Title: Paul the Apostle
Authors: Ben Avery and Mark Harmon
Publisher: Bear Truth Collective
“Don’t feel sad for me, Timothy, this is a celebration. Death has no sting,” Paul explains in Ben Avery and Mark Harmon’s comic book, Paul the Apostle: A Graphic Novel.
~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-forty-four-page over-sized hardbound targets those who enjoy Bible stories that are retold in comic book format. With colorful, full-page illustrations that cover every page, the life of the Apostle Paul is examined. Using the New International Version of the Holy Bible, it includes the referenced Scripture verses at the bottom of the pages.
Beginning with a letter to the readers, this three-chapter book that has an epilogue covers the Biblical history of Saul’s conversion to Paul, his ministry, relationships, and life in an animalistic cartoon design. With no known explanation of the apostle’s death, it has details of the man’s witnessing Stephen’s stoning, being shipwrecked, and in jail as well as when in Rome speaking to Felix.
Portraying Paul as a quasi-lion figure, Luke, Barnabas, Gamaliel, Timothy, and Peter are also depicted while the main character shows his newfound faith and belief in Jesus Christ. The ending includes a map of Paul’s journeys and other verses to research.
~ Why ~
Learning about the life of the Apostle Paul in the Bible can be interesting for some yet boring for others. I like how this sci-fi rendition grabs the attention of the middle-schooler, comic books appreciator, or gamer who is visually inspired. Including the eternal plan of salvation is important and helpful to non-believers.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like Bible stories that have been altered into a sci-fi futuristic/fantasy mode will not enjoy this read. Others may feel the dialogue sometimes hard to follow unless the reader already knows about the life of the apostle.
~ Who ~
Author Avery is a children’s pastor and comic book writer who lives in Indiana with his wife and family. Harmon is a professional kid’s and comic book illustrator who lives in Wyoming with his wife and children.
~ Wish ~
With up to nine scenes on a page, the story gets busy and sometimes complicated. I wish more chapters that were shorter were done instead of only three long ones.
If you or your middle-schooler to high-schooler wants to know what the Apostle Paul did and said the Bible, this rendition would be a fun way to learn about him and his love for Jesus.
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