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If you don't think of the Bible for "casual listening" or "pleasure listening", this version of "The Message" will challenge that opinion. "The Message" has to be among the best - if not the best - English version for listening. The prose is contemporary and engaging and Eugene Peterson does an exceptional job providing continuity of the text where other, more literal versions do not. He captures the spirit of the text well, unafraid to use emotional terms and colloquial phrases to express the points. I have found myself laughing and smirking on multiple occasions at his choice of words - well-capturing the emotional tone (funny, serious, sarcastic, etc.) of the original authors.
While I would never use "The Message" as my exclusive study Bible, it is exceptional for my lengthy daily commute and I find it easier to track with than the New International Version to which I have listened. And it makes the Bible very approachable to anyone who considers it intimidating or too complicated. Peterson makes it clear in the introduction that he's aiming at a thought/sense translation, not a literal one. He absolutely hits the mark.
Kelly Ryan Dolan's reading is exceptional and nearly right-on; I have found few phrases or sentences that I would have emphasized differently. (He is consistently good with his reading of John Eldredge's "Waking the Dead".)
I would recommend this version to those who have never considered the Bible approachable; this version will change your mind. I can also recommend it to those who have read the Scriptures for years as this version will give you a fresh perspective. And for those who are convinced there is only one "real" version? Please remember that God expressed them through men in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek - not English - and that same Holy Spirit works to interpret the Scriptures for people of all tongues today - even contemporary English! God bless all who seek the truth.
29 of 29 people found this review helpful
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.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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!
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Really easy to understand and the narrator is really enthusiastic. Sometimes a little too enthusiastic but it really paid off in the books by Saint Paul. I refer to this often when I can't figure something out in another version, and I'd recommend it for everyone.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful