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Adventure Awaits! When an archaeologist on an expedition in the Holy Land disappears, his four children are willing to try anything to find him. Dragging his assistant along, they join an offbeat tour group run by two zany guides whose mission, it turns out, is to lead kids from all over the world on a life-changing quest for truth. Soon the group is visiting ancient cities, exploring important geographical sites, and traveling back in time to experience biblical events firsthand---with the help of some Really Smart Phones (RSPs), a bunch of camels, jet skis, ATVs, hang gliders, and other wacky modes of transportation.
Along the way, the children look for clues to their father's whereabouts and learn facts about ancient Bible times, the people, the culture, and witness important historical events, like the parting of the Red Sea, the building and filling of Noah's ark, and the crucifixion of Jesus. As they continue searching and their father is not to be found, the kids are tempted to give up. But finishing this crazy tour may just be the key to finding their father---and learning what life is all about!

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.43 X 5.50 X 1.10 (inches)
ISBN: 0310725755
ISBN-13: 9780310725756
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Series: Adventure Bible

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Adventure Awaits!

When an archaeologist on an expedition in the Holy Land disappears, his four children are willing to try anything to find him. Dragging his assistant along, they join an offbeat tour group run by two zany guides whose mission, it turns out, is to lead kids from all over the world on a life-changing quest for truth. Soon the group is visiting ancient cities, exploring important geographical sites, and traveling back in time to experience biblical events firsthand—with the help of some Really Smart Phones (RSPs), a bunch of camels, jet skis, ATVs, hang gliders, and other wacky modes of transportation. Along the way, the children look for clues to their father’s whereabouts and learn facts about ancient Bible times, the people, the culture, and witness important historical events, like the parting of the Red Sea, the building and filling of Noah’s ark, and the crucifixion of Jesus. As they continue searching and their father is not to be found, the kids are tempted to give up. But finishing this crazy tour may just be the key to finding their father—and learning what life is all about!

The Adventure Bible Handbook is the newest addition to the Adventure Bible family of titles. The Adventure Bible is the #1 Bible for kids, packed with fun features that lead kids on an exciting journey through God’s Word and help build on their relationship with God.

Visit www.AdventureBible.com for games and activities.

Author Bio

Robin Schmitt has written several books for children and adults, including The Adventure Bible Handbook, The NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions, Married for Life, 101 Amazing Things About Heaven, and The 100 Most Important Bible Verses for Men. Robin has a passion for inspiring readers of all ages toward spiritual maturity and childlike faith. He lives in Michigan with his wife and three children.  Robin blogs at www.robinschmitt.com

David Frees has worked as an editor and content developer for more than twelve years. He enjoys walking in the woods, reading, and playing with the newest digital gadget...especially if it's made by Apple. He lives with his wife Monica and two children, Joshua and Hannah, in the Grand Rapids area.

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  1. Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A travel adventure to ancient Bible times
    November 26, 2015
    Annelr
    Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Adventure Bible Handbook is a full-color comic strip type book for children. It begins with an archeologist gone missing in Israel. His four children take up with a couple of madcap tour guides who cover the entire Holy Land in hopes of finding Dad. Fun characters and the interesting storyline will keep kids engaged as they are learning of the unfolding stories, geography, and archeology of the Bible. Using fun modes of transportation, Really Smart Phones and time travel the authors, Robin Schmitt and David Frees, have written a winner for children and parents alike.

    The book itself is hardbound, with semigloss pages filled with comic strips, maps and artwork images related to Biblical stories. Included at the end of the book are several indexes, Scripture, Subject, Image guide and a Reading guide to the Bible. All in all a wonderful book for the preteen to make Bible reading an adventure.
  2. Alabama
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great for Children
    October 21, 2015
    RollTideGirl
    Alabama
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Our son loved the Adventure Bible so we were excited to get to introduce him to the Adventure Bible Handbook. This book is written in comic book style so it quickly grabbed his attention and with the hardback cover and extremely sturdy pages it held up well to being carried around in his backpack too. Geared at children ages 9-12, the full-color illustrations are very eye-catching and they go along perfectly with the text surrounding them. This is a wonderful way to introduce Bible stories and characters to younger children too.

    The Adventure Bible Handbook is 240 pages that not only takes your child on a wild adventurous journey but also gives them a pretty comprehensive overview of the different books of the Bible and Bible stories too. The only thing I really didn't like about this book was that references to God are not capitalized. Call me "old-school", but I am still of the camp that out of reverence and to set the one true God apart from other false gods, that when God is mentioned in the Bible, that it should always be capitalized. I wish this book would have capitalized the name of God. Other than that, I think this book is very good for upper elementary age children to read.
  3. Alabama
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Resource
    July 2, 2014
    homeschoolmom24
    Alabama
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    **Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge my honest review from Zondervan.

    About the Book:

    A Wild Trip Through the Bible Kids and parents who love the bestselling Adventure Bible and want a fun and engaging supplement to their biblical study need look no further. The Adventure Bible Handbook, told in comic book style, leads a group of kids across the Holy Land and back in time on an entertaining, educational, and inspirational quest to find their missing father. It's a fast, fun, eyewitness adventure around the world and through some of the greatest Bible stories to learn what life is really all about.

    About the Author:

    Robin Schmitt has been a writer and editor in Christian publishing for many years. He has written several books for children and adults, including The Adventure Bible Handbook, The NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions, Married for Life, 101 Amazing Things About Heaven, and The 100 Most Important Bible Verses for Men. Robin has a passion for inspiring readers of all ages toward spiritual maturity and childlike faith. He lives in Michigan with his wife and three children.

    My Review:

    As the Adventure Bible has really hit the mark for our children the author of the Adventure Bible has come up with many ways to supplement their Bible study, in a way that is very engaging. My boys were delighted that this book was offered as a way to learn more about the Bible stories that before they could only read about. The bottom line is to keep children tuned into the Bible and what it has to say to their precious hearts. I firmly believe that if they learn how to read and study the Bible while they are young that it will foster tat learning in them as adults.

    Written in the same form as the Adventure Bible, the Adventure Bible Handbook takes the persons, places, and things learned about in the Adventure Bible and expands on and gives you further understanding. You can learn more about Babylon, the Garden of Eden, the Tower of Babel, and even the flood. With so many options to choose from the Adventure Bible Handbook covers many of the items and so much more. Follow Richards children as the try to find their missing father, Richard. You will learn so much more than you could of ever imagined.
  4. British Columbia, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Creative, new way of looking at Bible stories!
    November 6, 2013
    crtnybc
    British Columbia, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  5. Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Some minor errors, but decent Bible summary
    November 5, 2013
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "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.
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