Oh how I wanted to enjoy this! I had visions of an alternative to The Message, but instead, what I got was something all together different. This is a retelling of the New Testament by the Ecclesia Bible Society. Yes, the original languages were used, scholars were consulted (I even studied under one of them!) but in the end, it is simply put a Post Modernism New Testament tract. Something to give to non Christians that are unreceptive to The Gospel in its traditional form.
Overall, it is a well written retelling of the scripture, but should not be purchased with the intention of the use for study or as a replacement Bible.