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Adventure Bible Handbook: A Wild Ride Through the Bible Hardcover – October 12, 2013
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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
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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.
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. I'd think that church kids in their tweens would already understand what sin is or could tackle what the Ten Commandments really are instead of a modified, modernized version for young kids. But if you're looking for a fast summary of the Bible "spiced up" with the addition of a comic book adventure, then this does the job well enough.
I received this book as a review copy through Booksneeze.com.
The book is basically a big comic book where the main characters go back in time to over 70 Bible stories! They also share important tidbits about the characters and the places they visit, which I feel make the story come to life for a child. Also included are various maps which give great examples of where the stories took place, a Bible reading guide, The Apostles' Creed, Scripture Index, Subject Index and Image Guide.
In no way do I think this book should replace a child's Bible, but I do believe that it is a fantastic way for a child to learn about God and the Bible. This book introduces a fun way of learning with colorful pictures and fun characters, that my 7 year old just loved! She has been taking this book to bed every night and reading it with daddy before bed.
I would highly recommend this to children 7-12 years of age, boy or girl. I initially wondered if it was too boy-ish for my little girl, but she quickly reassured me that she loves the book and continues to read it daily! I rate this book as 5 stars.
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