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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God moves in mysterious ways... 25 Mar. 2006
By Pandra Selivanov - Published on
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I've read the reviews here and I'm impressed at the knowledge shown by many of the reviewers. I don't understand how they can be so smart and miss the whole point of The Message. Bible, paraphrase, collection of Bible stories, Peterson's personal opinion-whatever you want to call this book, it has the word of God coming through loud and clear. It's a book that says God loves us and it's a book that reaches people. What more do they want?

Personally I love the King James Version. I have a little checkbook sized copy I carry around with me, with all my favorite verses highlighted, and I read it every day. I love the language, the poetry, the imagery. I also love Shakespeare, but I don't let my love of the King James Version or Shakespeare cloud my judgement. There is a language barrier there. I believe it's a barrier worth overcoming, but some folks are not willing or able to make that effort. If they don't read Hamlet, it's not going to affect their immortal souls. If they miss God's word, they may not find salvation. It's as simple as that.

What's really funny about The Message and the negative reviewers is how they sound like the criticisms leveled at the King James Version when it first came out. Don't these intellectuals know there was a time when translating the Bible into English was banned by the church? Don't they know a lot of the King James Version New Testament is straight out of Tyndale's version, which was considered provocative and controversial? Don't they know the original Bible texts were not in English? There were a lot of people uneasy about the King James Version when it first came out-they didn't trust the common people to read the Bible for themselves. Looks like times have not changed. Personally, I agree with New Testament scholar J. Harold Greenlee when he says "No Christian doctrine...hangs upon a debatable text."

I like to read The Message side by side with the King James Version. I gave a copy of The Message to my son and he reads it and discusses the stories with me. When he has a question I am always ready with the King James Version. I recommend The Message to everyone I know-it reaches people and touches people and brings them to God.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great translation of the Bible 6 Oct. 2002
By Eve Chapman - Published on
I love the message, contrary to popular opinion, Eugene Peterson has done an excellent job. I believe he has faithfully tranlsated the Scriptures. It is a great Bible to read for devotions, but i also admit that you need a bit more depthy Bible to study from. But it is a breat of fresh air when you read it. I can feel the emotions through the words chosen by Eugene Peterson. I am able to give it to non-Christians to read and they love it because it appeals to them.
It is an excellent paraphrase and just because it's a bit different to normal translations, it is still great for getting the overall message of the Bible. Keep an open mind while you read it, because it will challenge you, but don't right it off just because it's a bit different.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Study With This ...RELAX and ENJOY With This...! 24 Oct. 2002
By Christian E. Senftleben - Published on
This is a great work. I love it and have spent a great deal of money on different editions. However, I agree with the person who wrote that it is more a running commentary than a Bible unto itself. I don't, however, agree that it "talks down" to the reader... rather, it seeks to bridge the culture gap AS WELL as the language gap. As such, we measure this work by its accuracy in INTENT rather than word-for-word correctness.
This should be a Bible for those intimidated and those overly-familiar. It speaks to all but particularly those of us in either camp often happens simultaneously, strangely enough!
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MSG is just what it is 16 Aug. 2006
By C. Lee - Published on
I will attempt to get the message through in the same way as Peterson's MSG; it is just what it is, and what's that?

MSG is MonoSodium Glutamate, and what's that? It's the scientific name for a taste enhancer found in many foods. Why liken it to this? Well, the purpose is to enhance or more so facilitate reading of the Bible, just like the taste enhancer enhances the taste of foods [thus facilitating consumption] but it has nothing to do with the real thing.

MSG [scientific name] may make what you eat taste like chicken but is nothing close to chicken.

It's not to say that Peterson's MSG has absolutely nothing to do with God's Words but just that it is only a foretaste or whiff or a trailer, in movie terms, of what the real thing is. It is neither pure MSG nor real chicken but a kind of chicken stock. One might liken it to a deluted real chicken soup but enhanced otherwise to make it still SEEM like the real thing...

To conclude and as a reminder, none of us has the actual Word of God, the Bible that we have is only a translation of it. So it would be wise to rely on not just one translation but a few. And it would be unwise to rely solely on Peterson's MSG as it is more a paraphrase than a translation.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hooked on it" "A Page-Turner" 20 Jan. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
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I can relate to the descriptions other readers have used for "The Message": hooked on it, a page-turner... I, too, read the Bible in many different translations and paraphrases, even in another language, but got tired of reading it. I had the sense that "I have it memorized, why bother reading it again?"
Thank you, Eugene Peterson, for revitalizing my interest in the Bible through "The Message". Even the introduction to each book is wonderful to read. I'm getting new insights, new impressions, and best of all, a new sense of how vital my interactions with God can be. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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