Not to be believed. That's the first phrase that comes to mind when I think of the Good News Bible.
There have been many translation travesties that have come into being in an effort to make the Bible, a very old book feel new and full of life. (Mind you, I think it is full of life. Stuffing "fake" life into it, however, results in horrible things...).
While some claim that the New International Version is one such, the Good News Bible is in a league of its own. At least that's how I remember it. As a small child in the 1970's, I remember seeing the Good News Bible in a drawer in my parent's house. I'd like to note in passing that it was always in the drawer. I don't remember them ever taking it out.
The cover showed happy youthful people in bell bottomed jeans, 70's styled hair, and used a psuedo psychedelic font.
The language sounded like it had been spoken by a teenager of the same era. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating, but it still sounds dated. Dig one out of the nearest garbage dump and check it out.
And have a groovy time.