“I don’t believe it! We’re in the Garden of Eden. And look! There’s Adam and Eve!,” Tyler exclaims in Robin Schmitt and Daved Frees’s book, Adventure Bible Handbook: A Wild Wide Through the Bible.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-forty-page paperback targets children ages nine to twelve years old who want a somewhat comprehensive study of the books of the Bible that include an adventure story. Using comic strips, thumbnails, photographs, maps, Biblical stories, and information, it references the New International Reader’s Version of the Bible. The beginning has a Bible book page reference and guide while the ending includes Scripture and subject indexes as well as an image guide.
In this handbook, there is a running cartoon story about a family that time-travel to find their father by seeing the different characters and stories from every book in the Bible. The cartoons are on the bottom half of most pages while the top half cover information and data regarding the topic in the Bible based on its book, not chronological order. In the end, not only do the children locate their dad, they give their hearts to Jesus and learn about His love.
~ Why ~
Containing many interesting facts and features about the Word of God, this book immediately captured my attention as an adult. While the cartoons may engage preteens, the Biblical applications and layout were interesting.
~ Why Not ~
For those who want nothing to do with learning about the God of the universe, this would not be a good choice. There were several Biblical errors and avoidances (Mary being a virgin) along with mentioning of the Catholic Church in the Apostle’s Creed that may concern some Christians.
~ Who ~
Author Schmitt has written several books for adults and children. Author Frees has been an editor and content developer for twelve years. Both authors and their families live in Michigan. No information is included on the illustrator, Philips.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence and that the eternal plan of salvation was more concise and spelled-out for young readers.
~ Want ~
If your preteen is at the spiritual level of yearning to learn more about God’s Word and the history and people of Biblical times, this is a good choice, but be aware there are errors.
Thanks to Zonderkidz for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.
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