- I was skeptical at first how a comic-book approach like this would work, but the book responsibly presents the Bible’s storyline chronologically. It’s divided into 215 short stories spanning Genesis to Revelation.
- It’s attention-grabbing and attention-keeping. My daughter loves it! She daily asked me, “Daddy, would you please read God’s Redemptive Story to me tonight?!” And after each story ended, she would immediately ask, “Would you read another one?!” She was riveted to the pages as we worked our way through the Bible’s storyline. I’d estimate that it took us about 15–20 hours to read together, and she enjoyed every minute of it.
- We refer to it as God’s Redemptive Story rather than The Action Bible so that our children don’t confuse Bible-story books with the Bible itself.
- Sergio Cariello‘s thousands of illustrations are similar to a comic book. They are very well done, and I don’t think they’re irreverent. See, for example, how he illustrates “The Plagues” and “The Prodigal Son.” Cariello has done comic book work for Marvel, DC, Disney, Zondervan/Harper Collins, and others.
- I discovered that it serves my daughter better if I cover up parts of the page as I read so that she looks at the right pictures as I read. So I use a full-page and a half-page of black construction paper. When I turn a page to reveal two new pages, I cover up the right page page with the full-page of black paper, and I cover up as much of the left page as I can with the smaller paper. Then I move the smaller paper around as I move from frame to frame. By the time I finish the two-page spread, I’m not covering up any of the pictures.
- The corresponding 10.2-hour audiobook is well done. It’s dramatized and filled with sound-effects. (E.g., see the videos below.) My daughter has listened to the entire audiobook several times, and when she learns to read a little better, I think she’ll enjoy listening to the audiobook while following along in the book.
God’s Wager (based on Job):
Walking on Water (based on Matt 14:22–33; Mark 6:45–52; John 6:15–21):
Mountain Vision (based on Matt 17:1–21; Mark 9:2–29):