3 Reasons Why Christian Comic Books Rock!
3 Reasons Why Christian Comic Books Rock
by Mario DeMatteo, Summer 2020
It is no secret that a battle for our children’s hearts and minds is being waged on all sides. The world is trying desperately to extinguish the Good News of Jesus. Recent Gallup reports have shown a massive decline in church membership among millennials and future generations. But do not fear, our God is the all-powerful God and He has empowered his followers with the creative strength to move mountains.
One awesome creative way to inspire our kiddos to read the Bible and learn more about Jesus Christ is through a visual language kids already love and understand: comic books and graphic novels. Below are three reasons (Entertaining, Edifying, Educational) why Christian comic books and Christian graphic novels are great ministry tools for your family and Church youth group.
1. Christian Comics & Graphic Novels are Entertaining
The popularity of comic books and graphic novels for kids is on the rise in schools, libraries, and bookstores. Chances are your children have already checked out the newest volume of Dog Man or the Bone series. Many of these books are great resources to keep our children off their digital devices and engaged in reading wonderfully illustrated entertaining stories. How cool would it be if we could include Christ-centered comic books and graphic novels in with the mix of their other favorite books? There are many Christian comic books and graphic novels available that can do just that. Children are often swept away by the amazing comic book art in Christian comics, depicting the action and adventure of popular or even lesser known Bible stories.
2. Christian Comics & Graphic Novels are Edifying
It can be a challenging endeavor to find edifying books that captivate our children’s imaginations. There are many books out there that might seem harmless at first glance, later to find out they are subversively promoting dangerous worldly ideas. Christian comic books and Christian graphic novels have the unique ability to entertain our children, while at the same time feeding them edifying Christ-centered stories and messages. The comic book art draws children into the Bible stories, bringing them to life in a way many children have never experienced before.
3. Christian Comics & Graphic Novels are Educational
Studies are showing that children who read comic books and graphic novels at an early age are developing strong reading comprehension skills and vocabularies. The combination of images and text encourage children to engage with stories using different parts of their brain to forge deeper connections. This is especially true with Bible-based comic books and graphic novels. Christian comics and graphic novels are able to imprint Bible images and messages onto our children’s hearts and minds that last. This is especially true for visual learners. The visual art adds a little extra support that helps kids navigate through the complex stories of the Bible.
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