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Review & Giveaway: It’s Captain Sun

THIS DRAWING HAS ENDED

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I recently received a free copy of Rescue Me to read and review.

I always like to look at new resources to see if it is something I might be able to use and just to be informed of resources in general. You’d be surprised at how skeptical I can be about new resources I look at.

I found the comic book to be interesting. If you have faith in Jesus as your Savior, then you can quickly see where the story is going. When I read it, I found the story engaging and it kept my interest.

At the end of each segment (chapter), there is a newspaper type page that allows for discussion and spiritual application. At the end of the book are discussion questions, so there was much thought put into making this a resource to not only catch a child’s interest, but also to engage them in spiritual (Christian) things.

But I realized that what I thought about the book was really irrelevant. I am not the target audience. So after I received the book, I left it for a 5th grade boy and an 8th grade boy to look at and review. This would be the true test of the book.

Both of them found the comic book good, but they did not read the “newspaper” style application because it did not look like it was part of the story. So as a comic book, those pages may not be utilized if a child is reading the comic book on their own.

Next, I had the comic book with me reading it and some younger children (pre-K and 2nd grade) came and sat down next to me (pictured to the left) and I began reading the comic book to them. Two others joined me and again, the story held their interest and the were asking about the characters. I did not go into the questions at the end of the book, nor the “newspaper” pages.

Needless to say, the comic book was a hit with children of all ages and can be used as a great discussion starter to share the Gospel. The book end with the question “To Be Continued?” and I hope that it is and there are many more editions.

To help share this resource, I will be giving away the copy I received to review. If you would like a chance to receive a copy of the comic book, then simply visit their website and then come back and comment on this post with your initial thoughts and how you might use it.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, I will randomly select a winner from those who posted a comment below.

 

You can purchase it at the following links:

Rescue Me!: What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith

Rescue Me! (Super Nova Edition)

 

 

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  1. This looks really good. I suspect it might be a good learning tool for my four 2nd grade students. What is your opinion on the age range? How young and how old do you think it will generally captivate them?

    1. Jamie, I think it would be good for your 2nd graders. As I noted, I had children (boys) from preschool – 8th grade interested, in the book.

  2. This seems like a good resource that would be of interest to boys.

  3. I am T&T Boys and Girls Secretary at a fairly large church in Wichita, KS. I could see how this would be used to further enhance a child’s understanding of being “saved” and what Jesus did for us. Sometimes, it’s hard, as an adult to explain to a child in their terms, some of the things about the gospel. They can take things VERY literal, and if we, as adults aren’t careful, we can scare them away. This book seems a good way in using analogies, by using Super Heroes, something they definitely love and know about, and applying it to the Gospel. Something they will remember, and also be able to tell about themselves. 🙂

  4. This looks excellent. I would love to see how my 2 boys, 11 and 13 like it and then as commander I would pass it on to the T&T director to see if they would like us to order them as incentives for handbook time. Thanks for the info Commander Bill.

  5. After writing names on pieces of paper, placing them in a box and then shaking the box ….. the name that was drawn was …..

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    Jamie!!!!

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