New Story Ideas…

I have been thinking for the last couple of weeks about doing a series of stories based on the first eleven chapters of Genesis. It has been impressed on me that most people that leave the church do so because they lose confidence in the scripture.

That erosion of confidence begins with attempts to blend the Genesis accounts with science. Invariably, attempts to blend the two put the scripture in the backseat and it is bent to conform with science. The problem with that is that the only way you can do that is to stop believing in that portion of scripture as the literal, inspired Word of God and relegate it to the level of myths and fairy stories.

While I am neither a scientist nor a creation apologist, I do believe that God’s word is to be taken literally as His inspired communication to us and not as a myth or a fairy story.

I am working out now how to do this from a child’s point of view. I have an interesting idea about how to that. I will report more on this later.

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Some stories are best when read aloud…

I have been thinking lately about what might distinguish one story from another. I determined that some stories, like those of Dr. Seuss work best when read aloud so that the listener can hear the music of the rhymes.

Other stories are better when the listener has the benefit of voice of the reader adding inflections to the words that the author intended but sometimes don’t come through the typeface on the page.

Stories that are read aloud also allow the reader to use different voices to the characters which increases the realism for the hearer.

I remember the first time I heard a book read allowed as an adult. I was immediately hooked on the medium and could not wait for that time each day when I could hear the next chapter read to me. It transported me back to when I was a child and heard stories read aloud to me.

I am also a huge fan of old time radio. There are decades of recordings of the “Golden Age” of radio where each program was essentially a story read aloud dramatically with the added benefit of sound effects. I have spent many hours under the spell of “The Shadow”, “Fibber McGee & Molly” and many others.

I like to think that Bible stories fit into this same category. The stories are real and too often we turn off our minds to the action in the stories simply because we’ve read or heard the stories so many times. We tune out and no longer become engaged with the characters and the lessons intended.

When I write a story to tell in Sunday School or at AWANA or even to my Friday Night Street Ministry audience, I try to take the audience back into the life of the story. I am telling as though it were the first time for me again. I try to get inside the story so we can smell the dust in the wind, feel the sand between our toes or the splash of the wave.

I write my stories to be read aloud. I write them so that, when I read them, I can inject (with my voice) real human feeling into them. I don’t always succeed but that is my goal.

One person that knows me well, read the stories in my book “The Kid Inside Bible Stories” and said that they could hear my voice in the words that they read. They could imagine me reading the story aloud. Wow! That was exciting for me to hear.

If you pick up my book, I would challenge you to read the stories out loud (and preferably to a child). Then write a comment about how that went. Here’s the link:

 http://www.amazon.com/Kid-Inside-Bible-Stories-ebook/dp/B007BGZMGI

Why we tell stories…

I have been thinking about this a lot since my book of Bible stories came out a few days ago. Actually it has been on my mind for a long time and was a major reason why I wrote the stories in the book.

We tell stories for two major reasons.

One is to transmit truth in an easily understandable way. (This reason has been subverted often to make people believe lies but, that would be another story for another time.)

The other would be to entertain. We see this in the many books, magazines, movies and television shows that abound in our world. Entertainment is one of the key industries and telling a story is almost always a key factor.

My stories are primarily for truth transmission but, I also hope for a bit of the entertainment factor to maintain interest in the story so that the truth can gain entrance.

I believe that God gave us story telling as a medium for conveying the truth of His Word to anyone who will listen. That is why the stories we tell need to be of the highest quality. If we take the examples that He has given us in the Bible, the bar is set very high and acts as a challenge to Christian writers and story tellers to engage their audiences with their best.

I sincerely hope that my readers will enjoy the stories that I have written. But even more than that, I hope that the truth of God’s Word comes through clearly.

Ten units sold on the first day!

Wow! I was very pleasantly surprised to see “The Kid Inside Bible Stories” sell ten units on the very first day. While not exactly denting the best seller lists, it certainly made me smile. I am hoping that you all will take the plunge and pick up a copy. I think you will like the stories and it would certainly go a long way to encouraging me to produce more books. I have a lot of stories written that could be put into future volumes of a series.

I am also working on more ideas for stories specifically about the first eleven chapters of Genesis. The working title is “The Genesis Chronicles.” I have an intriguing idea for how to get a kid inside the story of creation. I am working on the outline for it now.

I chose Genesis because of it’s pivotal role in the belief structure and world view of Christians. If we try to treat those chapters (especially creation) as allegory and myth, then there is no point in taking the rest of scripture literally. We have disconnected from the full power of God by saying that He is not big enough to do what it says He did in those chapters.  Think about it. I have been.

It’s ready and online!

The book is now ready for sale on Amazon at the affordable price of $2.99. It is available now only in Kindle (e-reader) format but, if there is enough demand, we can also try to make it available in Print On Demand format as well.

I am really looking forward to peoples comments.

Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007BGZMGI

Here is the link to the Kindle application so that you can read it on your computer or phone:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771