Book Review—The Action Bible

Years ago, one of the ministers at my church regularly suggested that new believers find a good children’s Bible storybook. He wanted them to read it through as background before beginning regular reading and study of Bible itself.

My minister friend usually recommended Egermeier’s Bible Story Book, a classic reissued in 1969 with painterly, realistic illustrations. With its graphic-novel format, The Action Bible doesn’t fit that description at all, but it definitely could achieve the same purpose.

And graphic-novel fans—as well as readers curious about presenting the Bible this way—are likely to love it. Kids and adults. I was intrigued and kept wanting to read more.

First published in 2010, this new and expanded edition of The Action Bible features 25 new stories and 23 expanded stories (128 new pages total) in one book of 832 pages!

The book presents 230 fast-paced narratives in chronological order, making it easy to grasp the story arc of the whole Bible. The Scripture basis for each story is clearly noted—great for follow up and comparison with the actual Bible text. There’s a detailed Bible Book Index at the back too.

Sergio Cariello’s colorful illustrations move the stories forward along with the text and help readers feel the emotions of events.

If you’ll be looking for a gift for a middle-grader or young teen soon, be sure to investigate this book!

The Action Bible (New and Expanded)
illustrated by Sergio Cariello
published by David C Cook (2020)
hardcover, 832 pages, 10.25 x 1.75 x 7 inches

Making God’s wonders known to the next generation,

– Diane

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