Edge of Faith July 2017 - Page 17

I just started doing that as a matter of creativity and it’s funny, because I was only thinking recently about how my grandparents had this small, portable reel-to-reel with all these little tapes that they had and how I would put that together. I would assemble it and actually create little audio dramas. Honestly, it was because I didn’t have a camera and it was just something to do to be creative; but this would have been when I was seven, eight, nine years old, something like that. So really, the whole desire or passion to express myself creatively goes way, way back. I’m a bit of an opportunist; I don’t know how else to say it, but pretty much the directions that I have gone creatively were in some ways determined by opportunity. For example at my church, Grace Baptist Church, which was my forma- tive church for me when I was growing up, they were very arts minded and I had an opportu- nity to start writing dramatic sketches through these productions that we would do. These short sketches led to one-act plays and then full-length plays and then that connected me to Focus on the Family where they were centered around audio because it’s a radio broadcast. Then Dr. Dobson had said, “Let’s create a pro- gram for kids.” I got pulled in that direction, which then led to the opportunity to do novels and to do other sorts of things. So, it all flowed together out of that initial passion. My journey, the way the river has gone, is kind of around rocks and down tributaries and down into other directions in order to lead me to do what I’m doing now. For me, the power of audio drama and the use of sound, as we know from music and things like that, is just a power- ful way to communicate God’s message. What do you feel it is about audio drama that makes it a good vehicle for delivering God’s message to His people? Somebody did sort of this spectrum, a graph or whatever showing that when it comes to how we engage with the arts, whatever that may be, there are varying levels of engagement in terms of what our brain does. So, for example, reading. When you think about it, reading is probably the hardest because we take these symbols on a page (or however we are reading), convert those into words, which go into paragraphs, which goes into a lot of different things and out of that, our imagination turns all of those things into something we visualize and then something we think about and some- thing we feel. That’s a fairly intensive experience. Then on the far end of the spectrum, on the other side, would be movies where everything visually and auditory, everything, is sort of spelled out for us.  It requires less of us, which doesn’t mean it’s less engaging, it just requires less of