Summary

"This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need to be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life." Those familiar with any part of the Bible will recognize John 3:16, with a mind-altering difference. The words are fresh, new, and sound like the 21st century. That's because they are from The Message, a presentation of the Word of God crafted for a modern age. Eugene Peterson, translator and editor, learned from his years of teaching and pastoring that most people, through familiarity or frustration with the Bible, were missing the whole message of Scripture: the Word that God uses to create and save us, heal and bless us, judge and rule over us. So he set out to give us that word in language we use every day, a reading Bible that would enable the Word to penetrate our hearts and minds, transforming us day by day into the person God desires us to be.
©2003 Eugene Peterson (P)2003 Oasis Audio LLC, Under Arrangement With NavPress, Publisher Of The Original Book Version
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"Acclaimed biblical language scholar Peterson has paraphrased the original Greek and Hebrew of these most popular books of the Bible into vibrant, easy-to-read modern English." ( Ingram)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Lorna on 27-02-10

Brilliant

I love having this in audio book form, it means you can listen to scripture whilst carrying on with your day. I often found it hard to find time to sit down and read my Bible. Although I would make sure to try and do so everyday, often it would mean my time would be cut short. Being able to listen to this is great as it allows you to fit reading the word of God in to your day to day life, journey to and from work, cooking, house work, anywhere. As "The Message" translation is more fluid compared to others; this has helped when listening to it whilst on the move.
In this format, from Audible, it comes in 3 parts. Titled Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. This means its not easy to find particular books, chapters or verses. If this was an important feature for you, then I would suggest getting it in CD format, which would make it easier to find specific books and chapters. Otherwise I would definitely recommend getting a copy of this! Beautifully read and easy to listen to, but be warned its not so easy to put down! You may find you have spent the whole day absorbed in the word of God!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cooking Wannabe on 25-07-15

Easy listen

Would you consider the audio edition of The Message to be better than the print version?

Great for listening when walking the dog

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Message?

Language makes the bible readable as a story

What about Kelly Ryan Dolan and Carol Nix ’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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5 out of 5 stars
By Wesley on 08-12-03

The Message

This is the finest paraphrase of the Bible that is in existence. Eugene Peterson makes the Bible come to life in our modern times. Highly recommended for Christians and non-Christians alike.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Randall on 10-12-03

Not For Study, But For Illumination

Simply the best modern translation of the Bible in existence. Not for detailed study of the scripture, but the translation was written to be read like a novel, and it succeeds. Many scriptures I'd been confused over became clear with this translation. I'm eagerly awaiting the Old Testament.

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