A Vacation Bible School teacher asked Glenn Bridges to write a few skits about Jesus for their church's youth to perform.
What he thought would be a simple task turned into anything but. After sitting down and studying the Bible quite a bit, Bridges realized it was pretty difficult to condense the life of Jesus into four short scenes.
Bridges accumulated a lot of notes while working on that project. As he studied, he realized two words, in particular, were mentioned a lot in the Bible. He said there are about 280 references to "angels" and about 80 references to "dreams."
He decided to put his extensive notes to good use by writing a book, and that book was recently published by CrossBooks, a division of LifeWay.
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"Dreaming with the Angels" is written on a sixth-grade level. The Bluffton man decided to target sixth-graders because that is about the age he was when he started to understand Christianity. Bridges said another reason he decided to write for that age group is because there is no mention in the Bible of Jesus between the ages of 2 and 12, which is how old he was when Mary and Joseph realized he had so much knowledge about the Bible, or the Torah as the first part of it was called in those days (and as it is called in Judaism).
Bridges said by age 12, kids are starting to understand right from wrong. He wants to encourage young people to learn more about Jesus Christ.
"I just felt led," he said. "God led me to do this. I don't have very many talents, but he gave me the talent to write. The least I can do when he's calling me is to do my best."
Bridges said he loves kids and wants to give them a chance to understand the Bible.
Bridges and his wife attend Red Dam Baptist in Hardeeville, where he is an assistant Sunday School teacher.
"I just have a heart for young kids," Bridges said. "There's a lot of missed opportunities to send them in the right direction."
He has worked most of his life in newspapers and public relations, but has always wanted to write books. His wife encouraged him to go ahead and do it.
He said there are so many things the Bible doesn't tell us that would be interesting to know. He hopes this book will encourage young people to dig deeper in the Bible to try to get to the bottom of those questions.
"It's a starting point of the life of Jesus," Bridges said. "Hopefully there will be some things in there that will prompt them to want to know more."
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