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Prologue from book: "When the Romans hung Jesus of Nazareth on the cross to die, they expected for him to remain in the grave. But Jesus rose again, having conquered death, and ignited a revolutionary movement of salvation. The Romans could never have suspected that executing Jesus was all part of God's divine plan for all creation. For forty days, the risen Jesus met with Prologue from book: "When the Romans hung Jesus of Nazareth on the cross to die, they expected for him to remain in the grave. But Jesus rose again, having conquered death, and ignited a revolutionary movement of salvation. The Romans could never have suspected that executing Jesus was all part of God's divine plan for all creation. For forty days, the risen Jesus met with his followers, preparing them for the persecution they would face after he left this earth and for the time when he would return as the rightful King of all creation. The movement Jesus started, known as "The Way", spread over the land like a wildfire. This is the story of one of his brave followers who helped spread the message." Looking for new ways to inspire your children to read the Bible? Experience the biblically based account of Paul the Apostle in a COMIC BOOK format kids LOVE! Paul's life story, told to us in the Book of Acts, is filled with bravery, adventure, miracles, faith, and salvation, yet many people are not aware of Paul's amazing life. In Paul the Apostle: A Graphic Novel, we have made the action packed Bible story of Paul more accessible for kids of all ages, using a visual language they love and understand: science fiction COMIC BOOKS! Our 144-page full color graphic novel uses awesome looking cartoon creatures, set in an action packed futuristic science-fiction universe.


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Prologue from book: "When the Romans hung Jesus of Nazareth on the cross to die, they expected for him to remain in the grave. But Jesus rose again, having conquered death, and ignited a revolutionary movement of salvation. The Romans could never have suspected that executing Jesus was all part of God's divine plan for all creation. For forty days, the risen Jesus met with Prologue from book: "When the Romans hung Jesus of Nazareth on the cross to die, they expected for him to remain in the grave. But Jesus rose again, having conquered death, and ignited a revolutionary movement of salvation. The Romans could never have suspected that executing Jesus was all part of God's divine plan for all creation. For forty days, the risen Jesus met with his followers, preparing them for the persecution they would face after he left this earth and for the time when he would return as the rightful King of all creation. The movement Jesus started, known as "The Way", spread over the land like a wildfire. This is the story of one of his brave followers who helped spread the message." Looking for new ways to inspire your children to read the Bible? Experience the biblically based account of Paul the Apostle in a COMIC BOOK format kids LOVE! Paul's life story, told to us in the Book of Acts, is filled with bravery, adventure, miracles, faith, and salvation, yet many people are not aware of Paul's amazing life. In Paul the Apostle: A Graphic Novel, we have made the action packed Bible story of Paul more accessible for kids of all ages, using a visual language they love and understand: science fiction COMIC BOOKS! Our 144-page full color graphic novel uses awesome looking cartoon creatures, set in an action packed futuristic science-fiction universe.

25 review for Paul The Apostle: A Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Daphne Self

    When I came across the chance to read and review a graphic novel, I jumped at it. The kid inside me still loves to read graphic novels/comic books, and I wanted to see how this one played out. There are a lot of comic books out there for children and some of them are Christian based. Although they touched upon and gave highlights to the story, I never really found one that would pull a reader in. Until now. The story of Paul starts at the very beginning. With the science fiction flair, Star Wars When I came across the chance to read and review a graphic novel, I jumped at it. The kid inside me still loves to read graphic novels/comic books, and I wanted to see how this one played out. There are a lot of comic books out there for children and some of them are Christian based. Although they touched upon and gave highlights to the story, I never really found one that would pull a reader in. Until now. The story of Paul starts at the very beginning. With the science fiction flair, Star Wars inspired vehicles en lieu of camels, donkeys, and horses, and the variety of animals and aliens used for the characters, this book will be a sure winner for that child who loves science fiction and fantasy. The way it is written reminds me a little of Brian Jacques' Redwall series and The Adventures of the Book of Virtues. Most of us know the story of Saul who later became Paul. The man who persecuted Christians, but became the man who was the biggest believer and who preached love and virtue. Reading through the book, and actually viewing the artwork, it seemed as though those books of the Bible became more real and more relevant than ever. Some things were given a deeper meaning because it was no longer something imagined, but something seen. The Biblical components are sound in this book. There is no scraping over, lightly touching, or sugar coating. It's as real as a graphic novel can get (barring the sci-fi'ness of it). To me, if you have a hesitant reader, but one who loves the artwork and storyline of graphic novels, then this is the perfect book for that reader. It is an inspiration and a motivator. This is a book that I have enjoyed and plan to keep on my shelf. Highly recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marie Bungard

    I wasn't really sure what to expect when I agreed to review this book. Although I enjoyed comic books as a child this was certainly a bit different. I'm not sure whether I can recommend the book or not. Here are my likes and dislikes: Likes The story is accurate and portrays some of the difficulties Paul faced in his journey. Each page gave a scriptural reference for what was going on. Very appropriate for the 8 to 12 year age group. Dislikes Very difficult to follow the storyline bubbles. More I wasn't really sure what to expect when I agreed to review this book. Although I enjoyed comic books as a child this was certainly a bit different. I'm not sure whether I can recommend the book or not. Here are my likes and dislikes: Likes The story is accurate and portrays some of the difficulties Paul faced in his journey. Each page gave a scriptural reference for what was going on. Very appropriate for the 8 to 12 year age group. Dislikes Very difficult to follow the storyline bubbles. More violence than I like to deal with. (Yes, I know the time he lived in was very violent.) There were so many graphically portrayed characters I found it difficult to determine who was speaking. With that said, I recommend parts read through the book first to be prepared for any questions their children might ask. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, Beartruth Collective, LLC and Bookcrash Bloggers. 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.”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Angie Fehl

    3.5 Stars While you may have been told the story of Paul the Apostle in church, you probably haven't heard it approached this way before! In this clever and artistic re-imagining, readers meet Paul shortly after he has been captured and imprisoned, awaiting execution. Coming to terms with his time on this mortal coil possibly coming to an end very shortly, Paul recounts the unfolding of his life's work, beginning with revealing that he began life as Saul, a guard dedicated to thwarting the 3.5 Stars While you may have been told the story of Paul the Apostle in church, you probably haven't heard it approached this way before! In this clever and artistic re-imagining, readers meet Paul shortly after he has been captured and imprisoned, awaiting execution. Coming to terms with his time on this mortal coil possibly coming to an end very shortly, Paul recounts the unfolding of his life's work, beginning with revealing that he began life as Saul, a guard dedicated to thwarting the message of the very people he would later count himself amongst -- proud and vocal followers of Jesus Christ. His work as Saul meant he would often arrest, imprison, beat, stone, even in some instances kill those who would try to spread the message of Christianity. While on a road trip to Damascus, Saul is involves in a very serious motor vehicle accident. In fact, it sends him into a near-death experience that puts him face to face with big man Jesus himself. Saul comes back to life from this experience a changed man. Remembering his conversation with Jesus, Saul decides to change his name to Paul and start anew, spreading a message of love and kindness rather than animosity and intimidation through physical violence. This version of Saul / Paul the Apostle travels across many of the familiar locations described in the original biblical tale, and still incorporates many familiar historical / biblical figures (such as Emperor Nero), but in a futuristic, sci-fi like era. This is a little difficult to describe, and (if I may be honest) was even sometimes difficult to completely wrap my mind around while reading, but not so much that you can't keep up. It's a different approach, that's for sure, but I think that was kind of what Beartruth Collective (the publisher) was going for -- parents want their kids to learn their Bible stories but the stock version can sometimes come off as a bit dry and stuffy to young eyes & ears, so here's this fresh, innovative approach. Take a medium kids typically eat up -- graphic novels -- and tell the stories that way. My impressions The Good: The overall quality of the book design in physical form is seriously top notch. Nice sturdy hardcover exterior, thick glossy pages inside that seem to really enhance the vivid color choices for the artwork. And that artwork! Holy cow, Mark Harmon (not THAT Mark Harmon, btw... sorry NCIS fans), you go! I freakin' LOVED the detailing in all the unique character illustrations here! As far as overall aestethic, I thought the design work was gorgeous! The Meh: While I like the unique concept of the book, the actual dialogue for the characters fell a little flat for me at times. Overall decent, I still had a good time reading Paul's story, but there were parts in there where it rang a bit corny, a bit trying too hard to be cool for the kids. There were also a few pages / panels where the text bubble layout got a little all over the place, so at times it took me a minute to figure out which way the conversation was meant to flow. I also noticed that the further along I got into Paul's story, the less it got to be about this sci-fi world and the adventures Paul went on... instead the dialogue turned more scripture heavy. Now, on one hand I can understand this because the point is for kids to learn Paul's story... but the point is ALSO to get kids interested... so as I was reading, I couldn't help but imagine some kids tuning out and closing the book once the story got pretty sermon-like and started to lose the storytelling aspect. Just my two cents. If your child has expressed interest in trying out graphic novels, but you are concerned about the potentially high levels of violence or sexuality in mainstream titles, this may be an alternative for your family. Beartruth Collective, at the back of this book, mentions plans to continue on with more adventures of other biblical figures in this graphic novel format, so I look forward to seeing what their future projects look like (once available)! FTC Disclaimer: Bookcrash.com & Beartruth Collective kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book & requested that I check it out and share my thoughts. The opinions above are entirely my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Helen Purdon

    My 10 yr old daughter devoured it before we could read it together. We read it aloud with her 7 to 8 year old sister who loved it as well. Weve been reading through Luke & Acts in the Bible and this was a perfect Star warsish visual added. The narrative stays true to Gods Word with scripture references on the bottom of each page. I saw the creator, Mario DeMatteo, at the CA GHC and checked out the book. Didnt buy it but it stayed on my mind (daughter loves Action Bible & graphics) Saw My 10 yr old daughter devoured it before we could read it together. We read it aloud with her 7 to 8 year old sister who loved it as well. We’ve been reading through Luke & Acts in the Bible and this was a perfect “Star wars’ish” visual added. The narrative stays true to God’s Word with scripture references on the bottom of each page. I saw the creator, Mario DeMatteo, at the CA GHC and checked out the book. Didn’t buy it but it stayed on my mind (daughter loves Action Bible & graphics) Saw him again at CHEA of CA convention and decided to buy the book. Mario is a super nice guy. The girls love that we have a signed copy with a picture of Barnabas drawn on the front page. We will be reading it through again.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ⭐️Cordelia⭐️

    The next time my Sunday school teacher asked us who Paul the apostle was, I was able to raise my hand!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Paul The Apostle: A Graphic Novel is the first installment in a futuristic "sci-fi cartoon creature Bible idea" by Ben Avery and Mark Harmon. This graphic novel is very well illustrated with beautifully bright pictures and an easy-to-follow layout. The language and graphics used throughout are intended to appeal to an older child, I'd say 10-12+ unless they've got an expanded vocabulary or you're reading through it with them. The storyline itself is thorough enough for adults to find it a Paul The Apostle: A Graphic Novel is the first installment in a futuristic "sci-fi cartoon creature Bible idea" by Ben Avery and Mark Harmon. This graphic novel is very well illustrated with beautifully bright pictures and an easy-to-follow layout. The language and graphics used throughout are intended to appeal to an older child, I'd say 10-12+ unless they've got an expanded vocabulary or you're reading through it with them. The storyline itself is thorough enough for adults to find it a worthwhile read, if you're the graphic novel reading type (my paw goes up). It's primarily excerpts from the book of Acts, with snippets and references from 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans, John, Mark, Job, and Philippians. Almost every page has Bible reference verses listed at the bottom, so you can easily open your Bible for further study or to see the bigger picture behind each specific scene. I got this book as a gift for my 10-year-old step-son who finds Bible time at our house to be "boring" and entirely unappealing. He would much rather read the adult-themed graphic novels he gets at his mom's house. This book seems to be a fair compromise for him, and is the third Christian-based graphic novel I've managed to get him to read (and put on his "keep" shelf to re-read) while at our house. I did find one typo, and one place where they randomly refer to Saul as Paul in the middle of a conversation, before he says he's using a new name. For a project of this magnitude, that's not something I'm going to complain about, just mentioning it in case anyone else would find it off-setting. I'm giving this book 5/5 stars and eagerly await a chance to read the next installment, Peter The Apostle (not yet published). *Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from the publisher through BookCrash, for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Ware

  9. 5 out of 5

    Erica Douglas

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dax

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gigi

  13. 5 out of 5

    Scott Early

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mike Williams

  15. 4 out of 5

    Seven Negen

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nima

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robert Glover

  18. 4 out of 5

    Scott

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mark Gaulton

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bob

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Peters

  22. 4 out of 5

    Deb Eagle

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alinafe Kamangira

  24. 4 out of 5

    Percy Bell

  25. 5 out of 5

    Justin

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