The Action Bible: New Testament and Devotional

Genres: General Non Fiction

The Action Bible: New Testament by Sergio Cariello
Genre: Children’s Comic Book Bible
Pages: 240 Paperback 10.2 x 6.6
Date Published: March 1st, 2012
Publisher: David C. Cook

The truth and power of God’s Word comes vividly to life in a high-quality, full-color, graphic-novel style New Testament especially for today’s visually focused culture.

In this New Testament edition of the bestselling Bible,The Action Bible, kids ages 9 to12, and adults who love graphic novels, encounter scripture in a fresh way as the people, events, and emotions it shares are visualized in 67 New Testament stories. Sergio Cariello offers years of talent and expertise as a graphic novel illustrator for top comic book companies to create contemporary art that speaks to children today. And careful attention to scriptural accuracy ensures a complete and trustworthy biblical overview. It provides a meaningful way for parents, grandparents, teachers, and church ministries to spark a connection with and love for God’s Word.

Recommended to Margaret by: Karen Stoller
Read on November 26, 2012 — I own a copy

I’m coming into this review after having just finished organizing my thoughts on The Action Bible Devotional, I have not yet gotten my hands on The Action Bible. As I have said before in other reviews, finding the right medium to encourage your kiddos to read is very important and in the case of encouraging your children to read the Bible it is even more so. With The Action Bible, I think they might have found something to use as a great tool for both getting a start into reading and truly learning the content of the Bible.

Gladly in this New Testament there is a table of contents, which a reader does not have in the Devotional. There is even a dedication/gift page in the front making this a perfect gift. While the pages in this New Testament are a bit glossy and reflect the light it is not too much that takes away the enjoyment of reading by any bit. The pages within here are done mostly with a dark background, filled with colors and light where appropriate bringing the images and illustrations to life off the page.

This book would really work for anyone who enjoys comic books. My assumption would be for any kid from perhaps second grade to eighth but perhaps even older for one that truly enjoys comics and graphic novels. This one is more on the side of a comic book than a graphic novel, but I think it could be appreciated by fans of both (and even adults).

How many times might your reader have either read or heard the stories of the Bible to have them fall flat and be unimpressed. The illustrations with text in this New Testament can bring the stories to life in small chapter portions. Give those Bible characters from the New Testament a face . Discover a starting board to encourage a reader into the story and perhaps go further into reading their own Bible in any format to learn more. I think that this is a great gospel tool for the right audience, boy or girl.

*Thanks to David C. Cook for providing a copy for review.*

The Action Bible: Devotional by Sergio Cariello and Jeremy V. Jones
52 Weeks of God-Inspired Adventure
Genre: Children’s Comic Book Bible
Pages: 336 Paperback 10.2 x 6.6
Date Published: September 1st, 2012
Publisher: David C. Cook

The Action Bible Devotional pairs selected stories from the bestselling Action Bible with spiritual lessons and action-adventure missions that launch kids’ faith into everyday life. Covering themes such as friendship, temptation, sibling rivalry, self-esteem, and materialism, The Action Bible Devotional offers a year’s worth of activities, questions, and ideas that will keep young readers engaged with the Bible every day.

http://theactionbible.com/

Recommended to Margaret by: Karen Stoller
Read from September 20 to November 26, 2012 — I own a copy

As I have said before in other reviews, finding the right medium to encourage your kiddos to read is very important and in the case of encouraging your children to read the Bible it is even more so. With The Action Bible, I think they might have found something to use as a great tool for both getting a start into reading and truly learning the content of the Bible. I have yet to see the actual The Action Bible, but I hope to after my introduction through The Action Bible: New Testament and this book, The Action Bible Devotional. This is a one-year devotional with a section to go over per week that covers over selected stories from the creation and Eden with Adam and Eve to Jesus and the resurrection and even into Revelations. There is not however a table of contents.

One very cool thing I noted on the copyright page is that the “text [was] printed on 100% recycled paper” and that is another check in the fabulous column. I actually prefer the paper used in the devotional over that of the New Testament as the NT one is more glossy and catches the light (much as I remember with textbooks…).

The pages are alternating with light and dark backgrounds and the images hold a vast array of colors bringing the stories to life off the page. At the end of each story section is a page that labels the week and has some interaction just right and appropriate for your reader. My assumption would be for any kid from perhaps second grade to eighth but perhaps even older for one that truly enjoys comics and graphic novels. This one is more on the side of a comic book than a graphic novel, but I think it could be appreciated by fans of both. Back to the end of the week sections. There is a breakdown with a key verse, application to daily life, suggested activities, discussion questions, and places to write and draw. Very interactive.

The Action Bible Devotional could be perfect for a kid on their own, but could also be used in a group Bible study (with each participant having their on copy). I’m sure plenty a child would think that would be awesome. While I lean toward thinking this would be most well received by boys, I’m fairly certain that many a girl would be fascinated as well. It’s full of adventure and interaction to really get an imagination into high gear. The purpose obviously is to encourage the reader to take this as an invitation to get their Bible out, no matter what version that may be and read more in the story after getting a taste in the images and text here.

Very interestingly the devotion writer, Jeremy V. Jones also wrote the Triple Dog Dare devotional that I looked at and loved earlier this year. And the illustrator Sergio Cariello has also worked with DC Comics and Marvel Comics, who better would know how to illustrate to bring in the interest?! What a fabulous gift idea for your comic book kiddo.

*Thanks to David C. Cook for providing a copy for review.*

An award-winning journalist, Jeremy V. Jones is the author of numerous books, including Triple Dog Dare. Jeremy was the senior associate editor of Breakaway magazine for ten years and currently contributes to magazines such as Thriving Family, Clubhouse, and Christianity Today. Jeremy lives with his wife and their two children in Colorado. Illustrator Sergio Cariello has worked for DC Comics and Marvel Comics. He attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts and Word of Life Bible Institute. He resides in Florida, with his wife Luzia.

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The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.

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