Peterson is a longtime pastor and professor of theology and wanted to bring the Good News to people in a language that they could understand. His academic background in Semitic and Greek language helped Peterson bring the text alive for his readers. Also, Peterson has been a pastor for over thirty years and knows the everyday language of his parishioners.
I use a variety of Bibles for Bible study and for teaching and now The Message is one of them! I am enjoying The Message and I hope you do too!