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Writer John Lindsay and Author House publishing recently released Consider the Stars. The 300 page book is a collection of 16 original stories and one act plays for faith-based dramatists.

A great story, like a catchy tune, sticks with you. It can quickly get under your skin and be impossible to forget. Stories have the power to mold character. They can be instructive, even critical, and, at the same time, entertain.

Consider the Stars’ stories include no superheroes or sorcerers yet succeed in capturing real conflict laced with a surprising amount of humor and surprise in the classic style of O. Henry. In the more dramatic works, “The Prisoner’s Task” and “Rachel’s Song”, the protagonists attempt to transform their respective opposition into heroes in true Dickens’ fashion.

Four of the stories in the Consider the Stars collection were part of a production entitled Act of God which was first produced in Branson, MO in 2005. The first sketch, “What’s in a Name”, depicts a morbid game show made up of recently deceased contestants. The game (which nobody wins) serves to further annoy the players who are oblivious to their own shortcomings. The comedy is enhanced by the invasive timing of sound effects which magnifies the chaos. Act of God’s final sketch, “The Battleground”, leads the reader on an adventure through a series of vignettes and cameo appearances by notable personalities. The underlying focus of the sketch exposes life’s distractions and reveals the most important issue human beings need to address.

Many of the Consider the Stars’ sixteen stories have seasonal themes. Five sketches fall into the Christmas category. Two sketches could easily be incorporated into a Good Friday or Easter celebration. “Resurrection Day Special Report” depicts the events leading up to and including Jesus’ crucifixion in a way suitable for younger audiences. The other stories in the collection deal with faith, hope, love, family, financial stewardship and the value of a good name.

Consider the Stars’ writer, John Lindsay, has acted and sung professionally for over 30 years. He has also written and produced several musicals, stories and songs prior to compiling this collection of his original faith-based one act plays.

Participation increases a sense of involvement. Each story is therefore followed by a short scriptural-based lesson plan. Director’s notes have also been added in order to allow them to be easily incorporated into any curriculum. Consider the Stars also offers a comprehensive analysis on the fundamentals of acting from a Christian perspective.

Each story may be simply read aloud or performed live to supplement an event or church service. The instructional chapters are worthwhile whether or not you consider yourself to be an actor. The section, “Encouragement and Criticism”, should be a prerequisite for every mentor. The chapters devoted to general acting techniques, certainly apply to those in the profession, but non-thespian readers who stay the course will likely benefit from the information as well.

Consider the Stars is more than a book on acting or a simple collection of faith-based sketches. Consider the Stars is a tool for character development which would be a valuable resource in any Christ-centered library.

Consider the Stars may be ordered through Author House, Barnes & Noble or Amazon and is available in hard and soft cover or as an e-book. You may also view recent articles by John Lindsay at http://considerthestars.com.

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