It's not easy to find Christ-centered entertainment for the family during the Christmas season. There are plenty of movies and books that have, as a theme, "Christmas spirit" and "the spirit of giving." I agree that these are important themes. But do these movies and books really inspire us to think about the significance of the birth and life of Jesus Christ? I would argue that most do not.
If you're reading this page, chances are you've already been introduced to The Shepherds' Prayer. If so, you already know that this story is one of the very few Christmas stories that is based on the birth and life of Jesus Christ. You also know that the story, especially the audio drama, has a tremendous evangelical appeal. It's easy for the reader/listener to relate to the main character who is searching to try and find his place in the world. At the end of the story, he finds Jesus and his life is changed forever.
If you haven't been introduced to the story, please let me send you a complementary copy of the audio drama. Chuck Colson was so touched by the story that he made it the topic of his BreakPoint broadcast on Christmas Day 2006. I'm confident you will be similarly touched.
If you are involved in some way with a Christian church or organization, please consider giving, as a Christmas gift, copies of The Shepherds' Prayer audio drama. The cost for the CD in a beautifully designed cardboard sleeve is 49¢ each plus shipping. This is actually less than my cost for the duplication on these. We do not make any profit on these CDs or on the shipping.
So, why am I doing this? Because I believe so strongly in the message of the story that I want to get the story into the hands of as many Christians as possible.
If you have not heard the audio drama, let me assure you it is a very high quality production. If you are familiar with the Focus on the Family Radio Theatre productions, the quality is the same. The people who produced my audio drama have all been involved with FOTF productions for decades. The script was written by Dave Arnold, executive producer of FOTF's Adventures in Odyssey and many of their other radio specials. The show was produced and directed by Todd Busteed who produced all 144 of the Left Behind radio programs, and has been involved with many of the FOTF radio specials. The original musical score was created by John Campbell who has also done music for many of the FOTF specials.
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If your church would like to give these CDs as gifts, I would ask that you make the following suggestion to the families in the congregation. With so many audio/visual entertainment options out there, an audio drama doesn't really sound that appealing to most families.
Please suggest that they start a new Christmas tradition. Turn off all the lights in the house except the Christmas tree lights and maybe a fire. Snuggle up on the couch together, and listen to The Shepherds' Prayer.
I guarantee they will have a much more "family centered" experience than they ever could watching a movie together. Listening to a story in the dark allows each individual to "see" the story on the biggest movie screen of all, the imagination.
Even if there are children who are too young to appreciate the story, the memory of sitting in the dark all together in front of the lighted Christmas tree will create memories that will not soon be forgotten.
Thank you for considering this offer. Please call our office if you would like to order these CDs (They are not available to order online), or if you have questions about this offer. The toll-free number is 1-800-845-2025.
In Christ's Name,
Richard M. Barry