"Reading The Message is like walking into a familiar room where the furniture has been creatively arranged and the walls newly painted. The structure of the room is the same, but the ambiance is refreshing and inviting. Eugene Peterson's and William Griffin's relevant translations of the complete books of the Bible provide a welcoming link from the text's ordinary language to the heart of the reader's everyday life."
- Joyce Rupp,
author, Fragments of Your Ancient Name
"As a preacher, teacher, and writer, I am always looking for resources that put flesh and bones on the timeless wisdom of the Word of God. The Message does that and more. Sometimes lyrical and sometimes leaving a smile on the face, this paraphrase of the Bible into contemporary English will give you cause to pause, ponder, and pray."
-Fr. Albert Haase, OFM,
co-host, "Spirit and Life" on Relevant Radio
"Finally, this much-loved version of the Bible in contemporary language is here with the 'Deuterocanonical' writings included-- all the biblical books regularly used by Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, and others. Just as in earlier editions of The Message, readers will find here a fresh and invigorating sense of these ancient texts. This is a gift to the churches."
- Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee,
Episcopal Bishop of Chicago
"I thank God for The Message. In it Eugene Peterson gives a fresh and authentic voice to the Scripture. I recommend it highly."
- Richard Foster, Author, A Celebration of Discipline
"Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox Bibles contain several Old Testament books not included in most Protestant/Evangelical Bibles. I've missed these books in The Message--until now. Thanks to translator William Griffin, the adventures of Tobit, Judith, the Maccabees, and others are available in this Catholic/Ecumenical Edition in the same authentic, real, down-to-earth language that makes The Message such a powerful rendition of the Bible."
- Carl McColman, Author,
The Big Book of Christian Mysticism
"If you want to see your friends and family who have fallen away from the church, non-readers of the Bible, and/or unchurched people get the message, The Message Catholic/Ecumenical Edition gets God’s Word across in an up-to-date, heaven-sent, down-to-earth style."
"I doubt there is any biblical translation in the contemporary English language as readable, scholarly, and truly helpful as The Message. What an amazing prayer resource for preachers, teachers, students, seekers, and believers! Read and be inspired!"
- Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM,
author, Falling Upward and Immortal Diamond
"The Message is so startlingly new, it often makes me laugh out loud and nod my head with its frank and practical approach. I think the prophet Jeremiah would say: "That's what I meant!" And I feel sure Saint Paul talked just like this."
- Alice Camille,
Award-Winning Columnist on the Scriptures,
U.S. Catholic Magazine
"I am truly excited that this edition is now available for Catholics. The people at ACTA have maintained throughout that this is not meant to replace your favorite Catholic translation, but rather to be an aid to understanding and discovery. I think it succeeds in this quite well. The content and format of this edition is conducive to reading the Bible in large chunks. The Message remains popular in Protestant circles, and I know of a number of Catholics who take great comfort in reading from it. So, I am glad that there is finally a complete Catholic edition available for them and for all who are interested in seeing a rendering of the Bible in a fresh, unique way."
"The Message is a full, contemporary, American idiomatic translation of the Bible for college students and all lovers of Scripture and great writing. It will open your ears and allow you to discover anew the ongoing power of the Good News."
- Brother Louis De Thomasis, FSC,
Former President, St. Mary's University of Minnesota
"At first I was skeptical of a Bible version with the title The Message, never having been a fan of modern popular versions such as the Good News Bible. But, I was won over. Reading the fresh and popular language of The Message, alongside the more formal style of the New American Bible, enabled me to find much food for thought. I recommend highly The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition.... "
- Msgr. M. Francis Mannion, Catholic News Agency