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The Action Bible Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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15 amazing stories, 350 beautiful, new illustrations
The Action Storybook Bible invites families with children ages 8 and under explore God’s redemptive story together and serves as a great entry point into the world of The Action Bible.
The most complete picture Bible ever
Here’s the most complete picture Bible ever! And it features a captivating, up-to-date artwork style making it the perfect Bible for today’s visually focused culture.
See God in action in this illustrated study Bible
What do you get when you combine the trusted English Standard Version with illustrations from Marvel comic artist Sergio Cariello? An amazing study Bible that brings God's Word to life for kids and teens.
An Amazing Translation + Incredible Art & Study Features
The NIV Action Study Bible helps preteens build a strong foundation of faith to last a lifetime.
|The Action Storybook Bible||The Action Bible||The Action Bible Study Bible ESV||The NIV Action Study Bible|
|Age Range||Ages 4 - 8||Ages 9 - 12||Ages 9 and Up||Ages 9 and Up|
|Pages||256 Pages||752 Pages||1,248 Pages||1,248 Pages|
|Interior Style||Larger Images with Single Text Block||Graphic Novel with Comic-Style Text||Full ESV Text Bible with Award-Winning Study Bible Features||The Best-Loved Bible Translation with ECPA 2016 Award-Winning Study Bible Features|
|Number of Stories||15 Key Episodes, each with several stories||215 Fast-Paced Narratives||Full Text Bible||Full Text Bible|
|Other Cool Features||Life, Faith, Action! Section; Heroes Hall of Fame Visual Index; Visual Sound Effects||Chronological story order for easier understanding||Ancient Archives; Experience the Drama; What About This?; Unlock It!; Guess It!; Activate; Book Introductions; Maps; A Dictionary and More||Ancient Archives; Experience the Drama; What About This?; Unlock It!; Guess It!; Activate; Book Introductions; Maps; A Dictionary and More|
About the Author
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!
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📍 Are there enough stories? Incredible number of stories (over 200)--this thing is THICK and solid. I'm surprised this isn't a $50-70 book.
📍 Message content: Is it accurate? I liken this Bible to "The Message," in that it's a paraphrase. Really I am ashamed there are some who claim this Bible "isn't detailed" enough or doesn't represent the Bible... that's because it's not the Bible. Similar to the Sistine Chapel, it explains Biblical truths in an engaging, dramatic, and artistic way that is relevant to our culture's art-form (i.e. graphic novels). In the same way it would be unfair to see the Sistine Chapel and complain how Michelangelo painted Cane and Able in the nude. It's an artistic interpretation. But yes, it can and will definitely get people closer to God, in the same way our great Christian artists move and inspire people towards God using their artistic talents. That said, it's not a replacement for the Bible. But an awesome tool nonetheless. Get it!
📍 Are the illustrations to graphic? No, they're tastefully done. Actually considering the Bible's rather violent history, there should be a lot more blood. But there's not. I'd rate this PG depending on the maturity of your child and his/her understanding of Biblical text.
📍 Who's this for? I'm 29 years old (Theology Major too), and I love it. Perfect for teenagers or kids you're looking to get hooked on Biblical studies. Buy several and give them away as gifts!
📍 Bottom line: would I recommend this product to one of my friends?
👍 Yes, absolutely.
So, just remember, this isn't just for kids but all people... from young to old. I guarantee you won't regret it.
Now, I was more than a little curious when I saw a 1 Star review complaining about "inappropriate content", so after flipping through the pages, I think I have a fair perspective. See, there is, in fact, a scene from King David's story, (I believe,) in which the bad guy has hung himself, and there is a silhouette of a man hanging from a tree. (This is not the only hanging in the Bible, but it's the only one I've seen in this book, thus far.) There are also several battle scenes, but nothing that could rival modern, daytime television, and certainly nothing that does the true stories for the scripture any justice for gore, violence, or sex. There's no nakedness, (which boggles me,) and the battles are more than safe for the underage palate. No burning babies, no sexual assaults, Bathsheba never gets naked, etc. In fact, they seem to have left out the entire story of King Saul, (younger) David, and the 400 Philistine foreskins. Even the animal sacrifices are PG.
I suppose my philosophy is that if you're trying to shelter your child from sex and violence, no Bible is right for them, but if you're looking for a tamed down version, (a kiddie-pool of sorts,) this Bible story collection is excellent. It dances around the risque issues, without stealing too much integrity from the whole story of Grace.
And if you want something more "adult content", I do suggest reading through an actual certified translation of Holy Writ.
So while I knew this edition, containing the full text of the ESV, would not also be solid artwork, I was a little sad to see only 40 pages of graphic novel art in the entire Bible. There are then 8 pages of maps.
The study aspect of the Bible is light in content, and context. It has little blurbs and insets throughout the Bible. They utilize conversational-style, modern language and terminology. So that was done very well, but do not expect the same level of material that you would normally find in a study Bible. The font is approx 6pt, so rather small. I don't usually have a hard time reading things, even my tiny 2x3 pocket bibles, but for some reason I do this. But I doubt the target demographic will have such issues. The text pages are thicker than onion skin and I do not find problems with ghosting.
We purchased this in both the hardcover and the imitation leather. The hardback has the graphic novel design on the outside (so that is cool); the imitation leather is plain with embossed titling. The gilt on the purple version we received was silver, which looks awesome. I really like the size and feel of this bible in hand (imitation leather version). If it weren't for the small font, it would probably become one of my go-to Bibles. All in all, while I wish it had a lot more of Sergio's artwork, this a great, nice-quality Bible that I think anyone tween-level and older can enjoy.