book cover for "Worth Telling Again: 10 stories from the Gospels to read aloud" by Mark R. TurnerHere is a volume you can use to share and participate with other readers.  Drawn from Turner’s 50-year career of writing, performing and producing for theater and film, 10 scripts are prepared for groups to read aloud or even perform for an audience.

Printed script size, 8.5×11, spiral bound for easy handling in reading sessions, these short pieces are stories of incidents and parables retold from the Gospels. They are not paraphrases of scripture, but are set mostly in the current era, using current English, filling in details natural to the situations implied by the ancient texts.

Steps for organizing your own reading group are offered in the introduction. Presented in reader’s theater style integrating narrative with dialogue, each script includes background on characters, scripture references, the history of the script and the approximate time length. This volume will be an excellent tool which your group can use to experience together deeper meanings and the relevance of these ancient stories.

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Browse the Table of Contents to see the stories offered.

“Born Blind”     17 minutes, 7-19 readers, John 9, (dramatization of Jesus healing the man born blind)

“Campaign Supper”      8 minutes, 12-15 readers,  Matt. 26:17-28; Mark 14:17-28; Luke 22:7-30; John 13:4-15, (dramatization of the Last Supper in the setting of a modern company dinner)

“Finding Peter”      9 minutes, 6 readers,   Matt. 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-10; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18; Raising Lazarus – John 11:1-44; Magdalene anointing Jesus’ feet – John 12:1-11, (drama of Peter hiding after the crucifixion, being found and finally running out to see the empty tomb)

“Where’s My Sting?”  10 minutes, 4 readers,  I Corinth. 15:55 (Hos. 13:14); Rev. 1:18, (comedy – Death and his servants discover one of their catches (that Nazarene fellow) has escaped)

“You After All”    14-16 minutes, 7-19 readers,   John 11:1-44, (drama with poetry of Lazarus’ resurrection set in an early twentieth century rural village)

“Café Water”   5-6 minutes, 6-11 readers,   John 4:1-26, 28-29, (dramatization of Jesus and the woman at the well set in a modern, urban café)

“A Good Man Once a Monster”   5-6 minutes, 5-7 readers,   Luke 8:26-39, (dramatization of Jesus and the man possessed of Legion)

“City Seed”   9 minutes, 5-7 readers,  Matt. 13:3-9, 18-23; Mark 4:3-9, 14-20; Luke 8:5-8, 11-15, (drama based on Jesus’ parable of the sower and the soils set in current day)

“The Morning Announcement”   5-7 minutes, 5-8 readers,   Matt. 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-10; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18, (dramatization of the women disciples telling the men disciples about the resurrection)

“The Prodigal Son”    4 minutes, 4-10 readers,    Luke 15:11-32, (a paraphrased voicing of Jesus’ parable with some humorous twists)

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This book also offers licenses to copy individual scripts, make private recordings of your readings, perform scripts for paying audiences and for many other uses. Click HERE.