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Adventure Bible Handbook: A Wild Ride Through the Bible Hardcover – October 12, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Series: Adventure Bible
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (October 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310725755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310725756
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robin Schmitt has written several books for children and adults, including The Adventure Bible Handbook, The NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions, Married for Life, 101 Amazing Things About Heaven, and The 100 Most Important Bible Verses for Men. Robin has a passion for inspiring readers of all ages toward spiritual maturity and childlike faith. He lives in Michigan with his wife and three children.  Robin blogs at www.robinschmitt.com



David Frees has worked as an editor and content developer for more than twelve years. He enjoys walking in the woods, reading, and playing with the newest digital gadget...especially if it's made by Apple. He lives with his wife Monica and two children, Joshua and Hannah, in the Grand Rapids area.


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Robin Schmitt has been a writer and editor for nearly twenty years. Robin has a passion for using his gift for writing to inspire readers of all ages toward spiritual maturity and childlike faith. He lives in Michigan with his wife and three children.

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I absolutely recommend this book to any parent of tween aged children.
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The fun adventure through the Bible is a way that will make learning it easier.
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This book covers the most important people, places, and events of the Bible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debbie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"Adventure Bible Handbook" is a Bible overview combined with some comic book, time-travel action. It's a companion to the "Adventure Bible" by Zondervan, which I think is a real Bible with kid-friendly study inserts. Since this book is mostly a summary of the Bible, I'm not certain why it's needed if the child has a kid's study Bible as well. It seemed more like a book to use to get a child who doesn't know the Bible interested in reading the full stories in the Bible.

The comic book part is a story about some kids trying to find their father by, of all things, taking a time-traveling tour of the Holy Land. Lucky for them, he's time-traveling, too. The main focus, though, seems to be their seeing events from the Bible so they will decide to follow Christ at the end.

As they travel through events taken from each book of the Bible, the reader is given a summary of that event or book in text above the comic section. Some events are illustrated using comic-book style and others by using pictures of modern-day remains or of paintings previously done of the event. There are some maps, Bible facts, and cultural background information, but mainly it's a summary of the main events of the Bible.

Despite the theme of traveling through time, they generally didn't mention dates. I think this was smart idea because a lot of dates are under dispute. They treated Genesis as real history, and this is one area where they didn't mention dates.

I did notice some minor errors, like page 26, "In Old Testament Times, the oldest son inherited everything." (The firstborn sons inherited a double portion, but not everything.) The information also seemed a bit simplistic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Harwell Sayler on October 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
With a colorful cartoon-strip format highly appealing to middle-grade readers, this Bible handbook weaves an Indiana Jones-like story into a tour of Bible days, ways, people, and places. Color illustrations range from photographs of the Nile River and the mummified body of King Tut to Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting of The Last Supper with a sidebar on the adjacent page to tell about the actual Passover feast Jesus celebrated with His disciples. This highly recommended handbook also includes Bible verses and such important lists as The Ten Commandments and the names and bios of each apostle. For a longer review, see the Bible Review blog article - [...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Reinhard VINE VOICE on April 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Now that my oldest, who's nine and in the third grade, is an avid reader, I'm always on the lookout for ways to introduce her to Bible stories, again and again. So when the Adventure Bible Handbook, by Robin Schmitt & David Frees (Zondervan, 2013) came my way, I was thrilled.

I was even more thrilled by the way my nine-year-old took off with it and carried it around with her. Dare I hope that this might rate up there with the Magic Treehouse books?

There are a few things I really, really liked about this book.

It's pretty. The illustrations are reminiscent of what's in all the graphic novels that my daughter loves and the text is informative without being borrrrrring. You'll find beautiful maps in addition to the cartoonish stuff, photographs of Bible places, and paintings/illustrations that depict other aspects of Biblical life.

The pages are full-color semi-gloss and it's a hardbound book. While that makes the price higher, it also makes it a book that will last. And that's a priority for me, because I want my other kids to enjoy it too.

This is a way of making the Bible fun. The Word of God is the most important text we have, right? But...it's not always the easiest or most accessible text. That makes a book like this something I'm glad to have sitting around. Though I don't find the graphic novel stuff the easiest to narrate aloud to my younger kids, the many sidebars and extra stuff give it layers

Did I mention there's not just one index, but three (and possibly four, depending on how you categorize things)? My kids may never use it, but the mom scholar in me loves that. There's a guide to reading the Bible, a scripture index, a subject index, and an image guide.

All in all, I'm glad to have it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tabatha Chovanetz on December 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My kids love the color pages and the comic strip format. I have a son and a daughter and they both enjoyed reading it. The nice thing? They picked it up on their own and wanted to read it! Children love that the book is full of adventures and characters and parents will love that they are reading the Bible and learning the truth of God's word! It's a win-win for all!

The characters are funny and provide much comic relief while your child will learn archaeology, geography, vocabulary and will be provided with a reading guide at the back of the Bible, a scripture and a subject index is included as well as photographs of places around the world. And as mentioned, how could you not love them learning from God's word?!

The book is high quality, easy to understand and will give your kids an interesting taste of Biblical times; it will definitely keep their attention! Great for your home library or to give as a gift.
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