Book Review: “Manasseh: The Comeback King” by Isaac Tan, Rachel Ang, and Lim Zhi Chuan (2007)

Graphic novels are certainly not my norm, but when I came across this little 3-chapter read in my pastor’s library, I knew I had to read it. For one thing, I don’t know nearly as much as I ought to about the historical kings of Israel and Judah; for another, I need a good refresher in youth fiction.

Though I have little basis to which I can compare, I thought the artistry was superb for its age-level and content. The writing was clear with just enough background information to keep the reader engaged, even if he knew nothing before of the Assyrians, Hezekiah, or even Baal. The intended audience appears to be Christian youth, which, though a relatively small niche demographic, could be a potential springboard for the publishing house (RBC Ministries) to get their talent and message out to a broader audience.

I enjoyed the devotional tie-ins at the end of the book, taken directly from David and Manasseh: Overcoming Failure, a book in the Discovery Series Bible Study collection. Though few in number for this age-group, the questions were thought-provoking and had an emphasis not merely on spiritual growth in general, but also in purposeful Bible study. For its intent on growing Christian youth into stronger believers aware of and depend upon “God’s unimaginable grace” and for its creative artistry, I’d highly recommend this book for Christian youth.

©2015 E.T.

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