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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414316801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414316802
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

What a great way to bring the bible to more people!
S. Roumas
My son is 10 and he really enjoyed seeing the Bible stories from the Manga perspective.
Julie Arduini
Beautifully written and expressed through this Manga style comic drawing.
Gabriel C.

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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Schurder on January 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
I must say, I was very impressed. Many are making an effort [which I appreciate] to be more culturally relevant by printing Christian Mangas, though I must say, most fail. This book more than succeeds. I work as an Assistant Youth Pastor with a bent towards the nerdier kids in our youth group [as I am a nerd myself] and this was great for it. Tells the story in a near flawless manner, appealing to the kids who like manga, while not really losing the heart of the narrative.

Minor Criticisms [none bad enough to lose any rating]:
- Names seemed unnecessarily swapped. More accurate to the names they would have had, but inevitably led to people asking me 'who' a character was if they didn't already know the story.
- Loses the emphasis that gospel writers put in their own gospels since it is a combination of them all, but worth the trade off to include the entire story IMO.
- Depicts all the characters as white... but can you really complain? So do almost all Japanese Mangas that take place in Japan.

Sorry for the long review, but hopefully it helps. Summary: if you have kids, students, or friends who are into manga, this is the best chance you will have to get them to read the story of Christ.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By S. Roumas on October 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
If your kids read graphic novels (comic books) and you would like them to read the bible, then give them this one. I didn't tell my 8 year old what it was, just left it on his floor near his bookcase (like I do with his Calvin & Hobbes, Batman, Fantastic 4, etc.....). He started reading it when he came home from school and I actually had to tell him to put it away to come down to dinner.

Wow! What a great way to bring the bible to more people!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Chad the Sith Lord on November 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I greatly enjoyed this presentation of the life of Jesus. Beautifully drawn this is a graphic representation of the life of Christ pulled from a combination of the accounts told by the four Gospels. As the story progresses scripture references from all four Gospels are given so that any interested readers can go right to the source.
This isn't a verse-by-verse retelling, it isn't intended to supplant reading the Bible, it's simply bringing the story to life through art.
For me, a Christian for 25 years, it served as a reminder that these were real events. Many movies covering these events try to do the same thing, but the flow of the story in this format works better. It helped me imagine what it would be like to be present as Jesus performed his miracles. I've enjoyed it as a lover of art, and it has blessed me as a Christian.
I don't follow manga specifically, but I've been a life-long fan of the art in comics and animation favoring the darker styles of Batman, Death Note, and Battle Angel (Gunnm Alita). I've often found myself stopping to just stare at the pictures in Manga Messiah for a while. The large image of Gabriel in particular blows me away. This is beautiful work!
If you've heard that this work promotes anti-Semitism, don't believe it. I respect Jewish culture to the point that I practice some of their traditions despite not being Jewish. Israel is my favorite place on Earth other than home, and I'd visit more often if I could. If I thought this work was in any way hateful to the Jews I would not support it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Julie Arduini on January 24, 2009
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I bought this as a last minute Christmas gift. My son enjoys Manga style things, but I wasn't sure how this would be. The reviews seemed favorable.

I never thought we'd receive the reaction we observed. Between family members this child received electronic gifts. Of all the "bells and whistles", we found him reading this book.

I'm so glad I got this. My son is 10 and he really enjoyed seeing the Bible stories from the Manga perspective.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. J. basch on July 30, 2009
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I will first admit that I have not read the entire book. I had it in my hands and I read a few chapters.
I have seen other manga or imitation manga and the artwork in this book is legit.

The artwork is very beautiful. I also love how they add little bits of humor here and there (when Jesus turned water to wine), that had me laughing outloud.

The message portrayed is authentic and is based on Scripture. It is almost like a commentary since it obviously cant have the Gospels line by line.

Take it for what it is: fun, great for kids, and art lovers.

Really breathes some emotion and imagination into the greatest story ever told.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was awsome!!!!When I first read it,It reallly changed my life now I am more into the bible!!!^3^I'm very into manga and anime because I started drawing it when I was 10 And now I am 12. I think Its perfect for kids my age!(perfect for teens and kids who love comics and manga drawwings!!)

So take it from me a 12 year old girl...Awsome!!!!!!>0<,^3^
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. Bennett on February 9, 2009
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I ordered this book for my grandchildren to read as I thought this format would be something they would be familiar with and enjoy reading. It tells the complete story of Jesus from his birth to his resurrection in colorful and exciting drawings. The artists have done a great job and the story adds a few comments you wont find in the Bible, but do not stray far away from the scriptures. This is a comic after all, not a scholarly work. I think teens and adults will enjoy reading it.
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