I was asked by David C Cook to take a look at their Action Bible and write a review. They gave me a copy of all four books in the series. I was surprised not only with the opportunity, but also by the the quality of the materials they sent. The illustrations and presentation of all of the books in the Action Bible series would rival any of the popular comic books on the market.
When the box arrived I got to see the Action Bible, the Action Bible New Testament, Action Bible Devotional, and the Action Bible Handbook. My first impression was “how cool are these!”, but I also realize I am not the target audience for these books. I showed them to my daughter, who kind of liked them but wasn’t really impressed, but she is also not the target audience. She said that she thinks boys would like them. So I got an idea.
I took the books to church with me and asked the boys there. When you think about it, it really doesn’t matter too much for me to tell you how much I like them (which I do—very much). What matters is what the boys think.
The truth is, they loved them too. I showed the books to the boys last Sunday morning. They ranged in age from 6-11 years old.
Some of the comments I got were:
This looks cool! I love comic books.
I really like this. This is like my comic books at home
Yes, I would read a bible like this. It is just like reading a comic.
I heard the same comments over and over. The comic book format was a huge hit with the boys. These books could be a way to motivate the boys you know to read the Bible, since the conversations and stories in the comics are inspired by actual scriptures.
Some things I loved about these books:
- high quality illustrations
- scripture inspired dialogue
- mass appeal with elementary boys
Do you have an action bible? What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know
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