The Message Personal Size (Leather-Look, Saddle Tan): The Bible in Contemporary Language

By | December 6, 2019

Appealing to both men and women, this personal-size edition of The Message is ready to go and easy to carry. With a soft camel-colored cover, matching tan stitching, and a brown embossed logo, this cover is equal parts rugged and refined.

In the front of the Bible, Eugene Peterson helps readers learn to use a “reading Bible.” In the back, the Topical Concordance will help them find Bible passages on more than 80 topics, including doubt, anger, love, and money. With “The Story of the Bible in Five Acts,” and additional charts and maps, anyone can feel at home in the world of the Bible.

With book introductions at their fingertips and The Message’s unique verse-numbered paragraphs, readers have everything they need to sit back and enjoy the Bible, and to hear God speak in unexpected ways.Readers who have either found the Bible to be an intimidating proposition or who are so familiar with it that the words have lost their meaning will discover that Eugene Peterson’s The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language is a welcome way to read and reread one of the best-loved books of all time. It’s directly translated from the Greek and Hebrew texts and is intentionally designed to be a reading Bible rather than a study Bible. Each of the 66 books has an introduction by Peterson, and there are no verse numbers to interrupt the flow of the passages.

The vibrant flavor of the text is evident from the opening verses of the book of Genesis: “First this: God created the Heavens and Earth–all you see; all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness.”

There’s renewed vigor in some of Jesus’ most well-known words of the New Testament in John 3: “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 be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.”

Whether it’s the poetry of the Psalms, the thundering tirades of the Old Testament prophets, or the ageless words of Jesus, Peterson breaths new life into timeless passages in this fresh-voiced paraphrase. –Cindy Crosby

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2 Comments

Anonymous on 12/06/2019 at 16:03.

Brought me back to the bible The Message brought me back to the bible after a long time away -since my job constantly has me reading difficult texts and analyzing information, the idea of digging into the bible upon getting home had felt daunting. When a friend introduced me to this version, I had an easier time getting back into the word and staying in it.The section at the back with verse for different challenges and feelings we encounter has helped me to find stories and verses in times where life has been…

Anonymous on 12/06/2019 at 16:24.

Amazing!