31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2012
I previously reviewed The Action Bible and gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars but it's steadily grown on me. You can see some of my positive comments below.
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.
For me that's huge because I want my kids to know the importance and primacy of the Word of God while also being able to enjoy illustrated Bible stories. I can start each section with "This is based off of this Bible story from Luke 1. Let's look at that real quick" and then delve into the illustrated story it helps convey that truth. Also, the stories seemed more faithful to the Biblical narrative then some other Bible stories we have tried out. Again this conveys an important truth about the Word of God.
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.
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:
x-ray vision (short thought connecting with gospel story)
Mission (three fun activities to make the story tangible)
Mission Accomplished (Notes, etc)
Share the Adventure (Ideas for involvement)
Big Picture (Creative Page to write, draw, or add to devotional)
It's not your typical devotional because it's so interactive. Unless you're just a complete bore there's no way your kids won't enjoy this. Have fun with it. Explore. Create. Apply. Celebrate the creativity of God within the pages of The Action Bible Devotional.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
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At first glance, this devotional is great! I would say that it will especially peek the interest of tweens who are enthralled with comics, drawings, and/or colorful pictures. I would agree with the other reviewers in that it is a paraphrased version. How could it not be when you are drawing comics, right? Unfortunately, I returned the copy that I purchased for my 10-year-old daughter (who LOVES her Action Bible) because the "stories" in it are the exact same stories that are in the Action Bible. A few were chosen and put together to make this devotional with a few pages of devotional questions, suggestions, and places to draw responses added. I bought it in hopes to capture the attention of my daughter and interest her in spending some time alone with the Lord. For a child who as already read through her comic Bible cover to cover twice, I thought it was a sure hit. But, seeing as there is nothing new to read or glean here, I didn't feel that it was worth the money.
Having said that, if you do not already have the Action Bible itself, this would be a great investment for devotional purposes. Your kids are sure to love it!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2012
God gave us His Word and It is good.
It is wonderful.
It is hard to understand.
Especially, for pre-teens! Because, let's face it -- they really don't want ANOTHER list of ambiguous do's and don'ts -- they want an application. Something they can do now. They need to SEE how it applies to them.
`The Action Bible Devotional' ties it all together. It takes the Words of God, adds some awesome graphics, gives the reader a mission, ignites their thoughts, and guides them through their walk with God. All of that in one easy to enjoy book that's great for even your reluctant reader.
What I liked: I loved that, because it's essentially a comic, my son didn't realize exactly how much he was reading. He loved the graphics and really started to read the Bible for himself. The missions were absolutely applicable to his pre-teen life and really helped him to better understand the full realm of what God is and has done. The best part? It's a weekly devotional so that when life gets busy he didn't feel like he'd failed when he got behind a day or two.
What I didn't like: Honestly, I really enjoyed it but more traditional families/people aren't going to like that it's essentially a comic book with God's Words added nor will they like that it uses a newer translation than King James.
Grade: A+ -- I bought it for my son!!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2012
I'm always looking for something to read with my kids, especially during the evenings. Over the years, I've tried several children's bibles, kids devotionals, regular Bible and the like. Recently, I started going through The Action Bible Devotional (published by David Cook) with my nine-year-old son. The publisher states that, "The Action Bible Devotional pairs selected stories from the bestselling Action Bible with spiritual lessons and action-adventure missions that launch kids' faith into everyday life. Covering themes such as friendship, temptation, sibling rivalry, self-esteem, and materialism, The Action Bible Devotional offers a year's worth of activities, questions, and ideas that will keep young readers engaged with the Bible every day."
Me and my son are a few weeks into it...
The images are engaging, the summation narrative used for the various stories is concise and good. I particularly like the devotional reflections at the end of each selected reading. The questions are comprehendible and applicable for my nine-year-old. We've already had several good conversations (and prayer times) regarding various stories in Scripture and how they can be applied to his own life. I look forward to the future moments we'll have together as we continue to work through it...
I only wish there were 365 devotions to go with the Action Bible, rather than merely 52 (one for each week). We are currently going through 2-3 devotions a week and using the other nights to engage other readings/Scriptures/etc...
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2012
This is a perfect companion volume to the very illustrative Action Bible. In this devotional, Jones continues the very engaging colour and vivid pictures to pique the interest of young readers. It turns a rather plain Bible text into life, visually. Meant to hook the short-term attention span of kids, it immediately keeps readers glued to the overall flow of the story. Based on the belief that a picture speaks a thousand words, this book is generous with diagrams, pictures, and looks like manga for Christians. Meant to be used once a week, it can also be used as frequently as needed.
Each "adventure" begins with an illustrated story followed by a key verse from the passage where the story was taken from. Some modern examples are then introduced as "X-Ray vision," to see spiritual lessons amid ordinary life. In the "mission," three questions are raised to help readers apply the lessons to their daily lives. In the "debrief," readers are invited to interact with what they learn, their feelings, and their responses to the adventure. Finally, there is a call for readers to go beyond mere intellectual understanding to wider sharing of what they have learned.
I must admit that I was attracted by the colour and the lively figures in the book. I call it more of a book rather than a "bible" because it is more of an interpretation and paraphrasing of selected Bible stories. There is little context given, and the lessons have all been done on behalf of the reader. In fact, adult readers may find the whole book very directive, strongly worded guidance for young minds. Those of us who are educators may not be comfortable with things already done on our behalf. Yet, given the age group that the Action Bible is targeted at, I can understand why. The intent is to get children excited to WANT to read the Bible more for themselves. That said, the stories chosen tend to be those that are generally agreed and understood. For personal devotional reading, I can recommend this book more as a supplement rather than the main course. It needs not only the Action Bible companion, but also the actual Bible itself. Understandably, children may not be able to stomach heavy diets. Thus, if there is a parent or an adult who can guide the reading, that will be most helpful. Another way to use this is in the Sunday School. The questions posed in the book are immediately useful for teachers to engage children in a lively discussion. If this book can encourage young readers to desire to read more of the Bible, it would have worth every cent.
Rating: 4 stars of 5.
This book is provided to me free by David C. Cook and NetGalley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Let me just tell you right off the bat that I loved these books so much, I've already ordered The Action Bible! My hands are just itching in excitement to get a hold of it. ;)
This book is set up as a 52 week study. It's most recommended for 8-13 years olds, and I agree, but I still think it could help older children, too. It's great for a boy OR girl, but I do think boys will connect with it more. The devotions for each week include a summary of a Bible event, in comic book style. It always included what book and chapter(s) the story is taken from. There's a "Key Verse", an "X-Ray Vision" section, which is a lesson that can be taken from the story. There's a "Your Mission" section, which includes challenges for the reader. "Your Debrief" asks some questions that will get the reader thinking. "Mission Accomplished" makes the reader think about what he/she has taken way from that week's lesson. Some lessons include a section to encourage reaching out in some way or a section to draw and/or write. It's part devotional and part journal. You could easily use this as a family book and pass along to each person with a notebook to write in OR actually use it as an individual study/journal/diary.
The devotional part is written by Jeremy V. Jones. I recognize his name AND his writing style from the Triple Dog Dare: One Year of Dynamic Devotions for Boys. I passed that devotional on to one of my nephews.
Is every story in this book perfect? No, of course not! Nothing written by man is, and I do *not* recommend letting the stories in this book replace, in any way, God's inspired written Word! As a supplement to reading THE Bible, I think this is an **amazing** study tool! I truly think that's what it was developed for...a study tool. So many people out there are visual learners, and this is a wonderful gateway to help those people understand many events from The Bible. As I read through this devotional, I gained a better understanding of many of those events. There were things that I didn't remember, and I would go back to the original story in The Bible and refresh my memory. There were stories that I didn't overly like the rephrasing or interpretation. As with ALL Bible related books written by man, just use your Bible knowledge and best judgement to know what to leave and what to take. I have a pretty low tolerance for changes made to Bible events, and I still feel perfectly safe recommending this book to you.
Overall, this gets a *highly* recommended from me!
*I was provided a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As I have said before in other reviews, finding the right medium to encourage your kiddos to read is very important and in the case of encouraging your children to read the Bible it is even more so. With The Action Bible, I think they might have found something to use as a great tool for both getting a start into reading and truly learning the content of the Bible. I have yet to see the actual The Action Bible, but I hope to after my introduction through The Action Bible: New Testament and this book, The Action Bible Devotional. This is a one-year devotional with a section to go over per week that covers over selected stories from the creation and Eden with Adam and Eve to Jesus and the resurrection and even into Revelations. There is not however a table of contents.
One very cool thing I noted on the copyright page is that the "text [was] printed on 100% recycled paper" and that is another check in the fabulous column. I actually prefer the paper used in the devotional over that of the New Testament as the NT one is more glossy and catches the light (much as I remember with textbooks...).
The pages are alternating with light and dark backgrounds and the images hold a vast array of colors bringing the stories to life off the page. At the end of each story section is a page that labels the week and has some interaction just right and appropriate for your reader. My assumption would be for any kid from perhaps second grade to eighth but perhaps even older for one that truly enjoys comics and graphic novels. This one is more on the side of a comic book than a graphic novel, but I think it could be appreciated by fans of both. Back to the end of the week sections. There is a breakdown with a key verse, application to daily life, suggested activities, discussion questions, and places to write and draw. Very interactive.
The Action Bible Devotional could be perfect for a kid on their own, but could also be used in a group Bible study (with each participant having their on copy). I'm sure plenty a child would think that would be awesome. While I lean toward thinking this would be most well received by boys, I'm fairly certain that many a girl would be fascinated as well. It's full of adventure and interaction to really get an imagination into high gear. The purpose obviously is to encourage the reader to take this as an invitation to get their Bible out, no matter what version that may be and read more in the story after getting a taste in the images and text here.
Very interestingly the devotion writer, Jeremy V. Jones also wrote the Triple Dog Dare devotional that I looked at and loved earlier this year. And the illustrator Sergio Cariello has also worked with DC Comics and Marvel Comics, who better would know how to illustrate to bring in the interest?! What a fabulous gift idea for your comic book kiddo.
*Thanks to David C. Cook for providing a copy for review.*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2014
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"The Action Bible Devotional pairs selected stories from The Action Bible with spiritual lessons and action-adventure missions in a 52-week devotional that launches kids’ faith into everyday life. Whether they’re drawing their own Bible story comics, dreaming up a list of life goals, or reaching out to a lonely kid at school, kids will say goodbye to Bible boredom with daily readings and activities based on the intersection of Scripture and a middle schooler’s everyday reality. Ideal for readers ages nine to twelve, this hands-on guidebook takes faith off the page and sets it in motion for every young reader looking for a new spiritual adventure."
on August 11, 2013
Jeremy V. Jones in his new book "The Action Bible Devotional" published by David C. Cook gives us 52 Weeks of God-Inspired Adventure.
From the back cover: Looking for adventure?
With eye-popping comic illustrations and a week's worth of activities for each Bible story, this one-year devotional gives you real-life ways to meet with God and live out his spiritual adventure every day.
Every week's story includes:
· Key Verse--a highlight from the story you just read
· X-Ray Vision--thoughts to connect the story with your life
· Your Mission--three ideas to put the themes into action
· Your Debrief--three questions to spark some brain cells
· Mission Accomplished--your place to make notes
It's all about faith in action as you dive into life knowing God is with you. So get ready to read, draw, doodle, create, pray, and discover. The adventure awaits!
Why do we need a new daily devotional? Well first off it is the only devotional with illustrations by Sergio Cariello. Most of us need help to focus our attention. There are so many things that vie for our attention and we juggle so many that, sometimes, we lose sight of what really is important. So we need this devotional to help calm and center us. We can use this in the morning to help focus us on God and His plans for us rather than our plans for the day. We can use this in the afternoon to help re-energize us when the activities of the day have drained us of our energy. We can use this in the evening when we are weary from the world's battering and we need rest and peace in God. "The Action Bible Devotional" is not a time-consuming read. Each devotional starts with a story from The Action Bible, then Key Verse (a highlight from the story you just read), X-Ray Vision (thoughts to connect the story with your life), Your Mission (three ideas to put the themes into action), Your Debrief (three questions to spark some brain cells) and Mission Accomplished (your place to make notes). They are only a few pages in length but they are oh so helpful to properly channel our energies in the right direction. If we use these daily devotionals correctly we will all be the better for it.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from David C. Cook. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
on December 11, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is a companion volume to the illustrative," Action Bible"
The Action Bible Devotional: 52 Weeks of God-Inspired Adventure pairs selected stories from the bestselling Action Bible with spiritual lessons and action-adventure missions that launch kids' faith into everyday life. Covering themes such as friendship, temptation, sibling rivalry, self-esteem and materialism, The Action Bible Devotional offers a year's worth of activities, questions and ideas that will keep young readers engaged with the Bible every day.
Each "adventure" begins with an illustrated story. At the end of each Bible story you have a, "Key Verse" from the passage where the story was taken from. Next a life application section which they call the "X-Ray Vision" to help you see the context of the Bible and apply it your daily life and walk with Jesus.
The next page is followed by, "Your Mission" Which challenges the reader with three questions to help readers apply the lessons to their daily lives. "Your Debrief" section asks the readers some thought provoking question to what they learn, how they feel, and their responses to apply this application to their daily walk. Finally, it ends with, "Mission Accomplished" Which focuses on what you learned and remembered.
I have to say that this is a vivid Bible devotion with lots of colors. My children love this devotional and it excited to read it.
It definitely paraphrases the Biblical stories. The author did what they intended to do with the vivid pictures to get the interest of young readers. It turns the Bible text into life.
I was attracted by the colorful illustrated figures in the book. I call it more of a book rather than a "bible" because it is more of an interpretation and paraphrasing of selected Bible stories. There is little context given, and the lessons have all been done on behalf of the reader. The Biblical stories leave out a lot of info. I am okay with that if it gets young readers interested in reading the Bible by themselves.
This devotional can stand alone by itself without the "Action Bible" I was impressed with this book. I have the digital version that I received for review purposes. My only downfall is that I would rather have this as a print copy rather than a digital edition. I think it would be much more impressive in print.
I would definitely recommend this for anyone who has a child that loves graphic, colorful, and illustrated stories. Or maybe you're looking for a new way to introduce the Bible to a child. This devotional will do it. This will excite any child about God's word.
This e-book has been provided to me my by Netgalley free of charge and in no way was I asked to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.