“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.” J. I. Packer
Helping people connect with the language of the Bible can have a huge impact on their lives. Check out this great story from Tyler, who’s life was pointed in the right direction because he connected with God in a personal and meaningful way, through the Bible.
I was in Middle School and I always loved a great narrative. I loved God but having an affection for his word was always a struggle. I spent time reading, and still having this disconnect with the language. They gave away a Message Bible as a prize in my youth group and I happened to win.
I spent the next years ravaging through the pages and falling deeper and deeper in love with these stories of the Old Testament, and then I found the words of Jesus. To actually be able to read the words spoken by Jesus in such a way that was attainable not just for my ears, but my soul.
With technology being what it is and having the bible in our phones I still couldn’t abandon that Message Bible I received many years ago. To this day, it is covered in duct tape to keep from falling apart. The pages are frail from being taken everywhere on the planet and dried from many tears and late nights with God.
There’s no doubt in my mind that God used The Message to change my life. I’m now a Worship Pastor and walking in my calling with a deep affection and commitment to the Word of God.
For the first time as a gift Bible, The Message now includes several features that will help people like Tyler connect with God in a new way.
■ Personalize your Bible on the colorful presentation page.
■ Find passages easily with The Message’s unique verse-numbered paragraphs.
■ Read verses close to your heart using the Topical Verse Guide.
■ Get your bearings with handcrafted maps.
■ Use your Bible for years to come with its durable binding.
■ Keep your place with a satin ribbon marker.
Has The Message changed your life or the life of someone you know?
Give The Message Deluxe Gift Bible to someone who needs it as a way of expressing thanks to God for his work in your heart.
This post was originally published on The Disciple-Maker Blog.