Story Secrets from Scripture

Story Secrets from Scripture: Develop and Deliver Children’s Stories for Worship, VBS, and Bible Study



Long before Aristotle wrote that a story must have a beginning, a middle, and an end, Moses had already applied this structure in the early chapters of Genesis. During His earthly ministry Jesus incorporated the use of parables as His primary teaching technique.

In this book, Story Secrets from Scripture, you will discover why structure in stories is important, how Jesus effectively used parable story teaching, and how you can too. After reading this book you will be able to:

  • Use a simple five-part structure to plan any story
  • Apply Bible-based approaches to introducing and concluding a story
  • Find personal experiences to adapt for use as teaching stories
  • Effectively use props, handouts, and slides
  • Find opportunities to improve and share stories

Included in the book are numerous parables of Jesus and examples of personal stories. While an entire library of books exists on understanding story structure, writing screenplays, and how to improve public speaking by telling stories, Story Secrets from Scripture was specifically written to bring you the essential information you need to refresh your story telling techniques or get started for the first time on the exciting journey of telling short children’s stories.

About the Author

Douglas G. Pratt is a life-long learner who resides with his wife and daughter near Chattanooga, Tennessee. Born to teachers (Mom-English, Dad-Computer Technology), Doug writes frequently about more effective ways to communicate and learn. He graduated from Southern Adventist University with a degree in behavioral science and from Middle Tennessee State University with a master’s degree in clinical psychology. Doug shares pictures and infographics on Instagram (@88keys2happiness) and contributes to, a blog with posts covering technology, communication, note taking and learning.