Edge of Faith July 2017 - Page 18

if that makes sense. And then in the middle, we have audio because audio is sound alone. What we are doing is that we’ve got voice and sound effects and music communicating and engaging us and our imagination in a way that requires more of us, but not as much as reading. I think it becomes intensely personal because you’ve got something whispering in your ear, in a way. It’s sort of like somebody leaning and whispering and the intensity of that. 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. To com- municate a story and all the things that we need to have in order to make the Bible real; to make our experience with God, and in particular our relationship with Christ, real in a way other than straight reading or watching something. Does that make sense? had people proclaiming the Word, proclaiming the stories, proclaiming everything in an audi- tory way. Frankly, there just wasn’t that much to watch. You could argue that maybe the stained glass windows were sort of like silent movies back in that time, and were valuable that way in telling stories and capturing moments in, say, the Old Testament or the life of Christ. But we have a great precedent for audio in terms of the Word being made real by becoming words and by becoming sounds. Yes, I think it does. I never really thought about it in that way before you mentioned all that, especially like when you read a book and then your mind’s eye develops all the characters and then you see the movie and you think, “That’s not what I envisioned.” Audio drama is the halfway mark; you are doing less work because you are listening, but you still have your mind’s eye developing it so it does make the written word more real.  They had other things to do rather than read. Yes, more intense and richer. What we often for- get, for example, is that until Guttenberg came along with the ability to mass-produce the Bible, primarily what you had around the world prior to that would have been visual representations or more often than not, you had audio procla- mation. Someone standing at the pulpit. You The short version of the story is that Dr. Dobson had been complaining about the negative impact of Saturday morning cartoons on kids. He wanted to put out a challenge to listeners of the radio program to do something about it. Often, the only way we respond is by saying, “Well, just turn off the TV.” But he was looking You can go back to even when we did have published writings but many people still didn’t bother learning to read, not because they were unintelligent, but because there was just no “return on investment” for their time, so they had people read to them or proclaim it, no matter how wealthy they were. Right. They either didn’t know how or were busy working in the fields or building their homes or whatever they were doing.  Adventures in Odyssey is one of your more well-known works. Could you tell us the inspiration for that very successful audio drama?