Photo by Chris Brown. These are some antique books and book ends my parents owned for many years. I don't know where they came from. Maybe from the Grandparents.
Sometimes, when we are out and about running errands, in this busy season, we may be appalled at the wild and reckless driving of some. On the other hand we may be one of them. I've made some driving mistakes in my life that I couldn't believe. Now I find out that I'm one of the group who has chosen as a gift a bad paraphrase of the Bible. So I am one of the wild and crazy people out there.
Please learn from my mistakes. Here is what I found out from my latest error. If you are contemplating the possibility of purchasing a Bible paraphrase rather than a translation as a Christmas gift for someone, here is some quick advice. Don't buy "The Message," authored by Eugene Peterson. I just found out that it is not a good paraphrase. The living Bible by Kent Taylor is a better choice.
Here is a comparison of the Lord's Prayer in The English Standard Version, The Message, and The Living Bible:
Matthew 6:9-15 ESV:
Which one is better? You choose.