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  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (1 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781407273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781407274
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Action Bible Devotional As amazing artwork draws your children into God's redemptive story, hands-on activities launch them into everyday faith adventures in this one-year devotional companion to "The Action Bible." Full description

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Mar 2014
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Whatever way I can get God's word into these little ones I will use and this is a winner for the kids!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on 28 May 2014
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Bought this for our son as we are encouraging him to have his own time with The Lord each day!
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Good Resource for the Family 13 Oct 2012
By Mathew Sims - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I previously reviewed The Action Bible and gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars but it's steadily grown on me. You can see some of my positive comments below.

I have two young kids and so I'm always on the look out for illustrated stories and Bibles. My oldest loves to read books and we supplement our family Bible reading time with another illustrated Bible. What I like about The Action Bible was that it rooted its narrative in Scripture. Each section had a subheading with "based on" and then the Scripture reference. That tells me the writer know that their book is a supplement to the Bible and not a replacement.

For me that's huge because I want my kids to know the importance and primacy of the Word of God while also being able to enjoy illustrated Bible stories. I can start each section with "This is based off of this Bible story from Luke 1. Let's look at that real quick" and then delve into the illustrated story it helps convey that truth. Also, the stories seemed more faithful to the Biblical narrative then some other Bible stories we have tried out. Again this conveys an important truth about the Word of God.

In the original review, I said I was unsure if I enjoyed the illustrations but as I said they've grown on me and my oldest daughter loves to read out of this storybook. If I were rating The Action Bible today I would give it four out of five stars. Excellent work and you'll love it more if you appreciate classic comic book art.

Last, I received a copy of The Action Bible Devotional. It stands alone but could also work in tandem with the The Action Bible. The devotional takes 52 Bible stories and provides application and insight for everyday life. They are fun and build up. It's also not an overwhelming devotional because it's meant to be used once a week. I can envision using it to jump start our every day family worship because it gives great questions and activities. After each story you'll have:

key verse
x-ray vision (short thought connecting with gospel story)
Mission (three fun activities to make the story tangible)
Debrief (questions)
Mission Accomplished (Notes, etc)
Share the Adventure (Ideas for involvement)
Big Picture (Creative Page to write, draw, or add to devotional)

It's not your typical devotional because it's so interactive. Unless you're just a complete bore there's no way your kids won't enjoy this. Have fun with it. Explore. Create. Apply. Celebrate the creativity of God within the pages of The Action Bible Devotional.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Too similar to the actual Action Bible 18 Dec 2012
By T. Clifton - Published on Amazon.com
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At first glance, this devotional is great! I would say that it will especially peek the interest of tweens who are enthralled with comics, drawings, and/or colorful pictures. I would agree with the other reviewers in that it is a paraphrased version. How could it not be when you are drawing comics, right? Unfortunately, I returned the copy that I purchased for my 10-year-old daughter (who LOVES her Action Bible) because the "stories" in it are the exact same stories that are in the Action Bible. A few were chosen and put together to make this devotional with a few pages of devotional questions, suggestions, and places to draw responses added. I bought it in hopes to capture the attention of my daughter and interest her in spending some time alone with the Lord. For a child who as already read through her comic Bible cover to cover twice, I thought it was a sure hit. But, seeing as there is nothing new to read or glean here, I didn't feel that it was worth the money.
Having said that, if you do not already have the Action Bible itself, this would be a great investment for devotional purposes. Your kids are sure to love it!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Terrific Way to Get those Teens to Read their Bible! 7 Nov 2012
By Gina Hott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
God gave us His Word and It is good.
It is wonderful.
It is hard to understand.
Especially, for pre-teens! Because, let's face it -- they really don't want ANOTHER list of ambiguous do's and don'ts -- they want an application. Something they can do now. They need to SEE how it applies to them.

`The Action Bible Devotional' ties it all together. It takes the Words of God, adds some awesome graphics, gives the reader a mission, ignites their thoughts, and guides them through their walk with God. All of that in one easy to enjoy book that's great for even your reluctant reader.

What I liked: I loved that, because it's essentially a comic, my son didn't realize exactly how much he was reading. He loved the graphics and really started to read the Bible for himself. The missions were absolutely applicable to his pre-teen life and really helped him to better understand the full realm of what God is and has done. The best part? It's a weekly devotional so that when life gets busy he didn't feel like he'd failed when he got behind a day or two.

What I didn't like: Honestly, I really enjoyed it but more traditional families/people aren't going to like that it's essentially a comic book with God's Words added nor will they like that it uses a newer translation than King James.

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Grade: A+ -- I bought it for my son!!
Ages: 10-15
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Action Bible Devotional 15 Nov 2012
By Jerrell Jobe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm always looking for something to read with my kids, especially during the evenings. Over the years, I've tried several children's bibles, kids devotionals, regular Bible and the like. Recently, I started going through The Action Bible Devotional (published by David Cook) with my nine-year-old son. The publisher states that, "The Action Bible Devotional pairs selected stories from the bestselling Action Bible with spiritual lessons and action-adventure missions that launch kids' faith into everyday life. Covering themes such as friendship, temptation, sibling rivalry, self-esteem, and materialism, The Action Bible Devotional offers a year's worth of activities, questions, and ideas that will keep young readers engaged with the Bible every day."

Me and my son are a few weeks into it...

The images are engaging, the summation narrative used for the various stories is concise and good. I particularly like the devotional reflections at the end of each selected reading. The questions are comprehendible and applicable for my nine-year-old. We've already had several good conversations (and prayer times) regarding various stories in Scripture and how they can be applied to his own life. I look forward to the future moments we'll have together as we continue to work through it...

I only wish there were 365 devotions to go with the Action Bible, rather than merely 52 (one for each week). We are currently going through 2-3 devotions a week and using the other nights to engage other readings/Scriptures/etc...
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Book to Inspire Bible Reading 15 Oct 2012
By Dr Conrade Yap - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a perfect companion volume to the very illustrative Action Bible. In this devotional, Jones continues the very engaging colour and vivid pictures to pique the interest of young readers. It turns a rather plain Bible text into life, visually. Meant to hook the short-term attention span of kids, it immediately keeps readers glued to the overall flow of the story. Based on the belief that a picture speaks a thousand words, this book is generous with diagrams, pictures, and looks like manga for Christians. Meant to be used once a week, it can also be used as frequently as needed.

Each "adventure" begins with an illustrated story followed by a key verse from the passage where the story was taken from. Some modern examples are then introduced as "X-Ray vision," to see spiritual lessons amid ordinary life. In the "mission," three questions are raised to help readers apply the lessons to their daily lives. In the "debrief," readers are invited to interact with what they learn, their feelings, and their responses to the adventure. Finally, there is a call for readers to go beyond mere intellectual understanding to wider sharing of what they have learned.

I must admit that I was attracted by the colour and the lively figures in the book. I call it more of a book rather than a "bible" because it is more of an interpretation and paraphrasing of selected Bible stories. There is little context given, and the lessons have all been done on behalf of the reader. In fact, adult readers may find the whole book very directive, strongly worded guidance for young minds. Those of us who are educators may not be comfortable with things already done on our behalf. Yet, given the age group that the Action Bible is targeted at, I can understand why. The intent is to get children excited to WANT to read the Bible more for themselves. That said, the stories chosen tend to be those that are generally agreed and understood. For personal devotional reading, I can recommend this book more as a supplement rather than the main course. It needs not only the Action Bible companion, but also the actual Bible itself. Understandably, children may not be able to stomach heavy diets. Thus, if there is a parent or an adult who can guide the reading, that will be most helpful. Another way to use this is in the Sunday School. The questions posed in the book are immediately useful for teachers to engage children in a lively discussion. If this book can encourage young readers to desire to read more of the Bible, it would have worth every cent.

Rating: 4 stars of 5.

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This book is provided to me free by David C. Cook and NetGalley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.
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