Adventure Bible Handbook: A Wild Ride Through the Bible
Creative, new way of looking at Bible stories!
The book starts out with an archaeologist arriving at the airport to do research in the Holy Land for the summer. He is accompanied by his kids because he and his wife agreed it would be a good educational experience for them. But the next morning they realize he is missing and decide that the best way to find him is to go on a tour of the Holy Land they saw advertised the day before. Maybe he'll turn up at one of the archaeological sites. This part is a bit sketchy, but it's not that important other than to set up the story. Off they go, with a technologically advanced tour company on a journey that has them going between past and present in some of the settings of the major stories of the Bible.
The layout of the book is really cool, with the storyline in comic book style, alongside interesting facts, further explanation of the current story or recommended adventure readings for kids to read more about say, John the Baptist or the Teachings of Jesus, in their Bible.
This book is a fun, fantastic way to look a little deeper and learn new things about the Bible stories you hear in Sunday School. I love the picture of the Boeing 747 interposed on Noah's Ark to show just how massive it truly was. Do you know just how rich Solomon really was? The example given is astounding, even by todays standards! This book is wonderful because they are using creative, new ways to teach the truth from the Bible in a fun way. Your kids won't want to put the book down, and will be motivated to search further in their Bibles for themselves.
I received this book from Booksneeze and Zondervan for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.
November 6, 2013
Some minor errors, but decent Bible summary
"Adventure Bible Handbook" is a Bible overview combined with some comic book, time-travel action. It's a companion to the "Adventure Bible" by Zondervan, which I think is a real Bible with kid-friendly study inserts. Since this book is mostly a summary of the Bible, I'm not certain why it's needed if the child has a kid's study Bible as well. It seemed more like a book to use to get a child who doesn't know the Bible interested in reading the full stories in the Bible.
The comic book part is a story about some kids trying to find their father by, of all things, taking a time-traveling tour of the Holy Land. Lucky for them, he's time-traveling, too. The main focus, though, seems to be their seeing events from the Bible so they will decide to follow Christ at the end.
As they travel through events taken from each book of the Bible, the reader is given a summary of that event or book in text above the comic section. Some events are illustrated using comic-book style and others by using pictures of modern-day remains or of paintings previously done of the event. There are some maps, Bible facts, and cultural background information, but mainly it's a summary of the main events of the Bible.
Despite the theme of traveling through time, they generally didn't mention dates. I think this was smart idea because a lot of dates are under dispute.
I did notice some minor errors, like page 26, "In Old Testament Times, the oldest son inherited everything." (The firstborn sons inherited a double portion, but not everything.) The information also seemed a bit simplistic. I'd think that church kids in their tweens would already understand what sin is or could tackle what the Ten Commandments really are instead of a modified, modernized version for young kids. But if you're looking for a fast summary of the Bible "spiced up" with the addition of a comic book adventure, then this does the job well enough.
I received this book as a review copy through Booksneeze.com.
November 5, 2013
Great children's companion to the bible!
So the latest item to hit the Bush household for review is the Adventure Bible Handbook! This book is absolutely awesome. It's not exactly a bible but is set up like a guide to the bible using comic strips. It goes from beginning to end of the bible. It reads like a guide to the different books of the bible. The great thing is that while it goes into detail on certain stories and people in the bible, it also lists the exact passage in the bible that correlates with it.
So far the kiddos love it. They love the comic strip part the most and Caleb loves that its small enough for him to pick up on his own, lol.
Since I like the Adventure Bible Handbook so much. I now want to try the Adventure Bible with the kids. My most favorite thing about this bible is that is a great companion to my bible for the kids. I can read in my bible and open up in the Adventure Bible Handbook and let them read a condensed summary of it.
November 3, 2013