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The vivid language of The Message pierces the hearts of readers and compels them to recognize their own lives from a new perspective—God’s perspective.

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In Praise of THEMESSAGE

Reflections in Honor of the 25th Anniversary of The Message

The Message has captured the hearts of millions of readers, enriching their understanding of Scripture and deepening their faith. A few notable friends offer their reflections on the importance and lasting impact of this Bible.

The Only Time is Now, the Only Place is Here

Bono

We imagine language was invented so we might communicate with each other better. Maybe not. Language is oft about exclusion—across an ethnic border where we speak differently or across borders we build intentionally, to separate and divide. In language we keep the other out. We can only be decoded or deciphered by one who speaks
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On Being a Part of the Music

John Blase and Ann Voskamp

Alexander Pope said it: “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” Then Elvis came along and sang it: “Wise men say only fools rush in.” (You’re probably singing that in your head right now.) When NavPress approached the two of us about working on some revisions for The Message in celebration of its twenty-fifth
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Unleashing the Sacred Purpose of God’s Word

Danielle Strickland

I’ve been trying to explain what happened to me when The Message hit the scene. I first heard someone read a passage out loud during a public meeting. And something happened inside of me. The words were familiar, but they stirred something—they settled my heart and relaxed my brain.
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Good with Words, Good with Tone

Michael Frost

I had a conversation recently with someone regarding salvation and the afterlife. A death in her family had prompted her to ask questions about life beyond the grave, so we talked about faith in Jesus, and she showed a great deal of interest. “Where can I read more about what Jesus said?” she asked. Of
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Ode to the Message

Dan Allender

The woman I was counseling was a jagged-edged, hard-bitten woman who looked 60 though she had only turned 40 a week before this conversation. She held a small book in her hands that initially looked like a tract on steroids. I saw the word Psalms upside down but I couldn’t tell what version. Her sister
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This Someday Eden

Jason Hague

I didn’t encounter the transformative writings of Eugene Peterson until my mid-thirties, and that’s probably a good thing. Any earlier than that, and I’m afraid I might have dismissed them altogether. I wanted to save humanity, after all. My world was far too big for his earthy calls to local faithfulness. I spent my childhood
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The Words of a Lover

Jan Johnson

One of the most difficult things I’ve ever done is teach a Bible study at the Samaritan Center (SC), a drop-in center for the homeless. Some participants could not read, others could read a little, and still others had college degrees. I had to get right to the point without any flowery language. I had
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An Invitation for Me

Brian Hardin

During my childhood, church was ever-present. My father was a pastor. Church was the sun around which we orbited. In church, I grew up hearing sermons about the Bible. For me, reading the Bible was another story—a confusing one. One day, I was crawling beneath the pews when I came upon a book. The Living
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The Essence of THEMESSAGE

Discover What People Love about The Message

"There's a translation of the Scripture that this guy Eugene Peterson has undertaken. It has been a great strength to me. He's a poet and a scholar, and he's brought the text back to the tone in which the books were written."
BONO, LEAD SINGER OF U2
(From “People of the Year: Bono,” by Bozza, Anthony. Rolling Stone, [December 6-13, 2001].
Copyright © 2001 Rolling Stone, LLC. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission.)

"The Message offers vibrant language that awakens my heart to the wonders of God's Word again and again."
MARGARET FEINBERG, AUTHOR OF FIGHT BACK WITH JOY

“Eugene Peterson brought the Scriptures to life with The Message. Up until three years ago, I had never read through the entire Bible. To be honest, it just didn’t keep my interest until I read The Message. Eugene has breathed new life into me as I begin my fourth year of reading through The Message Bible.”
DAVE DRAVECKY, FORMER PITCHER FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

"The Message is original and refreshing. Eugene Peterson has stayed true to the text and yet made it come alive for today's generation. I have already found myself using The Message when I speak."
JIM BURNS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HOMEWORD CENTER FOR YOUTH AND FAMILY AT AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

Eugene's translation of the New Testament strikes me as wonderfully alive. The Message is full of surprises, excitement, and the ring of authentic human speech and feeling. My hope is that many will be moved as I was by its remarkable freshness."
FREDERICK BUECHNER, AUTHOR OF THE SON OF LAUGHTER AND GODRIC

"Seems like forever since I've picked up a Bible that made the stories so fresh and new. My name is on that long list of folks who love to read The Message. What a friend this Bible has become."
MAX LUCADO, PASTOR AND BESTSELLING AUTHOR

"Many years ago Eugene Peterson gave us a precious gift through his simple, yet eloquent rendition of Scripture in The Message Bible and I've always loved the way passages spring to life through his unique interpretations."
TRICIA RHODES, SPEAKER AND AUTHOR OF THE WIRED SOUL

"In this crowded world of Bible versions, Eugene Peterson's blend of accurate scholarship and vivid idiom make this rendering both distinctive and distinguished. The Message catches the logical flow, personal energy, and imaginative overtones of the original very well indeed. It's a landmark and a triumph. Don't miss it!"
J.I. PACKER, AUTHOR OF KNOWING GOD

"No modern rendering of the Bible has produced more clarity, authenticity, and maturity for this century's global movement of God's grace than The Message. Our team uses it every week."
DR. BRUCE MCNICOL, CEO, TRUEFACED; BESTSELLING CO-AUTHOR of THE CURE

"The Message is so good it leaves me breathless."
MADELEINE L'ENGLE, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF A WRINKLE IN TIME

"The Message is never far away. I take it with me everywhere I go. Eugene Peterson has translated God's Word into language so beautiful and understandable that it will cause you to fall in love with Jesus all over again. Dr. Peterson has put the cookies on the lower shelf—come and eat!"
MARK LOWRY, COMEDIAN, AUTHOR, SONGWRITER, AND SINGER