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A Day in the Life of a Pair of Trousers and Other Stories is a book with 48 stories in it to help Christian leaders easily open up the Scripture to children using stories. As I have reviewed this book I can see how many of these stories would be helpful for use in family worship, church worship or as a devotional with your children.
From the Cover:
A Day in the Life of a Pair of Trousers and Other Stories: 48 Stories for Use in Christian Worship and on Other Occasions offers worship leaders a treasury that opens up the Scriptures to children.
The storyteller, Brian A. Curtis, recognizes the deep need for churches to share biblically grounded stories with children who come to worship, especially in congregations where worship tends to cater to adults. He also acknowledges the difficulties faced in asking children, who are unfamiliar with church practices, to gather at the front of the church. As a consequence, A Day in the Life of a Pair of Trousers and Other Stories is designed to work well with children, particularly with those who wish to remain seated with their families.
The stories use simple, colourful, and enchanting language to tell memorable tales that bring key biblical themes and texts to life. They can be read aloud, straight from the page, to children of all ages. Indeed, adults may well be found listening and engaged in the stories. Forty-four of the stories stand on their own. The remaining four are linked in episodic format intended to be used over consecutive worship services.
This collection of 48 stories equips worship leaders to offer uplifting biblical messages to children, especially to those who may be unfamiliar with Christian worship.
What do you get?
I received this book as an ebook version, so I can’t speak to what the physical book is like. I know that the ebook version I could only get to open in a browser. Which if you are at home works well, or if in a church with service would be excellent, otherwise you would need to print them off.
But you get 48 stories. You save time.
Each story comes with an engaging title and scripture link.
Each story is printed in a large font to make it easily readable. Written by Brian Curtis.
Each story has a moral or teaching point built into it. Do you see that divider built in? That’s the clue that the next section is the teaching point.
I can so very much see the helpfulness of this small book. Stories always cause ears to open. Once ears are open, teaching starts. These stories are very much geared to younger ears, but doesn’t a story cause older ears to open too? That’s part of the point of the stories isn’t it? To open ears so that God’s truth are more easily heard. I do dislike that that in the closing, actual scripture isn’t being used. It’s all just “this is how to be a better person” or “this is how to live a better life”.