Famous Bible parables like The Good Samaritan and Prodigal Son offer powerful messages of hope, love, and wisdom that can benefit our lives today. Hope Refreshed brings six parables back to life again as they are retold as relatable, modern stories. The plots are the same, yet each parable is transformed into a contemporary short story with dramatic plots and compelling characters in present-day predicaments. Each retold parable still delivers their messages of wisdom in the twenty-first century! If you’re not familiar with these parables that’s okay, the stories were written with you in mind. Each retelling is entertaining, and the message in the parable is easily understood. If the parables are already familiar to you, the retelling will also entertain and reinvigorate your understanding of the messages that Jesus delivered two thousand years ago. All readers will appreciate the messages of grace, love hope, and redemption that have stood the test of time.
Zack is a young, successful banker, but but has a tendency to push the gas to the floor and take a lot of risk so Zack is nervous about his lunch with the bank president. Will Zack get the promotion he feels he deserves? If so, how will he act with all the new fame and fortune?
John is a different kind of campaign manager. He's thinks his candidate can win by running a clean campaign. I know. Don't laugh. It works in the beginning, but the wheels fall off when career politician and expert mudslinger Brian enters the race. John is handed some dirt on Brian that will kill any chance of him winning. What will John do?
Famous Bible parables like The Good Samaritan and Prodigal Son offer powerful messages of hope, love, and wisdom that can benefit our lives today. Hope Refreshed brings six parables back to life again as they are retold as relatable, modern stories. The plots are the same, yet each parable is transformed into a contemporary short story with dramatic plots and compelling characters in present-day predicaments. Each retold parable still delivers their messages of wisdom in the twenty-first century! All readers will appreciate the messages of grace, love hope, and redemption that have stood the test of time.
In Judgment Day, the first story in the Hope Refreshed Collection of Modern Parables, party campaign manager John choose to run a clean campaign to bring trust and integrity back to the party. His nemesis and mudslinger Brian jumped into the race and turned John's plans upside down. John wants to stay the course, but the poll results from the first debate indicate that may not be possible. What will John do next?
Campaign Manager John wants to run a clean campaign, but new candidates, donors and scandals are making it very challenging. He receives information that could make his life easier, but would require him to compromise his ethics. What does John choose?
Alex has really disappointed his family and especially his father with his poor decisions, but he knows his father still loves him. This excerpt includes the point where Alex makes the decision, with the help of a volunteer at the homeless shelter, to stop running from his problem and call his father. The response to the call surprises even Alex.
This excerpt explains how the concept of Hope Refreshed was conceived. If you are familiar with famous Bible parables like The Prodigal Son, The Good Samaritan and others you will enjoy how they are retold as modern stories that entertain and enlighten!
Zack is driven to prove he can be more successful than any of his former classmates. He works hard and gets his big break early in his career. Does it lead to the prestige, honor and happiness he has always envisioned?
The concept for Hope Refreshed came in the back of the room during preteen youth ministry one Sunday. The instructor was teaching the students complicated messages in the Bible by telling his personal stories that were highly entertaining, relatable and informative. I noticed the students were entertained and engaged while learning the deep meaning of the stories. Although, I was familiar with the stories, I was also entertained and learning more about the stories! In Hope Refreshed, I have retold 6 Bible parables as modern stories designed to entertain while delivering the inspirational messages of wisdom, love, hope, and redemption. If you are familiar with the Bible, try to guess the parable before the end!
In this scene from One in a Hundred from Hope Refreshed, Natalie is a public school teacher and is trying to help a student struggling with the loss of a grandparent. Natalie does what she feels is right and suggests the student come to her church. Many of her peers are advising her to back off helping the student, but Natalie is unsure of which path the take.
In this scene in the sixth and final story in Hope Refreshed, Alex has ended up homeless and finally seeks help at a local food bank. A volunteer named Roger offers to help Alex and is surprised to hear that he would like to wash dishes. Why can't he work at his family's business? The ending may surprise you....
Kyle is severely injured from an altercation after a football game. He can't move, walk or talk. He needs somebody to help him, but will anyone stop?
In Judgement Day, Brian enters the race for Governor and he has a cut-throat reputation for playing dirty and to win at any cost. See how campaign manager John reacts to Brian entering the race...
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