I was given a complimentary copy of The Action Bible: New Testament (e-book) by David C. Cook Publishing for the purposes of this review. This does not affect my review in any way (positive or negative).
The Action Bible New Testament is due to be released in March, 2012. The full Action Bible was released in September, 2010.
The introduction states that the intent of this work is to present God & Jesus as a heroic figure. Instead of being amazed at the fictional stories of Superman, we can be amazed at God's works. The hope is also that this will inspire readers to be active - to be "difference-makers."
The first thing I noticed when reading this NT was the artwork. The pictures are realistic, not cartoonish. Even as an adult, I found it enjoyable to look at the pictures. All those I viewed were tastefully done.
The next thing is, of course, the text. The text is not taken directly from any existing Bible version. It appears to have been written specifically for this Bible. It is a creative retelling of Biblical stories with additional information added. For instance, the book begins with the story of an old man being oppressed by a Roman soldier.
I have used picture Bibles in the past to stir up interest in children for reading the Bible. The Action Bible New Testament would certainly serve that purpose. It may be a stretch to call it a "Bible" since it does not present all the Scriptures. Also, it has information not taken from the Scriptures. But it certainly should interest young people while giving them an overview of some important Christian truths.
The Action Bible New Testament: God's Redemptive Story (Picture Bible)
The Action Bible