I was really into comic books growing up and I am happy to report that I have not outgrown it. When I heard that there was an opportunity to review The Captain Sun Adventures and read Book 1, Rescue Me! What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith, you can bet I’m all over it like a radioactive spider on the arm of a teenager named Peter.
The format of the book is a part-comic book, part-devotional. There are panels showcasing the adventures of the superhero. The difference with other traditional comic books comes in with the devotionals that show up every couple of pages.
We read this book on a screen since I received a PDF copy. As a product, I have no complaints about the quality. It perfectly captures the comic book feel with bright colors and well-made illustrations. The expressions of the characters are also quite convincing.
We read the book leisurely during our spare time. I took about two weeks to do it because we would read a few pages each night before bed. Originally, I thought about incorporating it into our homeschooling lessons, but I’m glad it didn’t work out that way. This is because the kids took this as a fun activity where they didn’t feel pressured.
The devotional and the teaching don’t have to slap you hard in the face all the time. Wouldn’t it be great if the things we learn in church spilled over to the everyday activities we do, like reading a book?
This is exactly what this book accomplished. Sure, it has bible truths in its pages, but it is also a fun read. The story is not dry and completely captivated my kids. On that note, my kids, 3 and 6, were both listening to me read to them and they rarely agree on what’s interesting when it comes to books. That’s the highest seal of approval in this household.
My son, of course, was drawn immediately to the hero, Captain Sun. He loves all superheroes and this character ticks off all the boxes for him.
Finally, at the back of the book are additional questions for each chapter that can jumpstart deeper conversations.
From our experience, I can highly recommend this to other parents. It is age-appropriate, entertaining, and has commendable content. It’s a win-win.
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