I'm coming into this review after having just finished organizing my thoughts on The Action Bible Devotional, I have not yet gotten my hands on The Ac...moreI'm coming into this review after having just finished organizing my thoughts on The Action Bible Devotional, I have not yet gotten my hands on The Action Bible. As I have said before in other reviews, finding the right medium to encourage your kiddos to read is very important and in the case of encouraging your children to read the Bible it is even more so. With The Action Bible, I think they might have found something to use as a great tool for both getting a start into reading and truly learning the content of the Bible.
Gladly in this New Testament there is a table of contents, which a reader does not have in the Devotional. There is even a dedication/gift page in the front making this a perfect gift. While the pages in this New Testament are a bit glossy and reflect the light it is not too much that takes away the enjoyment of reading by any bit. The pages within here are done mostly with a dark background, filled with colors and light where appropriate bringing the images and illustrations to life off the page.
This book would really work for anyone who enjoys comic books. My assumption would be for any kid from perhaps second grade to eighth but perhaps even older for one that truly enjoys comics and graphic novels. This one is more on the side of a comic book than a graphic novel, but I think it could be appreciated by fans of both (and even adults).
How many times might your reader have either read or heard the stories of the Bible to have them fall flat and be unimpressed. The illustrations with text in this New Testament can bring the stories to life in small chapter portions. Give those Bible characters from the New Testament a face . Discover a starting board to encourage a reader into the story and perhaps go further into reading their own Bible in any format to learn more. I think that this is a great gospel tool for the right audience, boy or girl.
*Thanks to David C. Cook for providing a copy for review.*
As I have said before in other reviews, finding the right medium to encourage your kiddos to read is very important and in the case of encouraging you...moreAs I have said before in other reviews, finding the right medium to encourage your kiddos to read is very important and in the case of encouraging your children to read the Bible it is even more so. With The Action Bible, I think they might have found something to use as a great tool for both getting a start into reading and truly learning the content of the Bible. I have yet to see the actual The Action Bible, but I hope to after my introduction through The Action Bible: New Testament and this book, The Action Bible Devotional. This is a one-year devotional with a section to go over per week that covers over selected stories from the creation and Eden with Adam and Eve to Jesus and the resurrection and even into Revelations. There is not however a table of contents.
One very cool thing I noted on the copyright page is that the "text [was] printed on 100% recycled paper" and that is another check in the fabulous column. I actually prefer the paper used in the devotional over that of the New Testament as the NT one is more glossy and catches the light (much as I remember with textbooks...).
The pages are alternating with light and dark backgrounds and the images hold a vast array of colors bringing the stories to life off the page. At the end of each story section is a page that labels the week and has some interaction just right and appropriate for your reader. My assumption would be for any kid from perhaps second grade to eighth but perhaps even older for one that truly enjoys comics and graphic novels. This one is more on the side of a comic book than a graphic novel, but I think it could be appreciated by fans of both. Back to the end of the week sections. There is a breakdown with a key verse, application to daily life, suggested activities, discussion questions, and places to write and draw. Very interactive.
The Action Bible Devotional could be perfect for a kid on their own, but could also be used in a group Bible study (with each participant having their on copy). I'm sure plenty a child would think that would be awesome. While I lean toward thinking this would be most well received by boys, I'm fairly certain that many a girl would be fascinated as well. It's full of adventure and interaction to really get an imagination into high gear. The purpose obviously is to encourage the reader to take this as an invitation to get their Bible out, no matter what version that may be and read more in the story after getting a taste in the images and text here.
Very interestingly the devotion writer, Jeremy V. Jones also wrote the Triple Dog Dare devotional that I looked at and loved earlier this year. And the illustrator Sergio Cariello has also worked with DC Comics and Marvel Comics, who better would know how to illustrate to bring in the interest?! What a fabulous gift idea for your comic book kiddo.
*Thanks to David C. Cook for providing a copy for review.*
Last June I was absolutely delighted with Glamorous Illusions and was really looking forward to getting my eyes upon the next part of the story in Gra...moreLast June I was absolutely delighted with Glamorous Illusions and was really looking forward to getting my eyes upon the next part of the story in Grave Consquences. During the wait I even had time to fit in a great post that you can even go back to see, a Coming Soon from the Pen post with Lisa. The first thing that stands out to me in continuing the story of Cora in the second novel for this Grand Tour Series is that to fully understand the characters a reader would sincerely benefit from reading Glamorous Illusions, the first novel before hand. While there is probably a chance you could enjoy Grave Consequences without it, you would have missed a lot of the building of personalities and situations to explain why the characters are why and where they are.
When I started into Grave Consquences and for a while, I just kept thinking that Cora seemed different. Something about the tone and I was wondering if it was a change in the author’s writing, but as I kept turning page after page what I realized was it was the individual and person of Cora that was changing. Going from the Montana farm to the unimaginable regency lifestyle as well as an upside-down thought process toward the word and idea of a “father” is big stuff and that reflects on Cora’s words and thoughts that we as readers get to delve into. Not to mention throwing romance into the equation…
I loved the contrasts between Cora and Will and while even part of me liked Pierre, watching and waiting and going back and forth and screaming in my head for what they characters should do… Oh, it’s fabulous when a good read really gets me and my emotions involved! Hands down, my favorite scene is from Cora’s walk, when she ends up in the tower and Will comes to “check on her”. *sigh* I did not see it coming, and I loved it. Yet that’s what Lisa does in her writing. She weaves a powerful tale that is so much more than just gowns and romance. The characters have such personality that they truly come off the page, even the despicable ones such as Hugh…
Having this series described as powerful and epic fits well. Lisa’s books often stand above others in that they just cannot be rated the same. They just contain so much more than a flimsy romance to distract one for a day. Yes there is romance, and mystery, but there is so much more to that in these pages. You gotta love a good chunkster book, and especially when they are as entertaining, thrilling, enchanting and romantic as this. I cannot wait to read Glittering Promises come October!
*Thanks to David C. Cook and Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy for review.*