Wednesday, September 19, 2018

How Can Children Learn About The Lord Through a Comic Book- Book Review

Bible is the one subject I try to get to each day.  I love incorporating games, good discussions, and anything to be sure my children are engaged.  We recently were offered the opportunity to review Book 1, Rescue Me! What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith in The Captain Sun Adventures series.  It is no secret that I love reading, and for the most part, my children do as well, but having a story/comic book/Bible devotion all in one is taking it to another level.  After, reading the first book in the series, I know that our family will be happy to add The Captain Sun Adventures entire series to our bookshelf. Continue reading to find out more about the story and what my children and I thought about it.

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What we received 

We received the physical, paperback Rescue Me! book. Bryce Morgan wrote it, and Mitch Martin illustrated it.  

About the book

Rescue Me! What Superheroes Can Teach Us About The Power Of Faith is around 34 pages and is eight chapters.  The illustrations were a perfect match for the book.

Rescue Me! is a biblical centered superhero comic book.  After every chapter, there is a section called the Capital City Chronicle; this is a devotional, that coheres with the subject of the previous chapter.  At the end of the book, there are discussion questions that you can ask your children which will have them think more in-depth about the lessons to be learned throughout the book.  The very last page has pictures of Captain Sun, the main character of the story, that different have drawn.


The story is about a superhero named Captain Sun. He is fighting against the darkness who goes by the name, Blackout. Blackout is terrible darkness whose deepest desire is to spread fear and hurt around the whole city. Captain Sun is not going to let that happen and goes to the extreme to save the town and was even injured saving his enemy, Blackout. 

How we used the book

I had each of my children read the story individually so that I can hear their perspective of the story.  Then we read it together as a family (not all on the same day).  We read the devotion at the end of each chapter, discussed the Bible scripture, and I had them each answer the questions out loud.  By doing this, it helped to keep them engaged in the story.  The following day we answered the questions that are at the back of the book, this promoted more critical thinking.  There are two questions for each chapter, the first one is about the story, and the other one has the children reflect on how this affects their walk with Christ.  That, of course, is how we used the book.  You can cater this to meet the needs and wants of your family.  Here are some suggestions as to how you can use it.
For younger children, you may want to read the entire story and then discuss the questions as you'd like.
You can also stretch this out over eight weeks.  You can read a chapter a week and throughout the week discuss the devotion and lesson that is trying to be taught to the child. 

Our Final Thoughts

My nine-year-old son states, "I really like this book and Captain Sun.  I like how they made it a superhero story but also put bible devotions in it.  I like how they made the characters represent the Bible, but they didn't make them gods like in other stories.  Captain Sun represented the good in the world and Blackout represented a world of darkness.  I love the pictures, they seem real but still cartoony.  Mama, I want the second and third book."

My 11-year-old daughter says " I love this book and I like how they mentioned God and Jesus in it.  I really enjoyed the devotions, but I was not too fond of the way it ended because I still have questions and it left me hanging,  I like how they were creative with the character names, and they did not use characters that already exist.  I think this book teaches people that God will always be there even in times of darkness.  On a scale of one to ten, I would rank this book an eight."

My 12-year-old son states,  "I like how they made reference to the Bible.  I think that is smart because some kids prefer to read comics over the bible and this helps them get information about the bible.  Most comics can be really dark, so this is a good series for those that like comics but should not be reading them because they have no valuable lessons.  I like the way it teaches kids, who may idolize superheroes that Jesus is the real superhero!  I think children can learn that Jesus is the biggest Hero to ever live. I wish it would not have ended in mid-event, but now I can't wait to read the next one."

Overall, our family really enjoyed this story, my husband even listened in to the story, and he said he likes that it was indeed appropriate for children.  Most superhero books and movies are not for kids despite the fact they are rated as such.  We are all excited and can not wait to read the next two books in the series.

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