The Action Bible introduced millions of people to the Bible with its unique storytelling and dramatic comic-bookstyle illustrations. Now, preteens and up can go deeper with The Action Bible ESV, written by an extraordinary team of divinity scholars and teachers and illustrated by renowned artist Sergio Cariello.
Why I chose this book
Our son was an early reader- he started reading before his 2nd birthday. When he turned 6, I purchased The Action Bible for him and he loved it! He spent hours reading it over and over again; several times I found him sprawled across his bed reading it to himself, including one Sunday when he chose to sit with us in “big church” so he could keep reading. It even provided a few hours of entertainment and learning during a long road trip. I feel that The Action Bible was a solid choice for our son because it sparked his interest in God’s word while providing true and accurate content. Now that he is a few years older (9) and his Sunday School class requires him to use a full version of the bible, I’ve been on the lookout for a good study bible. I would like him to have a study bible with study notes which meets his maturity and level of understanding while still capturing his attention like his Action Bible has all these years. As soon as I saw The Action Bible Study Bible ESV my first thought was to get it for our son. Thanks to the Family Christian Bloggers program I am able to provide you with my feedback on this title. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
I chose the hardcover version of The Action Bible Study Bible ESV for it’s durability and graphic appeal. The book measures approximately 6″X9″ making it the perfect size to fit into a student’s backpack. Inside you will find 40 pages of glossy, colorful, comic book style illustrations. The majority of these are at the beginning and end of the text. Between 1 Samuel 4-Matthew 22 there are no color graphics. In that gap and throughout the study bible there are numerous black and white illustrations to complement the scriptures. I use the English Standard Version (ESV) translation during my own study of God’s Word. Being familiar and comfortable with this translation of the bible, I believe it is a good choice for young readers. The ESV utilizes a “word-for-word” translation while maintaining readability with modern grammar and syntax. Clearly this bible targets a pre-teen and teenage audience. In The Action Bible Study Bible I hoped to see study notes on each page geared toward helping students in the middle grades understand and apply what they were reading. In place of study notes the publisher has included: “Unlock It” blocks which delve into “who did what, when and where…and why it matters.” Additionally, there are small trivia boxes under the heading “Guess It” which ask a question and provide the scripture address to find the answer. Finally, there are 53 “What About This?” boxes featuring common questions about our faith (i.e. Why do we pray?, What is heaven like?, Who wrote the bible?, and “What is sin?”). For the first time ever I have a mixed review for a title. I enjoy learning from the ESV translation and the illustrations in this bible are top-notch! As a regular pre-teen+ bible with good feature elements (listed above) and accompanied by a few maps, an index, and a bible dictionary, I give this bible a very good – 4/5 star rating. For my particular search of a study bible with age and maturity appropriate study notes I award The Action Bible Study Bible ESV a good rating – 3/5 stars.
About the Illustrator Sergio Cariello was born in Brazil in 1964. He has illustrated comics since learning to hold a pencil and has worked on many beloved comic books for Marvel and DC Comics. Sergio attended the Word of Life Bible Institute and the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art-later becoming an instructor at the prestigious art school. He currently resides in Florida with his wife, Luzia.