I appreciate the Phillips version . It is a great read . I realize it is not as exacting as a NASBU for instance , but it does convey the biblical message in a way that is stimulating . When Phillps came out with his NT it was startling to the Christian public . That was then . We are used to that kind of version these days . I have his book " The Ring Of Truth " . I want to buy your God Is Too Small" and some others . His most famous rendering is Romans 12:1,2 . With eyes wide open to the mercies of God , I beg you , my brothers , as an act of intelligent worship , to give him your bodies , as a living sacrifice , consecrated to him and acceptable by him . Don't let the world around you squeeze you into its mould , but let God re-make you so that your whole attitude of mind is changed . Thus you will prove in practice that the will of God's [ Yes, "God is" would have been better ]good , acceptable to him and perfect . What I will do here is just give brief snatches do give you a sampling of his unique wording . I will not identify chapter and verse , just the book . Matthew --Alas for the world and its pitfalls ! Mark -- It is the fit and flourishing who need the doctor , but those who are ill . I did not come to invite the righteous , but the sinners . Luke ...you little-faiths These words reduced his opponents to shame , but the crowd was thrilled at all the glorious things he did . [ I did not like the subject heading above the account f Lazarus and the rich man -- " Jesus shows the fearful consequences of social injustice ] John And there was an undercurrent of discussion about him among the crowds . Acts You obstinate people , heathen in your thinking , heathen in the way you are listening to me now ! They approached him in a body... ... got hold of some of the unprincipled loungers of the market-place . ... this craft of ours might fall into disrepute ... ... we have found this man a pestilential disturber of the peace ... ... it has been no hole-and-corner business . Romans ... they became fatuous in their argumentations . ... indeed , it is the straight-edge of the law that shows us how crooked we are . ... with undaunted faith ... ... rescued from the tyranny of change and decay . ... The truth is that we neither live noe die as self-contained units . 1 Corinthians ... the prudence of the prudent will I reject ... the Greeks an intellectual panacea ... to explode the pretensions of the things that are ... crossing the sea dry-shod ... it is not touchy ... at present all I know is a little fraction of the truth ... you have a monopoly of God's truth ?