Awarded the best children's Bible in 2011 by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), David C Cook's The Action Bible targets young people ages eight and up with the look and feel of a graphic novel, from its kid-friendly artwork to its comic book style dialog boxes with easy-to-understand language. Award-winning DC and Marvel comic's illlustrator, Sergio Cariello, captures the attention of readers with an analogy to the action hero Superman in the Preface where he writes, “…God is the original action hero…” even though people don’t usually think of God in that way. While Superman saves “…the day with his strength…Jesus saves the whole world with his death.” Doug Mauss, General Editor, believes children are the “…next generation of difference-makers.” He wants them to understand that Bible stories are about imperfect people, just as you and I are imperfect, yet God used them in spite of their imperfections.
The simplified Chinese version of The Action Bible is being released in three separate volumes, with the New Testament released in August 2013 and the both volumes of the Old Testament released by the end of 2013. One copy of the smaller booklet called The Story of Jesus is included free with every copy of The Action Bible (New Testament). This booklet begins with the story of creation and the introduction of sin (and the need for a Savior) before moving to the abridged version of Jesus' life, death and resurrection. This Action Bible (New Testament) with 66 stories from the New Testament also includes a few pages from the Old Testament portion of The Action Bible called "A Burning Bush", based on Exodus 2:21-4:17. Reference verses (where to find the story in the Bible) are included at the beginning of each story segment. A contents table of stories and Bible book index complete the book.
Excellent resource for older children and young people, as well as for older people who find reading long texts difficult.
(Scroll down to see videos introducing the book and the artist, plus pages from the book)
Book introduction video
Action Bible poster
Actual pages from the Chinese version of The Action Bible
Artist introduction video