Thanks to Book Sneeze, we had the opportunity to review a Bibleman live adventure. Charles was especially excited because Bibleman is a super hero.
Bibleman is a spiritual super hero. He came to know the Lord as a young boy during a difficult time in his life, and as he grew he studied and learned the Bible to join the ranks of those who use God Word to stand against evil!. This particular DVD is a live action drama filmed in front of a live audience in a church.
Bibleman and his friends find a secret weapon. It is so new and so secret that no one knows exactly how it works. Before they can discover the secret of the weapon and how to use it, it is stolen by the powers of evil. The evil ones attempt to find out the secret of the weapon and use it against Bibleman and his friends. Bibleman and his friends recover the weapon and find out what it really is in time. Along the way, they learn more about the power of God's Word to defeat evil.
This was the first Bibleman movie I have seen, although I have heard of them and seen them in Christian book stores. I didn't realize that it was a live drama being performed in front of an audience. Ashlyne and Rachel (ages 5 and 4) enjoyed the movie more than Charles (age 9). Charles did get caught up in the action and watching to see if the secret weapon would be recovered. Charles and I both liked the use of Scripture all throughout the show.
At the end of the movie, a very straightforward Gospel presentation is given. I did like that, but I did not like the fact that they gave a "pray this prayer after me" invitation on the DVD. [I'm not really a fan of salvation invitations where children come forward and repeat a prayer. I prefer that children are counseled individually, so that their questions can be answered and they can have a better understanding of what they are doing. (Just my personal opinion, feel free to disagree.)]
Overall, I think we liked the video and would probably watch more of them with my children. We like to memorize Scripture with the kids, and this was a great tool for that. I would recommend it especially for younger kids who will like the drama and special effects and won't think the acting is a bit corny.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com