Thursday, July 10, 2014

James A Letter to the Scattered

imageJames – A Letter to the Scattered (A Graphic Novel Translation)
By Earnest Graham
Published at Olive Branch Books – a Peace Hill Press imprint

About the book

For two thousand years, a single ancient letter has inspired deed of world-changing bravery and compassion.

In James: A Letter to the Scattered, Earnest Graham’s dramatic illustrations follow women and men around the globe and through time. Follow hunted Christians into Roman catacombs, accompany errands of mercy in modern hospital corridors, see courage and kindness amidst the carnage of the Thirty Years’ War, witness the fight for justice in 19th-century Mexico, and march beside protestors in 1960s Alabama.  A Letter to the Scattered, the first in a series of graphic novels from Olive Branch Books, brings the ancient wisdom of the Epistle of James to a new audience.

Who is Earnest Graham?

The Rev. Earnest Graham is an illustrator and a pastor. He and his family live in Virginia.  See more of his work at

My Thoughts

This beautifully illustrated graphic novel will bring the scriptures from the book of James relevant through historical events going from the 1st century to the 21st century.  The illustrations are stunning and follow the text found in the Bible.   I will admit that I sat down with the graphic novel and my NIV Bible to compare the text and though my version of the Bible was slightly different I could see that the author has taken the Scriptures word for word in the graphic novel.

This graphic novel based on the book of James is a great way to introduce the kids to this specific book of the Bible and also give them visualization based on historical events through time.  For example, when in James 4:1-10 it mentions wars the illustrations depict Central Europe during The Thirty Years War in the 17th Century. 


I think putting Christian graphic novels in the hands of kids and teenagers is a wonderful way for them to read the Scriptures and visualize it at the same time.   Our family loves comic books and we have our share of Christian version of some of the Bible stories whether it is with Jesus, a graphic novel Bible or an Archie version of the prodigal son.   Contrary to the popular belief, comic books could be a great way for a young person to practice reading.  Not everyone enjoys reading books and novels.   My husband developed his reading by doing it with comic books when he was younger (he is dyslectic) and this gave him the confidence at some point to try out reading novels eventually. 

So if your child is having issues reading the Bible on a regular basis, I strongly suggest that you consider investing in graphic novels that will bring the Scriptures to live for him/her.   It will make a huge difference for a struggling reader.

James: A Letter to the Scattered is available for purchase at your favourite boosktore, even and


Disclaimer: Thanks to Olive Branch Books for sending me the above mentioned book for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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