yourself. Its amazing, and it will open your eyes to scriptures in a completely new way. I have felt God speak to me through the word, and a lot of his interpretations are correct and sometimes makes you have that 'God moment' feeling.
One thing I will criticize (and it's not really worth diminishing it by a star) is 1 Corinthians 13:1 "If I speak in tongues of men or of angels.." The Message says "If I speak with human eloquence or angelic ecstacy.." - now that is really quite interpretative, its basically pushing 'tongues' as being pentecostal babbling. I dislike that, now the rest of the famous 'love' passage is wonderful, and when read aloud sounds great. Its just that tongues means languages, not what is seen in a pentecostal church - and most certainly isn't ecstacy,
1Cor13:1 basically means "If I speak as a man or as a messenger of the gospel but don't love, I'm just making a noise that has no meaning".
But other than that, I recommend The Message to anyone, but more to someone who already has a good handle on what they believe, or someone who will check it against a good solid version like the KJV or ESV.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2014
A really refreshing paraphrase of the Bible. The author is clear that it is not meant to be taken as a literal translation but rather as a means to provoke insight. This it has certainly done for me - page after page.
If you want a fresh look at the Scriptures, I would wholeheartedly recommend this version.
on 11 August 2015
I read this like I'd never read the Bible before! I have read the Bible over a dozen times, and no reading had this eefect on me.
Fresh new, weaves the spirit and hence movement and meaning into words that I'd never experienced before. It made me weep my heart out. It made me exultant - it brought me Christ Jesus, as for the first time. It it a MUST read for all Christians - for ALL humans on the planet! That's what the effect was on me. Eugene, thank you, thank you thank you!! PLEASE - if you want to FEEL the Bible - read this!!!