The Message 100 by Eugene H. Peterson

Book description:

What moves you?

Beauty?
“God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good!” (Genesis 1)

Worry?
“It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (Philippians 4)

Injustice?
“God was moved to compassion when he heard their groaning.” (Judges 2)

Suffering?
“Deeply moved, Jesus touched their eyes. They had their sight back that very instant.” (Matthew 20)

The Bible tells a story about moving—people moving from place to place, from good times to hard times to good times again. But more than anything, it’s a story of a God who is moved by love, and who moves—and who moves us—to make the world a better place.

Here in The Message 100 is the whole Bible—every single, moving word of it—laid out in 100 readings and arranged to reflect the unfolding story. Move through it at your own pace, and discover how God may be moving right there on the page, right here in your life.

My review:

When my youngest and I talk about reading the Bible, he always says, “But I just don’t understand what it all means.”  I can’t wait to pass this book on to him.  Peterson offers readers the complete Bible in 100 readings, in contemporary language that is easy to understand.  It isn’t even a phrase by phrase rewrite of the Bible, but seems to be more of a summary of several verses in paragraph form.

It is very easy to read and understand, even more so than the NLT version.  Peterson definitely takes the Bible and transforms it into reading more like a novel.  I liked the idea of reading the Bible in sequence, not necessarily book by book.  It helps readers to get a fresh take on familiar stories.

I liked so much about the book that it is difficult to offer any criticism.  However, I did find the readings a little bit too long.  I had a hard time getting through the reading for each day in my morning time.  I had to go back and find time later in the day or carry the book with me to steal reading time throughout the day.  It might have been better if the book was formatted for a year-long reading, instead of 100 days, and had shorter selections each day.

Overall, I think this book would be great for a teen or for someone new to reading the Bible.  It is also a nice choice for anyone wanting to look at the Bible with fresh eyes.  However, it is definitely a devotional book and does not lend itself easily to looking up specific stories or verses.  Despite the small criticisms, I would recommend this book to anyone as a supplemental Bible resource.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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