Eternity: A Graphic Novel
Randy Alcorn, author
Javier Saltares, artist
I read the PDF version.
Never Read a Graphic Novel? Read This One
Even if you have never read a graphic novel (comic book) before, as was the case for me, you will want to read Eternity. Randy Alcorn retells Jesus’ parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus by putting names and faces to the characters. Here’s the parable from Luke 16:19-31:
Jesus said, “There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury. At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores. As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores. Finally, the poor man died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and his soul went to the place of the dead. There, in torment, he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus at his side. The rich man shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am in anguish in these flames.’”
“But Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing, so now he is here being comforted, and you are in anguish. And besides, there is a great chasm separating us, no one can cross over to you from here, and no one cross over to us from there.’”
“Then the rich man said, ‘Please, Father Abraham, at least send him to my father’s home, for I have five brothers, and I want him to warn them so they don’t end up in this place of torment.’”
“But Abraham said, ‘Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read what they wrote.’”
The rich man replied, ‘No, Father Abraham! But if someone is sent to them from the dead, then they will repent of their sins and turn to God.’”
“But Abraham said, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen if someone rises from the dead.’”
Randy Alcorn portrays the pride and selfishness of the Rich Man and the humility of Lazarus, who is a beggar outside the Rich Man’s house. When Jesus comes through town, healing and teaching, Lazarus has a very personal encounter with Jesus.
Both men die and the difference in their funerals was as striking as the difference in their lives. Moreover, their eternal fates are equally different.
This is a profound presentation of some of the most important truths in the Bible. It will touch your heart. More importantly, it would be an easy thing to hand to someone who doesn’t know Jesus because the realities of choosing Jesus or not are depicted in clear ways that aren’t preachy or threatening. It’s an easy-to-read story that will make people think about what life is really all about and force them to confront the realities of an afterlife.
Eternity is a graphic novel suitable for children and adults. Get it for yourself. Get it for your kids. Get copies for your friends and neighbors who need to hear the message of Christ.
I give Randy Alcorn’s Eternity five cups of love.
At the time of this writing, I was able to obtain the PDF version from Christianbook.com for under $3. It’s totally worth it.
|Eternity–Graphic NovelBy Randy Alcorn / Kingstone Media GroupDiscover the classic story of the Rich Man and Lazarus taught by Jesus Christ with whole new eyes in this new graphic novel from bestselling author Randy Alcorn. Written by Alcorn and illustrated by artist Javier Saltares, Eternity takes readers on a journey into the realm of first century Jerusalem and then ultimately into two shockingly different spiritual dimensions. 128 pages, softcover.|
|Eternity – PDF Download [Download]By Randy Alcorn / Kingstone ComicsDiscover the classic story of the Rich Man and Lazarus taught by Jesus Christ with whole new eyes in this new graphic novel from bestselling author Randy Alcorn. Written by Alcorn and illustrated by artist Javier Saltares, Eternity takes readers on a journey into the realm of first century Jerusalem and then ultimately into two shockingly different spiritual dimensions. 128 pages, softcover.|