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The Action Bible

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The Action Bible" is a comic-book style picture Bible for children ages 5-8, though older children will also enjoy it. I'd personally call this book Biblical fiction rather than "a Bible" since extra-Biblical comments, commentary, and historical information was worked into the book's summary of Biblical events. Also, some Biblical events were left out. Sexual content and gore was largely smoothed over (using euphemism or implication) or skipped entirely.

Last, I received a copy of The Action Bible Devotional. It stands alone but could also work in tandem with the The Action Bible. The devotional takes 52 Bible stories and provides application and insight for everyday life. They are fun and build up. It’s also not an overwhelming devotional because it’s meant to be used once a week. I can envision using it to jump start our every day family worship because it gives great questions and activities. After each story you’ll have: I was also very impressed by the vivid, detailed illustrations. The illustrator did an excellent job of correctly showing the character's age, ethnicity, and culture. The illustrations were a lot more accurate than other Children's Bibles I've seen. I have two young kids and so I’m always on the look out for illustrated stories and Bibles. My oldest loves to read books and we supplement our family Bible reading time with another illustrated Bible. What I like about The Action Bible was that it rooted its narrative in Scripture. Each section had a subheading with “based on” and then the Scripture reference. That tells me the writer know that their book is a supplement to the Bible and not a replacement.

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As long as parents don't neglect teaching the actual Bible, "The Action Bible" is an excellent foundational overview of the Bible that children simply aren't getting any other place, including at church. I'd highly recommend this "Action Bible" for use with elementary aged children instead of children's story books. The Bible was awarded best children’s Bible in 2011 by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) www.christianretailing.com/index.php/... perhaps due to the efforts of award-winning DC and Marvel comic’s illustrator, Sergio Cariello. Doug Mauss, General Editor believes children are the “…next generation of difference-makers.” He wants them to understand Bible stories are about imperfect people, just as you and I are imperfect, yet God used them in spite of their imperfections. And, best of all, children really will read this book without prompting by their parents. I'm testing it on two boys (ages 5 & 10). The report for day 1 is that whenever they weren't running around, they were looking at this Bible. In the original review, I said I was unsure if I enjoyed the illustrations but as I said they’ve grown on me and my oldest daughter loves to read out of this storybook. If I were rating The Action Bible today I would give it four out of five stars. Excellent work and you’ll love it more if you appreciate classic comic book art.

As a seminary graduate who studied the original languages, I am not closed to new Bible translations. I appreciate a wide variety of Bibles, including the Geneva Bible, King James, NKJV, ESV, NIV, NASB, NLT etc. However, when I do come across a new Bible translation, I evaluate it based on its usability and faithfulness to the original text. However, like most children's storybooks, the stories in "The Action Bible" were only "based on" the Bible. The author always indicated "based on Judges 16:1-20" or whatever verses and, overall, did a good job accurately summarizing the Bible accounts. But the author's interpretation is a part of the text. Those highly familiar with the Bible are likely to come across several places where they won't precisely agree with the wording used--or they'll wish that some point that was omitted or implied was more clearly stated. But, again, that's usually true. The Action Bible targets juveniles ages eight and up with the look and feel of a graphic novel, from its kid-friendly artwork to its comic book style dialog boxes with easy-to-understand language. Because of that it doesn’t follow a specific Bible translation, such as NIV, HSCB or King James. Instead the comic book style format simply tells over 200 Bible stories without further explanation.

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