Tuesday, October 15, 2013

BOOK REVIEW "Messiah: Origin"

Mark Arey, Matt Dorff
 Kai Carpenter

From an array of iGadgets
to a host of various print
format translations, we
have greater access to a
wider selection of Bible
options today than ever
before. To me, the Word
of God is exciting stuff and
I'm always psyched to
make a new discovery
especially when it's a
particularly cool version.

The graphic novel genre has been around since the early 1960s. The Word of God has been around  a few years longer. MESSIAH: Origin is the riveting result of the two colliding. And the opening line of the Preface (almost) says it all — MESSIAH is unlike any Bible you have ever read. True dat.

As a kid, Bible stories came to life in the pages of the picture books that I combed through frequently while waiting at the doctor's office. Hey Mom, can we stop for ice cream on the way home? In my teens, I was drawn to the amazing artwork of Marvel Comics. Hmm, where'd I put  that new Nugent  8-Track? As an old man, I'm now completely consumed by the Word of God. I've fallen and I can't get up! And MESSIAH combines all of my past and present passions into one glorious, full-color, 175-page package!

(And it's pretty darn cool!)

MESSIAH is the culmination of an incredible team effort. Mark Arey does a fantastic job of translating from ancient Greek, while Matt Dorff adapts the text for the graphic novel format beautifully. And Kai Carpenter's artwork is simply superb. Together, their work presents a visual and flowing narrative harmony. It's the story of the early life of Jesus Christ as taken from the different perspectives of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and told in a single, continuous account.

In sum, MESSIAH: Origin will provide believers in all walks of their spiritual lives with a fun, fresh perspective on the Word of God and it's a powerful and effective faith tool for the young and the young at heart.

-Christopher Long
(October 2013)

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