The Message spawns more books

by | Nov 26, 2012 | Emergent Church

Just in time for “X-mas,” Touching Wonder is a new book is based on The Message, which is NOT a translated Bible but an interpretation from Eugene Peterson, and which distorts God’s Word.  As Raymond Clements points out,

“The Message Bible”…is actually not a Bible.  It is a message from the enemy specially crafted to filter through a veil of Scripture so as to “deceive even the elect” (Mk. 13:22).  Supposedly, The Message is harmless, just another translation in contemporary style, but one quick look should show anyone that it is a questionable paraphrase at best.  SOURCE

Here’s what the publisher has to say about Touching Wonder:

This bold retelling of Luke 1–2, based on Eugene Peterson’s Message translation, reads like a novel and invites readers to experience the Nativity with fresh wonder.
To Eugene Peterson’s The Message Bible translation, John Blase adds his own storytelling voice, exploring the familiar events from multiple first-person viewpoints. What emerges is the intimate story of unlikely people—a frightened teenaged girl, a worried carpenter, a collection of senior citizens, a disillusioned young shepherd—meeting up with the divine as they bumble and stumble toward the realization that the little one just born is the One.