The Action Bible review
Sunday School – say goodbye to boring, and hello to The Action Bible.
Never has there been a more visually stimulating version of Holy Scripture. The main theme of the Bible – God’s redemption of mankind – is faithfully woven throughout this strikingly illustrated children’s Bible. This is no mere kids’ book, though: it’s irresistible appeal is instantly magnetic to children of all ages.
Every major Bible story, person and event has been represented, from Genesis to Revelation. Biblical history and themes have been shared in a simple and compelling way. A child can become a Bible scholar without even realizing it.
But let the images speak for themselves:
The atmosphere and tone of The Action Bible is evident even from the introduction which claims that “God is the original action hero.” The final page depicts Jesus Christ standing outside the door of a house, while the text asks the question, “Will you let Him in?”
Open to any page in between and you will be sucked in by the breathtaking illustrations. The Scripture references are listed at the beginning of each story for those who wish to read along in their regular, non-pictorial Bible.
I’ve seen The Action Bible captivate children as they read page after page, absorbing far more truth than they would have from another Bible. Parents will enjoy reading through the stories with their children, thrilling to every exciting event, and discussing the impact on their lives today.
I heartily recommend The Action Bible for anyone third grade and older.
5 out of 5 real comic strip super heroes
The Action Bible
By David C. Cook (Author), Doug Mauss (Editor), Sergio Cariello (Illustrator)
Age Range: 9 – 15 years
Grade Level: 4 and up
Hardcover: 752 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (September 1, 2010)
WHY The Action Bible REVIEW?
I saw The Action Bible in a bookstore and was instantly hooked, so I asked David C. Cook Publishers if I could have a copy to review and they graciously sent me one.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
“Sergio Cariello was born in Brazil in 1964 and started drawing as soon as could hold a pencil. At the age of five, he already knew that he wanted to be a cartoonist. And so did everyone else–he drew on church bulletins, napkins, and every surface wtihin his reach. He currently resides in Holiday, Florida.
“Sergio has worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics. He attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art as well as the Word of Life Bible Institute in upstate New York.
“In February, 2006, he was contacted by David C. Cook to gauge his interest in a new project; completely re-illustrating Cook’s classic Picture Bible. What David C. Cook couldn’t know is that Sergio had grown up in Brazil with a Portuguese translation of that very same Picture Bible. He was reading the Picture Bible before he learned to ride a bike! Even though he knew as a kid that he wanted to be a comic artist, he never would have dreamed that he would one day get to work on the Picture Bible itself!” (from his bio)
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Do you think The Action Bible will increase Bible readership among kids, or does it somehow cheapen the message of God’s holy Word?
(The Action Bible review followup question)