"Esther Danielson is gifted with a dynamic creativity, which is expressed through refreshing dramatic material. She writes interesting, appealing scripts which hold the audience. The sketches involve believable characters whose conversation is natural, often humorous, and quite insightful."
Minister of Music and Senior Adults
Parkway Baptist Church
St. Louis, Missouri
In a time when our culture is becoming dominated by visual modes of communication such as television, movies, videos, and computer games, church people are recognizing the need to keep up with the trends. Drama is a useful tool in the work of the church: it adds interest and variety; it can reveal new insights on spiritual truths; and it appeals to all ages while being non-threatening for those unused to regular church services.
This collection of easy-to-perform sketches includes both seasonal drama and pieces for any time of the year. They're suitable for worship services, social programs, or other occasions, as well as just-for-fun reading. Most have a performance time of less than five minutes, and few props are required.
"Anyone who has been engaged in the neverending search for quality dramatic material will be delighted to discover this collection of witty, well-written, biblically-based scripts that are easy to stage and require minimal props and scenery. The variety of styles -- choral readings, sketches, and even a radio play -- coupled with the diversity of subject matter -- gossip, evangelism, and vivid pictures of Bible characters -- make these scripts usable throughout the church year as service starters, worship enhancers, and dramatic sermons."
Drama Director, Bible Baptist College
Worship Director, Heritage Baptist Church
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
"How exciting the hearing of God's word can be during worship with the use of these sketches They truly make the Bible come alive. The sketches also provide wonderful and innovative opportunities for intergenerational and lay participation in worship.... They facilitate the discussion of scripture by allowing audiences to experience the emotion of the characters in the story."
Mary Evelyn Bedenbaugh
Minister of Education and Administration
Hillsboro Presbyterian Church
"Esther Danielson writes with Biblical understanding, and while her material is emotional and expressive, she does not allow "artistic license" to blur or add to the teaching of scriptural truth. I also appreciate that she writes for "the common person." Many of the participants in our drama ministry had never considered "acting" before, let alone using such a medium for ministry. Yet they were able to relate readily to the scripts and found themselves using a talent that in some cases they didn't even know they possessed. Every time we used Danielson's material, the ministry of the Word through artistic expression was effective in reaching people.... You will surely find yourself drawn into the biblical text in a new and fresh way as you use these dramatic vignettes to enhance your people's interest in and attention to the Word of God."
Rev. David R. Wilson
Pastor, Bridgewater Baptist Church
Esther J. Danielson is an artist and freelance writer who lives in Lake Arrowhead, California. She attended Eastern Nazarene College in Wollaston, Massachusetts, and Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California.