“No Aunty Laura! Not like that! … Shall I just do it?” Those are the words of my nephew, aged five and trying to teach me how to play Minecraft. Needless to say I ended up in the water and hastily handed the controller back to him.
It’s safe to assume that I am not a Minecrafter! But I’m beginning to feel in the minority. In just 6 years Minecraft grew from indie game to one of the biggest franchises in computer game history, empowering players to create whole worlds with its simple brick-based system, such as the Bible!
The Unofficial Bible for Minecrafters uses the famous pixelated game to tell the story of Christianity in a way that is appealing to fans of Minecraft, regardless of age. We liked the concept so much, we even gave it an award!
Since the release of The Unofficial Bible for Minecrafters, the book’s creators, Garrett Romines and Christopher Miko, have gone on to release a combo of Old & New Testament stories, vividly bringing to life even more Bible tales.
2017 saw the release of two new books: The Unofficial Bible for Minecrafters: Heroes and Villains - six stories of the Bible's most well-known goodies and baddies and The Unofficial Bible for Minecrafters: Life of Jesus - Nine stories from the life and ministry of Jesus.
and this year the series is expanded even more with four brand new titles:
The Unofficial Bible for Minecrafters: Life of Moses - Bringing the story of Exodus to life! Follow Moses's life from his unique childhood to his incredible journey out of Egypt. Witness as God speaks to him through a burning bush and how, with God's help, he faces up to the evil Pharaoh
The Unofficial Bible for Minecrafters: The Jesus Followers - Stories of the disciple's. From the calling of the first fishermen to the miracle of Peter's escape from prison. Stories of brave and daring people – all created in Minecraft!
The Unofficial Bible for Minecrafters: Adventures of Paul - Readers will witness Paul's story as he performs miracles, survives a disaster at sea, and escapes prison.
The Unofficial Bible for Minecrafters: The Cross and the Miracle - The Easter Stroy told block-by-block. Following Jesus' last days from his journey into Jerusalem and his cruel death to his incredible resurrection.
For over six years it has captured the hearts and imagination of children and now that sense of awe and wonder is being channelled towards Bible stories, opening them up to 7-11s in a whole new way. In my opinion, that can only be a good thing and long may it continue!
Now, where's that computer controller?
April 17th, 2018 - Posted & Written by Laura White