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The Message//REMIX Brown/Navy Vintage

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  6,163 Ratings  ·  330 Reviews
The Message Bible is written in contemporary language, so you feel as if you are reading the Bible for the first time.

First introduced in 2002, this vintage edition of The Message//REMIX 2.0 was a runaway bestseller. NavPress has brought back this classic two-toned leather-look Bible that features deeper book introductions for today's young adults.
Leather Bound, 1856 pages
Published January 21st 2011 by Message (first published March 1st 1997)
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Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot of (unfortunate) debate about the validity of this translation of the Bible. Some refuse to call it any more than a paraphrase. Living in a foreign, non-Western culture (and having worked on some translation myself) helped me better understand the importance of context, the influence of culture, and the shortcomings of literal translations in writing. As I read Peterson's translation of the Bible, I am mindful that it is not a literal translation but am more than satisfied with th ...more
Steve Miyamoto
Have to love a Bible translation that says stuff like:

God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn't deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. (Romans 8:3a)
Jul 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
Have you ever longed to read the Bible but were put off by your memories of its language? This is your solution: an absolutely faithful translation in modern language. It almost makes Chronicles readable.
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit that I didn't read this cover to cover. But I have read significant sections of this Bible and wanted to leave a review.

First, The Message Bible needs to be viewed in perspective. As Mr. Peterson notes, this is not a study Bible. It is not meant to be used to get deep down into doctrine. Instead, this is a reading Bible. Mr. Peterson's goal in his translation was to bring the same feelings to the modern reader that that were experienced by the original audiences to the Bible's message.

Feb 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic. The Word of God in contemporary language without losing the true import or meaning.
Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I did it!!!!! My goal was to read the Bible in a year, so I followed a schedule and just finished this translation of the Bible today! Whew! I had chosen The Message because it was in contemporary language. Previously, I had read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in here, and had been impressed with the images Peterson chose. Well - I am glad I read the whole Bible now, because over all, I felt cheated. Part of this, I'm sure, is because I am so used to reading the King James version. Yes, some of th ...more
Jenna Leigh
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I, like many others, had always avoided reading the Message Bible because of its supposed "heretical" leanings. However, recently I've been experimenting with some different translations. I have always read the NIV Bible, but the language style has become so familiar to me that I found that I was having trouble focusing while I was reading. I've got a Bible app on my iPhone, so every once and a while I would cross-reference verses from other translations with the NIV just to get a different pers ...more
Elizabeth Dyck
I like the way this Bible is set up for the most part. I would have liked to have all the verses separated from each other instead of having them in paragraphs.

More of a reading Bible instead of a study Bible, it flows from verse to verse in story like format. I kind of like that and I kind of don’t since it doesn’t give you the impression of having separate verses.

All in all though I think I will find myself using it again and again. It’s the perfect size to carry in a purse/bag or if you don’t
Jan 21, 2011 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I looked through this translation of the Bible a few years ago and initially disliked it. But recently I've been reading Praise Habit, by David Crowder, and he uses this version on his rumination of the psalms and I really liked the language. There's a sense of urgency and a poignancy that resonates with me now that didn't when I initially tried out this translation. So I'm reading this version in my goal to read through the Bible in one year. So far so good, however I don't think it's going to ...more
Lee Harmon
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this contemporary Bible! It’s not the most accurate translation—it’s really not fair to even call it a translation, but rather a paraphrase betraying Peterson’s religious convictions—but I just find it enjoyable to read. It’s poetic and beautiful. Do not use it as a study Bible, but as an inspiring read.

I chose the book of John to highlight some of the translations, so you can get a feel for the wording. These aren’t my favorite passages, but they do highlight what I mean by a “paraphrasi
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eugene Peterson's "The Message" with its probing, dynamic interpretations of scripture often brings my own understanding of the possibilities and trajectories of the biblical texts to a new level. I bought this New Testament / Psalms for a friend whose first language is not English, although she speaks fluently and quite idiomatically.

This book is a delight! It's fairly thick and heavy because it's not printed on ultra-fine India paper and because (happily) they set it in an easily readable size
Chris Suleske
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Peterson's original Message transliteration was published, I eschewed it, taking my direction from critics who cherry-picked passages with which they took issue. By the time this version had been released, I'd mellowed in my take on such things. More than that, I'd come to appreciate Peterson's style of writing. It is easy to take passages with which we are accustomed and contrast them with the Message, producing instant dissonance. Psalm 23 is Psalm 23, in the KJV translation. Best to hear ...more
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
I would only consider it appropriate for somebody well-acquainted with a respectable translation of the Bible to read this. What do I mean by respectable; well I mean a translation that has stood the test of time and that is respected by a large majority of Bible scholars and Greek/Hebrew linguists. This is NOT a translation, but an interpretation. There is a big difference. This to me is more of a supplemental curiosity rather then a Bible I could actually make reference to.

As it is, there were
I prefer to treat this as a contemporary commentary on the Bible rather than as a legitimate translation of the Bible, and I take it that is what Eugene Peterson intended it for since he says in his introduction to The Message that it was not intended to replace standard study Bibles, but unfortunately it is not marketed that way at all. It is helpful at times and obscures with goofiness or inappropriate light-heartedness at other times.
Phileo Truth
Jul 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This translation of the Bible renders the text unrecognizable to any word-for-word and most thought-for-thought translations. In its efforts to be conversational, the language is bastardized. It is a sad commentary on the state of the church that so many in Christendom teach from this Bible in the general assembly. This translation should have been shelved.
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will read in 2013. This is one of my go to versions of the Bible in my bible studies
Heather's Mum
Oct 15, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical
Maybe not the most acurate, word for word translation, but oh so easy to just sit and read for inspiration and spirtual nurture. NOT a "study" Bible, but a "reading" text.
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this version of the Bible. Written for his grandson, Eugene Peterson writes this paraphrase in such an easy to understand manner.
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: Called a "Bible in contemporary language," The Message is a paraphrase that updates the antiquated, archaic language found in most translations, whether the 1611 KJV or the 2010 NIV.  This audio version features narration from experienced voice actor Kelly Ryan Dolan, as well as popular contemporary Christian music artists ranging from Steve Green to Janna Long (Avalon) to TobyMac reading selected passages, it's God's Word as you likely have never heard it before!

Production Values: 3.5
Nancy Snyder
Jul 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This paraphrase of the Bible is arranged to pair a reading from the New Testament w/a section from the Old Testament. Each section is followed by some reflective questions. At times the sections go together, at other times they don't. The chapters do no necessarily follow the sequential order of the "regular" Message by Peterson or the regular order of the books of the Bible.
I have been able to finally read the Bible through this translation, to think about what I am reading, and to relate wha
Benjamin Vineyard
The Message Reader's Edition (Book Reaction)

I enjoy reading *The Message* in longer reading sessions. The story flows more smoothly and I feel like I can grasp that arching story more securely when I can read for those longer sessions.

And that's just it -- *The Message* comes off more like you are reading a story. Or, as I sometimes imagine while I'm reading it, like you're sitting around a campfire and your grandfather is telling you something of the faith, something he memorized of Scripture,
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been so blessed by reading through this paraphrase of the Bible. I am thrilled to have finally completed a lifelong goal of reading through the Bible. But more importantly than that, I've felt joy in reading and it has not simply become a task I "had" to do...instead something I looked forward to. As the Psalms say I "thrill to God's Word, you chew on Scripture day and night." (Ps. 1:2)

This is not the best for deep study but it is so readable and reminds us that the Bible is a story - the g
Becca Moss
Jan 17, 2014 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Deuteronomy 15:10
10-11 Give freely and spontaneously. Don’t have a stingy heart. The way you handle matters like this triggers God, your God’s, blessing in everything you do, all your work and ventures. There are always going to be poor and needy people among you. So I command you: Always be generous, open purse and hands, give to your neighbors in trouble, your poor and hurting neighbors.

Hebrews 11:1
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it give us assurance about t
The Youth at our church challenged everyone to read the entire New Testament by Lent. I am way behind on the "schedule" suggested, but working away nonetheless. I think I read the Gospels through as part of my confirmation back in high school, but otherwise I am really not sure that I have ever read the Bible through as a book (i.e., not just a smattering of verses here and there at a time). Needless to say, it gives you a different picture this way!

So far the translation is a little choppy to
Elizabeth  Holter
December 2010: Every year I read at least one classic book, and this year decided on the oldest book continuously in print. I picked this version because it is in contemporary language,from a translator who knows Greek and Hebrew. Halfway through, now, I find myself perversely comforted by the fact that, while human nature has not changed a bit over the last few millenia, there is a gradual upward movement in the way men view the world and their gods. It's enough to keep me going.
July 18, 2011:
Okay... I don't even know how to begin a review of a Bible. By the way I was given this book for Confirmation so I only read what was necessary to write a decent blurb.
Let's start with the name. "Remix"? Really? This is a modernization of the Bible not a Britney Spears song featuring Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj.
I'm probably really biased about this because in general I feel like something is lost in modernizations or abridged versions of anything. Reading Les Mis and seeing "is it ok with u bro" inst
Adam Johns
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bibles, read-in-2013
Pastor Peterson gets it right more often than he gets it wrong, and anyone who has read his translation of the Holy Scriptures from the original language into contemporary English knows this very well.

There's a lot of controversy around this translation. Most people hold to the notion that it is a paraphrase. The thing about translations is that they are either word for word or thought for thought, and one is better for studying and one is better for reading and we need both. This is a thought
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holy-bible
I wanted a fresh perspective on The Bible and that is exactly what I got. The Message is written as more of a story Bible that uses very common, modern language to help the reader better understand the ancient text. The entire scriptures are there, but multiple verses are oftentimes linked together to create the story format. I am really appreciating the format of The Message and have gained new incites into the meaning of various scripture, but I still use other versions of The Bible as my prim ...more
Dean Wood
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
This is the first time I've ever used The Message for my through-the-bible reading. A lot has been said about its weaknesses and what people don't like about The Message. Here are a few things I liked:
- I found it helpful for reading the longer historical portions of the Old Testament.
- I loved it for reading Job.
- I can't tell how many times in the Psalms I thought to myself, "Oh, that's where that song came from!" A lot of songwriters, from U2 to songs on Christian radio, must read the Psalms
Jan 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was recently given the recommendation to read the introductions to each of the books of the Bible that Peterson writes for The Message. I was reluctant to do so because every time that I read his contemporary translations of Scripture, I find myself feeling like I am not able to see the Scripture as I ought. I did, however, take the advice. Peterson has written some powerful summaries of each f the books of the Bible. His ability as a good writer is at its best here. I find sentences hanging a ...more
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Eugene H. Peterson is a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. For many years he was James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College. He also served as founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. He has written over thirty books, including Gold Medallion Book Award winner The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language a contemporary translation of t ...more
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