Check out the following review of my graphic novel Eternity by 12-year-old Katie Williams, who I’m told writes her own blog, including book reviews, by herself, without assistance from adults. (In fact, since nearly everything I write gets edited, I get more assistance from adults than she does!)
My friend Roger Manning gave Katie the book and alerted me to her review, which became an instant favorite. I love her heart, her mind and her writing. I hope you’ll explore her website yourself, and maybe send your kids and grandkids there. We need more young people, and people of every age, like Katie.
For my birthday, I was given the book Eternity by Randy Alcorn. (Thank you, Mr. Manning!) Being an avid reader, I quickly dove into this book. Since I don't read comic books very often, I was rather skeptical. However, in a few minutes I was so enthralled that I don't think I would've noticed if the house were burning down!
Eternity illustrates the parable of the rich man and Lazarus through the eyes of the rich man's servant. It also tells of Jesus' teachings, crucifixion, and victory over sin and death. In this one hundred twenty plus page book, Mr. Alcorn skillfully weaves together two seemingly separate stories into an intriguing and thought provoking book. Some details and conversations have been added, but they fit with the time period, and aren't contrary to Scripture.
True to comic book style, Eternity is filled with wonderful illustrations, and amazing details. Another thing that I feel is very well portrayed is the emotion. Everything from the grief felt by Jesus' followers at his death, to the angels' righteous zeal for justice is captivating. Eternity doesn't give just the bare facts. While reading the book, I found it easy to understand what the characters were thinking, and the reasons behind their choices. Very few books I have read are able to do that.
Eternity isn't just for believers. The story requires no foreknowledge of the Bible, and the Gospel is clearly presented at the end of the book.
Thanks, Katie, for the great review! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. I have another graphic novel, about the Apostle Paul, that I just finished writing, and the artists are doing a terrific job on it right now! It will also be published by Kingstone, and I will be sure to send you a copy.
You might enjoy the two-minute trailer for Eternity also:
For readers, please also check out Katie’s thoughtful review of the popular song “Let It Go,” from the Disney movie “Frozen.” This is the kind of discernment we as believers should seek to cultivate.
Keep writing, Katie!!!!! And may many others follow your example.
Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries.