According to author and storyteller David Edgren, telling stories through the experiences of young people in the Bible helps our children understand God’s Word. Edgren spoke about his passion for communicating the story of Jesus to children at the launch of his new book, Outside the doorat the Adventist Book Center in Melbourne on Sunday, March 6.
“The story of Jesus is alive and active in each of us as we make it real in the way we treat those around us,” says Edgren, who is now the author of ten books and regularly shares these stories in social networks. churches in recent years. .
Published by Signs Publishing, Outside the door tells the story of Rhoda, the servant girl remembered in Acts 12 for leaving Peter standing in the doorway after his miraculous release from prison. The story imagines the details of that night, recounting how Rhoda might have experienced the early church as she prepared the Lord’s Supper for the praying disciples, then became a member of God’s family and a servant. of his community, not just his home.
Written for 6-12 year olds, Outside the door brings to life the spirit of the early church, showing how they remembered Jesus at every meal and ministered to the needs of the poor in their communities. “In our churches, the communion service is often so ritualized that children watch without understanding,” says Edgren. “I wanted them to ‘understand’ through the head, heart and hands of a child. Through the Lord’s Supper, Rhoda understands, feels and experiences the gift of Jesus on the cross all at once.
“Dave is a creative and engaging storyteller, and we enjoy working with him to create books that are a resource for families to read together,” says Nathan Brown, book editor at Signs Publishing. “These books are great stories, but they also include questions to stimulate conversations and dig deeper into the biblical truths they present.”
Continuing the themes of Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection in his earlier books, The perfect lamb (2013) and just believe (2021), Edgren’s desire to Outside the door is for children to see that “Jesus came to our sinful world to save us all. Now we are the sent ones. To keep the body, blood and righteousness of Jesus for ourselves is madness!”
The first two of these books were used by the Adventist Church in Romania to share the stories of Jesus. Tens of thousands of copies of the Romanian-language editions of these books have been distributed to schoolchildren across the country and to the Romanian Adventist Publishing House, Viata Si Sanataterecently licensed the Romanian rights to Outside the door.
Outside the door and other books by Edgren are available at Adventist bookstores in Australia and New Zealand or in line.