Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Manga Messiah” as Want to Read:
Manga Messiah
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Manga Messiah

4.41  ·  Rating Details ·  594 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Manga (pronounced “mahn-ga”) is the Japanese word for comics. It has become a huge hit with American teens and tweens. Manga has emerged as the most popular comics category and is one of the fastest growing genres in American publishing. Appealing to kids and adults, readers will find this edgy rendition of the Gospel accounts both compelling and highly engaging. This auth ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 1983)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Manga Messiah, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Manga Messiah

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
The story of Jesus is told in this 'Mangaized' form. Quotes from the Bible are cited on each page. Very moving and inspirational with art that is simple yet effective in helping to convey the message of Jesus.
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 09, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it
My very first manga. I really liked this! I did not know that manga is fun to read. Or maybe because this is about Yeshua (Jesus). I have read the whole Bible a few years back. Also, read and hear parts if it since I was a little boy since I was born Catholic. But oh my, I really enjoyed looking at the pictures of the characters in this book. All the characters in this book are wide-eyed in innocence and most of them have flawless skin and winsome smiles. Soo cuuute!mangaFor example, in this picture ...more
At first, the phrase at the back cover that said "Do you dare to read His story... even if it may change your life forever?" was just an exaggeration for me, but just reading the first chapters of the manga made me think that I was wrong. It really is a life changer.

I liked how the team summarize the whole life of Jesus in a smart, concise way, especially when it comes to his teachings and parables. I also liked on how the story highlighted the apostles and the places as well. Usually, it was on
Dec 31, 2010 Ken rated it really liked it
Reminds me of the Flying House and Super Book anime.

A great effort in converting Christ's story to manga. Using the names Yeshuah, Miryam, Yosef, etc instead of the usual english equivalent we see how the author wanted to make an account that is as correct as possible. We can still find inconsistencies but above that we see a work that is made with a heart of love, ministry and dedication > things that are essential to evangelism. I like it how the author braved into saying "do you dare to re
Steven Shroyer
Oct 01, 2012 Steven Shroyer rated it it was amazing
It may not be for all tastes but this Manga is a good read. What I found so entertaining is that they took all the tropes from secular manga in terms of facial expressions and put them in one of the greatest stories ever told. I would recommend this to not just hardcore Christians but also people who want to know more about Christ and his story without sitting through a church service or tackling the bible and getting lost in complicated wording!
Hadi Wijaya
Jan 14, 2011 Hadi Wijaya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphical-books
I really glad that the Gospel is written not only in different language but also in different format. Previously I found the comical Full Bible made by Korean. Now I found and joyfully read the 'Manga' one. The character is really handsome and pretty just like Japanese Manga-ers always draw.
Jbb Lim
Apr 11, 2014 Jbb Lim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In all honesty, this is one of the best rendition Graphic-Manga-Novel series that depicts the life of Jesus apart from "The Picture Bible" that I once grew up with. With countless restrictions from where I come from, I'm really surprised that this book has managed to penetrate into our local Christian community.

After reading, I've done a little research myself on how this Manga project came about. I am really impressed of how much effort was taken through art, bubble conversations, and also on
This graphic novel in the popular Japanese Manga style sticks fairly closely to the Biblical account. The strongly-drawn illustrations will attract young readers and those who struggle to read English. I especially liked the unorthodox visions of angels that appear with a "Whooosh" as opposed to "Shazam!". Jesus is strongly masculine even if he isn't particularly Middle Eastern. (He is more a wide-eyed Japanese interpretation of anyone non-East Asian.) See for other language av ...more
Feb 02, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
This one was very good. I loved the art, and the story was easy to read. It presented Jesus' story well with all the Gospel stories and timeline fitted together nicely. I loved how in the back of the book it has a map of Israel and a list of characters for you to get to know them more. This book is one I have given as a gift many times.
Kriselle Marian
May 15, 2012 Kriselle Marian rated it it was amazing
Manga Messiah revolutionized the way children can read and actually know what the Bible says. The fully-illustrated graphics make the whole reading idea fun and exciting. Though, it is still about Jesus Christ's life, so we should consider this book really sacred and something to care about.
PScott Cummins
Apr 11, 2014 PScott Cummins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, graphic-novel
"Flagship" of the NEXTmanga series, one of the most-shared books about Jesus is published in over 25 languages. Explains to others why Christians are the "Easter people" and really helps give an understanding of how Jesus is both God and man. One of my favorites!
missdoctor.fmalchemist Ps130ES
Soooo cool to see this in manga
Jan 10, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love when the Bible can come alive like this and be understood in a form appropriate for a specific population.
Dec 31, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
Remarkable illustrations and writings from the New Testament. Love the expressions on the characters faces!
Jul 21, 2013 Meg rated it it was amazing
It's probably one of the easiest ways to describe Jesus' life and help some kids understand it more than actually reading the bible. (The first time I read it, I couldn't help myself so I cried.)
C.J. Stunkard
Jun 29, 2017 C.J. Stunkard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Fantastic rendition of the Gospels in a contemporary art form, this version of Christ's life will stand toe-to-toe with any young adult adaptation of the Scriptures. The book integrates stories and teachings from all four Gospels into a full and cohesive narrative, and the wonderful, vibrant style brings unique energy to familiar texts.

This was a really done piece of pop culture art that gives readers a wonderful overview and primer into the Scriptures that tell the story of Christ's time on
Mar 17, 2017 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-pile
S.Q. Eries
Dec 26, 2013 S.Q. Eries rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Dec 31, 2008 Bruce rated it it was ok
On the whole this is a successful harmony of the four gospel narratives that uses the convention of Japanese manga to produce a graphic novel life of Christ. Biblical citations run along the bottom of each page footnoting the story. However, as with any harmony, some inconsistencies crop up. For example, on page 74 John’s version of the scourging of the temple is presented and then on page 218 a shorter version from the synoptic gospels is given along with the accompanying text, “After entering ...more
Sep 12, 2007 Karen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for an engaging narrative of the gospels
Shelves: theology
i picked up Manga Messiah thinking it would be interesting at best; violent, ill-directed and theologically unsound at worst. but it is in fact first-rate.

well, you know the plot. here it receives compelling graphic treatment. manga is the perfect vehicle to exploit the "lone hero" theme, but this version stays theologically faithful, so that Jesus is never dismissed simply as a hero--his divinity is a key aspect of the work. Bible references from the four gospels are included in inconspicuous
May 10, 2016 EG rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am a youth leader (grades 7-12th) and a manga fan which is what drew me to this book. I began this book and could not put it down. This book does not read like most manga. It reads from front to back, left to right like a traditional western style comic book. I thought the artwork was very well done with vibrant colors and authentic manga styling. This book focuses on a comprehensive retelling of the gospels. It is perfect for the target age group that I work with, and I found that I thoroughl ...more
May 10, 2014 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-2014
This book basically tells the story of Jesus's life. From when he was born, to when he died on the cross. So basically, it's the majority of the new testament of the bible, and it's put into a shorter, simplified, manga book. I picked up this book because I'm quite familiar with the old fashioned bible, so I thought that maybe reading a bible with a twist on it would be more interesting, it's basically a manga bible in manga form. To be honest, I'm not quite sure why I finished this book, I alre ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Andy rated it liked it
Having previously read Siku's Manga Jesus I was expecting something similar, but this is obviously aimed at a younger audience.

The book aims to be a clear and fairly comprehensive re-telling of the stories in the original gospels, and for packing in as much of the Bible as possible it does well. But I think they could have been more creative with the characters and especially the dialogue. A lot of it is just exposition, and so you get a lot of information presented without the level of realism
Mar 24, 2009 raiN rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity
I personally enjoy animes so when someone gave me this as a gift, I was really happy! It's a good start in knowing who Jesus is(for kids who don't read books without pictures).

Many of the people who saw me reading it said it was not proper for a Bible story to be in manga form. They said it was like making fun of Jesus. Well, I say, it's a work of art! Hidenori is good at making mangas so God used him and his abilities to spread the Word in a differently and no one should despise their fellow C
Joe Frazier
The Next Manga (Japanese stylized comics) series is a vibrant, faithful look at Bible stories that provide a fresh and unique viewpoint in which to be immersed in and engaged by God's love and redemption for His people. It also does a beautiful job pointing to the source of those stories - God's word. I know for me, it's been a great way to reorient myself to well known stories in a fresh way.

Magna Messiah provides a fluid, clear and faithful rendering of stories from the Gospels.

For a full revi
Joe Frazier
Jul 24, 2014 Joe Frazier rated it really liked it
The Next Manga (Japanese stylized comics) series is a vibrant, faithful look at Bible stories that provide a fresh and unique viewpoint in which to be immersed in and engaged by God's love and redemption for His people. It also does a beautiful job pointing to the source of those stories - God's word. I know for me, it's been a great way to reorient myself to well known stories in a fresh way.

Magna Messiah provides a fluid, clear and faithful rendering of stories from the Gospels.

For a full revi
Jeff Stevens
Feb 21, 2008 Jeff Stevens rated it liked it
Unlike the Manga Bible, reviewed elsewhere, this is the work of a Christian believer with an almost explicit agenda of converting his readers to his faith. Christian scripture is far to complex to quickly lend itself to such a single-minded purpose, of course, and the results are hilarious: "Do you dare read this story," the book challenges you at one point wondering later if this Jesus could be the long awaited messiah. Pure cheese that distracts a bit from some decent artwork and an interestin ...more
Sarah "Mir"
May 12, 2008 Sarah "Mir" rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this manga. It caught my eye at Books A Million the other day, and me being my manga self, picked up a copy.

The art was really interesting, a tad different than what I'm used to. But it was better than I thought it would be.

It was an overall great manga. I think they followed the biblical story line pretty well. Though they use Jesus's jewish name, so that might throw you off at first. It did me, 'till I realized it. I was confused about it for a little bit.
Sep 07, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
I think this manga is one of the best ways to get young children into Christianity. It was well put together and fun to read, and it would teach kids a lot about Jesus. Even for those who aren't Christian, it's pretty fun to read!
Jestoni Revealed
May 15, 2012 Jestoni Revealed rated it it was amazing
This book completely understands and pictures out what would Jesus do, or doesn't do. The expression on Jesus' face and even the way he act. Set in a Manga version of our Gospel books, and materializes those events that takes place beyond we can see.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
manga lover: Manga Messiah 1 3 Jan 12, 2017 11:37AM  
The Manga Zone: Manga Messiah 1 1 Jan 12, 2017 11:33AM  
Manga Book Club: Manga Messiah 1 9 Jan 12, 2017 11:31AM  
Action/Adventure ...: Christian Manga 2 12 Apr 20, 2016 06:00AM  
Christian Young A...: Christian Manga Series 1 8 Dec 18, 2013 12:32PM  
Christian Teen Books: Christian Manga 1 15 Dec 18, 2013 12:11PM  
  • Manga Mutiny
  • Manga Metamorphosis
  • The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation
  • California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It
  • Holy Bible: NIV Teen Study Bible, Revised (New International Version)
  • The Book of Revelation
  • A Congregation of Jackals
  • Logan: A Trilogy
  • The Revenge of Ishtar (The Gilgamesh Trilogy, #2)
  • The Annotated Archy and Mehitabel
  • The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems
  • Terminal Mind
  • Wondermark, Vol. 2: Clever Tricks to Stave Off Death
  • The Army of the Republic
  • Medea: Harlan's World
  • Learning XML
  • The War Nerd
  • Out of the Saltshaker: Evangelism as a Way of Life Journal

Share This Book

“If any of you want to be the greatest, then you must become the least, and become like a servant to all people.” 3 likes
“No, Peter, not just seven times, but seventy times seven times. You must forgive others in the same way God forgives you.” 2 likes
More quotes…