Excerpt from
The Jensen Family

Probably he got caught in a steel trap like this one over here," their dad said, pointing to an exhibit in the next case.
"But how could he get free from that?" Julie asked.

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– posted 12.04.2009

Welcome to CharacterStories.net!

Story telling is an age-old method of instruction. Jesus, the Master teacher, used it and so have millions of teachers before and after Him. It is an effective and delightful way to personalize a principle or illustrate a correct thought pattern in dealing with a problem.

A fiction writer does more with his characters than God does with His creation. Does this seem shocking? Think of this: a fiction writer creates the people, gives them their personality, then gives them their environment, their problems, their words, yes, their very thoughts, then rewards or punishes them for what they chose. While God admonishes His creation to repent and turn to Him, the fiction writer pre-determines every aspect of the lives of his characters, including their destiny. They have no choice. His only obligation is to make them act in a way befitting of the character he gave them.

In light of this, it is vitally important to know the world-view of an author. If the author, for example, believes in situation ethics rather than in absolute truth, the superiority of his view will be evident in his stories. Mark Twain was a skeptic who was bitter toward God for some severe trials in his life, including the death of his wife. He had no time for preachers or the Bible. In light of this, think about the lessons taught in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The one professing Christian in the story, Aunt Polly, loves Tom too much to obey the Bible and discipline him. The church service is so boring that only some shenanigans from Tom make it tolerable. In the end, Tom, who is deceptive, dishonest, rebellious, and disobedient, is the hero and all come to him for wisdom. Are the lessons in this ‘classic’ what you want your children to learn?

Like Mark Twain’s, the stories on this website are fiction. But the lessons learned through right and wrong decisions in the face of trials are based on Bible truth. If you find any otherwise, let me know and they will be changed immediately. The goal of each story is to teach eternal truth through the media of stories so that readers will be wiser when they face similar situations.

May the Lord give us wisdom in using every good means possible in teaching our children those qualities that will never change, no matter which way the cultural breeze is blowing.

Download the Stories

All of the stories will eventually be posted on this website free of charge for your benefit and enjoyment. But why wait for them?

Jake Learns a Lesson
We've made some complete stories into a conveniently downloadable form which you can get quickly. Just click on the Buy Now button under the book you would like and, for a small fee of $7 you can have it on your own computer in minutes.

Jake Learns a Lesson is about the power of love which is a tough lesson to learn for a boy named Jake. It nearly costs him a whole school year. But that's not too much time to learn something as important as that, is it? Available now for $7.

Friends
Friends is a parallel story to Jake Learns a Lesson. While Jake was struggling with his attitude toward his classmate in the 5th grade, what was happening in the 4th? Available now for $7.

Decision is a very short story about brothers who learn an important lesson about honor. Right click to download it free.

Wisdom
The Wisdom of God in a Mystery is a story about Archibald DeWitt who left his four grown children a very unusual will. It was written as a poem, and as a mystery. Until they worked together, they were inherit nothing. Only his youngest daughter, Shirley, has her values straight and is more concerned about unity than money. Shirley's daughter Susan tells the story of how God used circumstances and people to finally bring the family together and solve the code. Available now for $17.