The Third Day Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  April 19, 2014
The Third Day: The Gospel of Luke 22-24 Book Cover The Third Day: The Gospel of Luke 22-24
Alex Webb-Peploe
Graphic Novel
The Good Book Company
February 15, 2014

The first in a range of short graphic-novel-style books faithfully illustrating the unadorned text of the gospel of Luke.

It has a gritty, contemporary feel to it that is far removed from the clean, bright, graphic versions of the Bible already available for younger children.

This resource will introduce the biblical account of Easter to teens and young adults who enjoy reading illustrated graphic media.

The Third Day covers the Gospel of Luke chapters 22 to 24, the betrayal, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, using the HCSB.

Over the next week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for The Third Day: The Gospel of Luke 22-24 by Alex Webb-Peploe (The Good Book Company, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

This is a title that I would highly recommend to be provided by churches to all ages in their Sunday School curriculum or as a handout to the entire church body. While the graphic novel approach may be foreign to some, those who take the time to engage this type of work will find it highly useful and thoroughly engaging while bringing the reader into a deeper knowledge of the events of this pivotal moment in world history, driving home the importance of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Reviewer: Michael Boling (
Rating: 5 Stars

The Third Day is a great way to add to your teen’s understanding of the crucifixion. I read somewhere (and now I can’t find where…) that this 48-page full color book with a glossy, thick paperback cover is the first of a series. I hope that’s true. My boys love comics, and I think Alex Webb-Peploe, André Parker, and The Good Book Company did a fantastic job.”
Reviewer: Danika Cooley (
Rating: 5 Stars

I also loved that inaddition to being biblically correct, this graphic novel is also ethnically correct. In a world full of white Jesus movies, yellow-haired stained glass Christs, and other pasty renderings, it is refreshing to see an artistic presentation of Jesus that presents Him as an olive-skinned Mediterranean Jew. This is a marked improvement on the ‘traditional’ blue-eyed Jesus often imaged through Western media and art. The illustrations in this book are strong and dynamic, well-inked and colored. I am impressed. I give this book 4.5 stars and recommend it for young adult and teenagers, children and other fans of ‘great literature.’
Reviewer: James Matichuk (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend The Third Day for young people who find the story of Jesus (or the church’s modern re-telling of it) boring, uninspiring, or unrealistic. If you’re a parent or a youth minister, get a copy (or many copies) and give them away. My hope is that God will use this graphic novel, and others like it, to help young people to take Scriptures and the gospel story within it seriously.”
Reviewer: James Pruch (
Rating: 5 Stars

“My guess is your kids, especially if they are mid-elementary through junior high aged boys, would love this. And with a price point of under seven bucks, this is extremely easy to put in their hands. I would highly recommend that you do so.”
Reviewer: Jeff Randleman (
Rating: 5 Stars

I recommend the comic book for kids probably 8-13.  For the fact that they publishers didn’t fluff the images with make-believe dialogue, but rather 100% of the text comes directly from the Scriptures, I can recommend it for all.
Reviewer: Ryan Rickard (
Rating: 4 Stars

This book is not for younger children because it does show Jesus in different stages of the crucifixion. As an aside I was pleased to see that the artist placed the nails in the correct spot on Jesus’ wrists instead of the hands like so many books do. It makes it easier on us Bible teachers when we do not have to retrain the students with how it actually (most-likely) happened. The story is tight and uses the Holman Christian Bible translation as all of the text for the comic, and as I said earlier it follows the story of the Gospel of Luke, chapters 22-24.
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

The authors and illustrators did a fantastic job of brining God’s redemption to life as told by Luke. I definitely recommend this edition for any teen, tween and in between!
Reviewer: Heidi Smith (
Rating: 4 Stars

I would love to see the entire book of Luke, and for that matter all of the Bible, presented in this format by these artists. Their talent for packing a lot of message into each frame is immense. For a generation which has grown up in the world of digital media, this work makes an important contribution to a deeper understanding of Jesus and His mission on earth.
Reviewer: Beverly Terry (
Rating: 5 Stars

“The book is wonderfully illustrated and so captures the emotion behind the scenes  and passion of the week. I love the idea of this series. I think that there is a definite group of teens and even younger or older kids (aka adults) who will be intrigued by this series… I hope that they have success in this project and that additional title will be released.”
Reviewer: Mike Tiede (
Rating: 4 Stars

Those who love looking at pictures would love the book. It would encourage children (or adults) who are not inclined to read the Bible to be captivated by the drawings and be drawn into the story.
Reviewer: Ben Toh (
Rating: 4 Stars

The pictures are well drawn making the illustrations easy to follow. The dialogue is from the HCSB making the language easy to for teens to relate. This is an excellent resource for both individual and youth group study.
Reviewer: Joanne Viola (
Rating: 5 Stars

I would recommend this as a resource to be given to young teenagers.  They may find that The Third Day helps the story to come alive for them.  It is very well done.
Reviewer: Adam Blosser (
Rating: 3 Stars

“It has a gritty, contemporary feel to it that is far removed from the clean, bright, graphic versions of the Bible already available for younger children. This resource will introduce the biblical account of Easter to teens and young adults who enjoy reading illustrated graphic media.”
Reviewer: Mary Ann Bell (
Rating: 4 Stars

The pictures are fantastic! Peploe and Parker capture the emotions swirling throughout the betrayal, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. The Pharisees’ anger boils on their faces. The recipients of Jesus’ healing have a look of awe and bewilderment. The women that followed Jesus are overjoyed at the news of His resurrection. Peter’s impulsive words and actions jump off the pages… This is a great resource for pre-teens and young adults, and I also found it helpful in my own devotions.
Reviewer: Dave Buller (
Rating: 5 Stars

The Third Day has impressive artwork that captures the emotion, detail, humanity, and seriousness we find in Luke 22-24. I have to admit that I was stunned with artists’ ability to depict the passage of Scripture without changing it, which reveals their high value of the Word of God, and desire to share the Gospel through a widely-loved medium.”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain (
Rating: 3 Stars

“Overall, I would recommend The Third Day: The Gospel of Luke Chapters 22-24 to make the passion story accessible to comic book fans. Nit-pickiness aside, anything you can do to make the story of Christ’s death and resurrection more accessible to people is worth recommending.”
Reviewer: Kevin Halloran (
Rating: 3 Stars

The artwork is fantastic and the story itself is something kids need to know about and it will keep their interest. Older children can easily read it by themselves. I highly recommend this for parents of young children and for older children to read so they can better visualize what took place in history.
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert (
Rating: 5 Stars

The Third Day is a sweet little volume that portrays Luke 22-24 in graphic-novel format with no supplementary verbiage or glorified gore. I loved it, and I most certainly expect that kids in the preteen/teen age bracket will eat it up even more.
Reviewer: Hope Henchey (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I was very pleased with this comic and am glad that resources like this are available for my children.  While it does not replace their regular Bible reading, it is a blessing to have material like this for them that they can read in their leisure time.  I would recommend this book to families with children who enjoy comic books and for any family looking to add good material to supplement and enhance their children’s Bible reading.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker (
Rating: 4 Stars

“It has a gritty, contemporary feel to it that is far removed from the clean, bright, graphic versions of the Bible already available for younger children. This resource will introduce the biblical account of Easter to teens and young adults who enjoy reading illustrated graphic media.”
Reviewer: Ginger Barber (
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a great graphic novel for the Easter season”
Reviewer: Tom Farr
Rating: 4 Stars

This graphic novel was a good rendition of the Gospel of Luke 22-24.  If you like to read graphic novels, then you will really enjoy this one.  If you don’t like reading them, this might be a good introduction for you.  I thought it was really good and I recommend it.
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book for teens and those who like comic books and graphic novels”
Reviewer: Veronica Sternberg
Rating: 5 Stars

“The editors brought to life a compelling and clear graphic of the Gospel of Luke – chapters 22-24”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend this book”
Reviewer: Donna Safford
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
The Third Day: The Gospel of Luke 22-24 by the Grace of God by Alex Webb-Peploe is available at your local Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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