I was talking to an eleven-year-old the other day and he was telling me about how he loves his Action Bible. He's too old for The Jesus Storybook Bible but the actual Bible is still a little overwhelming to him for daily reading. So a massive graphic novel based on the Bible has been a great fit for him.
But now The Good Book Company is coming out with something that I would say is even better than The Action Bible because it uses exact words from scripture in the HCSB. The Third Day is a sweet little volume that portrays Luke 22-24 in graphic-novel format with no supplementary verbage or glorified gore. I loved it, and I most certainly expect that kids in the preteen/teen age bracket will eat it up even more.
The art was skillfully crafted by Alex Webb-Peploe. I think he beautifully captured the aspects that Luke intended to emphasize: How foolish the disciples looked when they were arguing about who was the greatest. The agony and weakness during Christ's prayer in Gethsemane. The ugliness of Judas's betraying kiss. The brutality of the crowd demanding Christ's crucifixion. The desperation of the thief on the cross. The ecstatic amazement of the women who found the empty tomb. The wide-eyed surprise of the disciples when they realized it was Jesus walking with them on the road to Emmaus.
The Third Day is a wonderful depiction of the most important event in all history, and I very much look forward to the rest of the straight-from-scripture graphic novels in this series. At less than $7 each, I can definitely see myself giving these out to kids I know.
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I'm 25, married to a former skater dude and raising three little people ages 1-5. I like chartreuse, calligraphy, Coke Icees, childbirth, crocs, Studio C, and...alliteration.
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