Book Review: Action Bible Devotional

This week I have been looking at some exiting products from David C Cook. Yesterday I did a review of The Action Bible.  Today I’m looking at the companion product, The Action Bible Devotional.

As a children’s pastor and a parent I am constantly looking for ways to get the kids in my church and my own kids to spend time in The Bible. The Action Bible helps with this. However, alone it only serves to get the kids into the stories of the Bible. Even with this great resource I still find myself wanting for ways to get kids to go deeper into the word. To study it. To apply it’s wisdom and truth to their own lives. The Action Bible Devotional does just that. The Action Bible Devotional includes 52 devotions intended to be done once a week for an entire year.

Here is how they describe the elements included in each devotion:

  • “One cool illustrated story from The Action Bible.”
  • “Key verse: We used a bunch of different Bible translations, but you can look it up in your own Bible and read more in the translation you like to use.”
  • “X-Ray Vision: some short thoughts to connect the story with your life.”
  • “Your Mission: three ideas to put the themes into action! Pick one or try all three.”
  • “Your Debrief: three questions to spark some brain cells.”
  • “Mission Accomplished: your place to make some notes to remember.”
  • “Share the Adventure: occasional ideas to involve parents or friends.”
  • “Big Picture Page: occasional pages for you to get creative. Write. Draw. Tape a stick. Take the idea and run wild with it”

These elements work together to create a great devotional experience for kids. These devotions can be done alone by older kids. Younger kids could do them with the help of an adult. These could even be used for a weekly family devotion time. Overall this is a great companion to The Action Bible. If you are looking for a devotional that it will be easy to get your kids to do I believe this is it.


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The Action Bible: Book Review

In yesterdays POST I mentioned The Action Bible, how I first found out about it and the impact it had on one of the families in my church. Today I want to take a closer look at the book itself.

From Creation to the fall of Man.
From David and Goliath to Solomon’s Temple.
From the birth of Jesus’ to death on the cross to His resurrection to His ascension into Heaven.
One after another the familiar and important stories of the Bible are told with art work that is both appealing an modern. In the style of the graphic novels popular with later elementary kids through middle and even high school The Action Bible is attractive and engaging.
What it is not: The Action Bible is not a complete translation of the Bible.
What it Is: It is a very successful attempt to  depict many of the stories of the Bible that create the foundations of our Christian beliefs.
The bottom line is this: if you are looking for a picture Bible with modern art work that your own kids, or the kids in your ministry will LOVE, this is it.
Check out this video to get a better idea of what The Action Bible is all about.
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Introducing The Action Bible

Two or three years ago I attended a small local conference in Fort Myers, FL. Among the companies in the resource center was a representative from the publisher David C Cook. He had a new product that really caught my eye. I was The Action Bible. I immediately fell in love with it. I bought one for my son and ordered an entire case to sell to the kids in our children’s ministry. It took me just 2 weeks to sell the entire case.
That wasn’t the best part…
A couple weeks after getting the Action Bibles in and distributed to the parents who had purchased them I was approached by the mother of one of our 5th graders, Luis. She told me about something that had happened that week. One night after sending Luis to bed she noticed that his light was still on. She quickly went to his room prepared to get onto him for his disobedience. She entered his room and stopped. She found Luis reading his newly obtained Action Bible. As I heard this story I nearly cried. I mean this is the kind of thing that a children’s pastor lives for, kid’s voluntarily and willfully spending time in God’s word. This is the power of the Action Bible.
We have all seen graphic, visual versions of the Bible. Most of them have dated art work that seems aimed more at preschoolers than 5th graders. The Action Bible is different. The art work is contemporary and of a kind that will appeal to 5th graders and beyond. The art work reminds me very much of some of the comic books and graphic novels I read when I was that age. If you are looking for a new and exciting way to present to stories of the Bible or to get kids interested in reading the Bible, this is a great tool to help with that.

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Stuff from Orange 2012: Core Essentials

Today we continue our look at the stuff that I picked up at last years Orange Conference.

Core Essentials

  • Who are they? From their website: “Core Essentials is a non-profit organization and was begun in 1998 by parents and teachers who wanted to help kids by providing quality character building resources to schools.”
  • What do they do? Core Essentials provides curriculum for both during school hours and after school programs for both preschool and k-5. The curriculum is designed to teach values and build character.
  • Why should you care? I know that many of you reading this are children’s ministry leaders and volunteers. Core Essentials could give you a way to get into your local public schools. With little or no reference to Jesus or The Bible the materials are well suited for this environment. This will allow you to make the connections with kids that could lead to conversations of a spiritual nature, or to inviting them to church.
  • You may already have it! If you use 252 Basics in your children’s ministry, then you already have Core Essentials. Have you ever noticed the “Partner with Schools” tab when you go to download each months materials. That is the Core Essentials materials. In fact, it even goals along with the monthly virtues from the 252 Basics materials.
  • What do I think? I think that for many of us the public school system is a great, unreached mission field. These kids gather every day by the hundreds and even thousands and yet may of us are doing very little to influence then. Core Essentials gives us a great tool to start reaching this mission field.

Click HERE to check out there website for full details.

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