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The Message Catholic/Ecumenical Edition by [Peterson, Eugene, Griffin, William]
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Reading The Message is like walking into a familiar room where the furniture has been creatively arranged and the walls newly painted. -- Joyce Rupp "The Message"

About the Author

Eugene H. Peterson, author of The Message, a bestselling translation of the Bible, is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, British Columbia, and the author of over thirty books. He and his wife, Jan, live in Montana.

William Griffin is a writer and translator who has done major biographical work on Billy Graham.

Eugene H. Peterson, author of The Message, a bestselling translation of the Bible, is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, British Columbia, and the author of over thirty books. He and his wife, Jan, live in Montana.

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  • Print Length: 2000 pages
  • Publisher: ACTAPublications; 10 edition (1 Sept. 2013)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9177c870) out of 5 stars The Message for Christians who read the Whole Bible, not just the reformed Protestant bits 1 Feb. 2014
By Donald A. Lowery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am an Episcopalian and a priest in said church. Being notorious fence sitters from Reformation times to the present, we decided to invent our own middle way with regards to those books called "Apocrypha" by Protestants and "Deuterocanonical" by Roman Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox and yes, we Episcopalians/Anglicans who actually use them. We do not use them establish any point of doctrine or deal with any theological controversy but we do read them for instruction in faith and morals. Readings from the Deuterocanonical books occur in our Eucharistic Lectionary, in our Daily Office Lectionary and as options in both our Marriage and Burial services. For that reason, I prefer a Bible that has these books available. This edition of The Message fills the bill exactly.

Some consider The Message too periphrastic in style for use in readings for public worship. However, I enjoy its vigorous presentation of scripture in contemporary language for personal reading and meditation. I also find it useful for reading scripture with my youth group kids. If the person reading this review is from any of the traditions that make regular use of the Deuterocanonical books, and you desire a vigorous modern version for personal devotional reading, or for use with folks for whom the Bible is unfamiliar territory, then I highly commend this edition. What about those Protestants who don't put much stock in the "Apocrypha?" This is a wonderful version in which to be introduced to those books for the first time. There is much history here and much wisdom to be gained. I would commend this version to any who are curious about the historical and theological background to the life of Jesus and his apostles. These books represent some of the theological ferment going on amongst Jews in the years leading up to the birth of Jesus.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9187d744) out of 5 stars Exactly right 10 Nov. 2013
By Simon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
My wife (author Joni Woelfel) and I would like to recommend Acta's unique Catholic/Ecumenical edition of The Message. We enjoy reading it and think it is beautifully published in content and presentation. Just like the well-done introduction explains, it is not meant to be a substitute for other translations but a companion. Having the extra Deuterocanical books included make it a top-notch resource. I highly recommend this engaging, modern, versatile version and commend Acta for publishing it. Sure to become a classic, it is perfect for giving as a gift. Jerry Woelfel
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92ebe4e0) out of 5 stars If God were here right now... 13 Aug. 2014
By W. LaRue - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an amazing book! While far from a reference that you would cite in biblical research, it is the one to reach for when you want to cite the meaning of Bible verses in your life. The author(s) have taken the original Greek, extracted what the words would have meant to a Greek individual at the time that the text was written, and put it into today's language, once again with cultural sensitivity. The result is startling at times. Paul's epistles read like letters from a stern but loving uncle. The meaning of confusing text drops away. I heartily recommend the book as an adjunct to anyone wanting to understand what the Scriptures are really telling us. Caution: your traditionalist friends may be startled at the insights that you get from words that they just use out of context to justify their actions; to counter this, just give them a copy of the book.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x950447a4) out of 5 stars Blessed be; navigation by book and chapter! 1 April 2014
By Cove Joy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Finally! A Message Bible that allows me to navigate to book and chapter of the New and Old Testament (notev my most recent review of the Remix version)!!!
Hint for those who can't get it: for the New Testament, poke the arrow to the left of TNT and a drop-down list of the books will come up. Hit the book, and chapter links will appear.
Frankly, I don't care if it doesn't go directly to verse (which are not listed line by line, anyway); I'm familiar enough with the Bible books that I can judge whether a verse is nearer to the beginning or the end, then navigate from there.
I'm so happy; at last I'll be able to read the apochrapha in plain English. These stories really engage in this translation.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91d02edc) out of 5 stars Finally Getting The Message 10 Nov. 2014
By Mary Harwell Sayler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When pastor-poet-writer and Bible scholar Eugene H. Peterson translated the Bible into contemporary language, I began hearing and seeing quotes from The Message almost everywhere! I prefer scripture to paraphrases, however, so I didn’t get a copy even as the book gained popularity and, amazingly, gave non-readers of the Bible an edition to love. Then I saw that Acta Publications had published The Message in an ecumenical Catholic edition with deuterocanonical writings (aka apocryphal books) translated by writer-translator William Griffin, so I finally requested a review copy and found, not only a highly readable version as lauded, but a rendering from the original languages with pastors, priests, and Bible scholars of mainline Protestant and Catholic denominations ensuring its accuracy and encouraging its ecumenical use. The down-to-earth wisdom and conversational style helps people of all ages to get the message God speaks.
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