I recently bought a copy of The Message. I really enjoy this version a lot better than the traditional Bible. I bought one for my mom too, and she agrees.
For Lent I gave up Pinterest (for reasons I will explain on another day), and I'm also devoting thirty minutes a day to prayer/reading scripture. I am working on praying for specific things and trying to listen to God's voice -- something I don't feel like I really hear a lot. When other people tell me that "God told them to make this decision" in a sense it almost makes me jealous. I'm not expecting to actually hear a voice booming down or anything, but I just don't feel/hear it for some reason. I want to be diligent and keep working on it. A friend of mine told me a good way to begin is to pray for very specific things, and God might give you specific answers. I am hopeful that God will open my heart up to hear his voice.
I was wondering, have any of you read The Message? Do you like it? Does it bother you in how casual the language is? Just curious.