Well It was introduced to me by one of my uncles.
Trust me, It is an awesome book. A great paraphrased version of The Bible.
I know that many at times we tend to not understand, or feel threatened by few old testament scriptures. There have been days when I'd suddenly close my Bible seeing the harsh prophesies. And there have been days when the scripture wasn't clear and not understandable.
And the solution lies in this " The Message by Eugene Peterson" .
My uncle says, " Somehow I feel lot spiritual when I read It". And this has been my experience too.
One section from Psalms which I read recently is this :
The regular Bible doesn't have this version.
The book is available online too.
TRY IT, AND BE BLESSED