New Power Bible Uses Comics to Get Kids to Read

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By Brittany Smith, Christian Post Reporter
November 3, 2011|11:40 am

For parents, getting kids to read can be a challenge of biblical proportions. And getting them to read Scripture takes a miracle. But a new children’s Bible is trying to change that by making Bible stories fun and entertaining for children.

Green Egg Media released on Wednesday a new children’s Bible set called The Power Bible. The 10 illustrated comic books are part of a series featuring stories and characters from the Old and New Testaments, and are geared toward children ages six to12.

The first six books in the set are comprised of stories from the Old Testament beginning with a book called From Creation to the Story of Joseph. The New Testament set is featured in books seven to 10.

Gary Kim, publisher and CEO of Green Egg, told The Christian Post the images in the book are very vivid. They are “alive, exciting and resonate with kids,” especially younger kids familiar with Asian style comics and art.

The Asian style art stems from the fact the books were first published in South Korea. The original publishers chose the format and content of the various Bible stories, with the New Testament portion extensively covering the life of Christ, the early church and the apostle Paul. The characters depicted in the books feature all the biblical heavy-weights, including David, Moses and Ruth.

Kim says the books don’t go completely in depth to every book in the Bible, but rather, it’s more like a survey. It is meant to give children a broad overview of the Bible and teach them how things all fit together. The books do provide Bible references with specific verses to help parents wanting to delve into more detail.

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It took five years for the books to be translated and edited, with book number 10 completed late last year. Kim says they spent a lot of time making corrections and changing some of the graphics. For example, in the Korean version, the books show a lot of blood during the story of when Cain kills Abel. Kim knew that wouldn’t fly among American audiences and parents. So they removed certain images, but stayed true to the Bible, opting to use The New American Standard translation.

Picture Bibles abound in today’s Christian market, but the makers of Power Bible say its details and descriptions really set it apart. The makers chose the comic book format because they knew how much kids like to read comics, especially in a day and age where it’s hard to get kids to pick up a book.

A mother from New York wrote on the website’s testimonial page, “My two children, ages 3 and 5, always ask me to read it before bedtime. They love to hear and see the stories of Creation and the patriarchs, and they are asking lots of questions about God and connecting the God of the Bible with God in our lives.”

The Power Bible books fit perfectly within Green Egg Media’s mission to create products that will educate young children. Founded in 2011, they say they want their products aimed at addressing the growing digital and relational distractions and pressures children today face.

 

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