The Action Bible: God's Redemptive Story is a hardcover
Bible in comic book format. It is over 700 pages long, and it tells
over 200 Bible stories in chronological order. When I received
this Bible, I thought it looked quite similar to another Bible
we own called The Picture Bible. My mom gave The
Picture Bible to my sons several years ago because she remembered
my brother devouring his when he was a child. I was right that
the two Bibles are similar; The Action Bible is a revised
and updated version of The Picture Bible.
Sergio Cariello is the illustrator of The Action Bible.
He has illustrated superheroes for Marvel and DC Comics, and his
artwork is top notch. The illustrations are realistic, and the
coloring is beautiful. They really bring the text to life. The
stories are face paced and engaging as well. A feature I really
love about this Bible is the index that arranges the stories in The
Action Bible according to the chapters and verses of the books
of the Bible.
My sons (ages 11, 10, 8, 6, and 5) all love The Action Bible:
God's Redemptive Story. I'm impressed with the quality
of the illustrations and the text, and I highly recommend this
Bible. It is a wonderful update of a treasured classic.
"People don't usually think of God like this, but God is the
original action hero. Everyone is so impressed when Superman
blows a car over with his breath, yet God created the whole
universe with His breath. Superman may save the day with his
strength, but Jesus saved the whole world with His death." So writes
General Editor Doug Mauss in the introduction of The Action
Bible. That seems to answer the question of why yet another
version of the Bible is desirable.
Aimed at the comic-book-reading set (primarily boys from age 8
and up), these 215 stories of the Bible are brought to life in
vivid color, frame by frame, and are housed in a sturdy, long-lasting
hard cover. The sequence of books roughly follows traditional Bibles
but with slight differences. The table of contents indicates Old
Testament sections set up for Creation, Fathers of the Faith, the
Life of Joseph, Moses, Joshua, God's Judges, the Kings (a LONG
section!), the Prophets, and the Exiles. The New Testament is simpler:
Jesus' Birth and Ministry, Jesus' Final Days, the Church is Born,
and a whole section on Paul. Of course, there's also an index.
Although The Action Bible is not a traditional or study
version Bible, it does have eternal value in its evangelization
of young people and any other comic book aficionado. It can also
be used to complement another Bible, perhaps in making an otherwise
difficult story come to life. It would also be beneficial for visual
learners who likely won't forget the colorful characters and scenery.
My older boys have been reading it to their younger brother, so
it works for Bible and read-aloud time. The intricate drawings
and uses of color would be a good study for an art class as well.
The Action Bible website offers coloring pages and a
chance to battle Goliath. There is more information on the Brazilian-born
artist, who, at the age of five, knew he wanted to be a cartoonist.
Mr. Cariello combined his artistic talents and Christian passion
in this visual masterpiece. In video clips available on the website,
Mr. Cariello talks about the everlasting importance of God's Word
and, secondarily, the inspirations for and the processes by which
he drew the pictures--fascinating for any age!
My three boys, ages 7, 9, and 11, have had a hard time keeping
their hands off this Bible. The pictures on the cover and the fast
action on the inside have whetted their appetites to dig deeper
into their other Bibles. What a blessing! I am hoping that it inspires
my kids to worship God in many creative ways, whether by drawing
and painting, acting, singing, playing an instrument, writing,
or however else the Spirit leads.
I was skeptical when I first saw the concept of a Bible written
in comic-book style. I was concerned that there would be a lack
of respect for God's Word, that it would come across as flippant
or lacking power. My apprehension was completely unfounded.
I would recommend The Action Bible to any household
with boys or a household that sometimes hosts boys (like a grandma's
house). Besides wanting to read it for themselves, boys will want
to share the action scenes with other boys, just as they do with Star
Wars or other adventure series--only these stories are worth
repeating dozens of times! The Action Bible would be
appropriate for a church library or even a public library.