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Tales of the Inner City [Paperback]

By Scott Bryte (Author)
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Allegory readers in the nineteenth century discovered John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress with its Slough of Despond and characters like Obstinate and Pliable. C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia entranced twentieth-century people. A simple step through the wardrobe introduced us to a lion named Aslan and an umbrella carrying faun along with a myriad of other characters who taught us spiritual lessons while entertaining us with their whimsical mischief. Enter Scott Bryte onto the scene of Christian allegory! With Tales of the Inner City we meet the Freeps, the Puffbats, Zimm, and most importantly --Grandfather, who "sits to tell tales and answer questions and make up the truth." With magnificent detail, both in the artwork and in the delightful stories, Pastor Bryte teaches the reader deep spiritual lessons in an atmosphere of lunatic-like fantasy.

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This delightful collection of allegorical Christian parables takes readers into the imaginative world of the "Inner City," where they'll meet a colorful array of whimsical characters -- including sorkyls, puffbats, the Freeps, Zimm, and most importantly Grandfather, who "sits to tell tales and answer questions and make up the truth." Each tale recasts a familiar Bible story (such as the tower of Babel, the parable of the talents, Jonah and the whale, or the garden of Eden) in a unique setting that will fascinate readers while offering them deep spiritual lessons on themes like confusion and original sin. In addition to the vivid and humorous narratives, this volume also features beautifully detailed illustrations -- creating an enchanting environment that enlightens and entertains the eye as well as the ear. Each story includes discussion questions and an explanation of themes and symbols as well, making this book a valuable tool for teaching lessons about life and about God.

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Studio: CSS Publishing Company
Pages   114
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.53" Width: 6.54" Height: 0.29"
Weight:   0.42 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   CSS Publishing Company
ISBN  0788023896  
ISBN13  9780788023897  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Scott Bryte is the pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Thiel College and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.

Scott Bryte was born in 1963.

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Tales Of The Inner City 5 stars  Dec 17, 2007
Average Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)

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Reviewed by David Von Schlichten USA
From John Bunyan to C.S. Lewis, religious writers have produced complex and fascinating Christian allegories. In his hilarious and creative Tales of the Inner City (CSS, 2007, $11.95) ELCA pastor Scott Bryte provides a dozen loosely allegorical stories about this part of the city that is not on any map but that the narrator used to visit as a child and now lives in. In the back of the book are explanations of each allegory and discussion questions. Of course, a reader may decide to interpret these stories without Bryte's assistance. Either way, the book is funny and creative and offers useful illustrations for sermons and Christian education.
For instance, consider "Race Day," which tells of the sorkyls, round animals with stubby arms who get lost often because they travel by rolling and so become disoriented easily. "A sorkyl can get lost going to sleep" (p. 18), the narrator tells the reader. The Inner City holds sorkyl races, during which Inner City resident Parnelina Snook makes a call that sounds like a pizza, which attracts the sorkyls (they love pizza) and so starts them racing. However, soon the sorkyls get lost and the race falls apart with no one winning. Finally, Grandfather, who represents God, comes up with the idea of the sorkyls all racing with hands joined. This way, the sorkyls race together in a united line and so do not get lost. Also, everyone wins.
Bryte's book is full of such amusing zaniness, with some of the tales being retellings of biblical stories and some simply pointing to biblical themes. Further, the book contains many colorful pictures depicting the stories. All throughout, Tales of the Inner City provides quirky, entertaining, wise illumination.
David von Schlichten, a parish pastor in Youngstown, Pennsylvania, submitted this review. Pastor von Schlichten will be Lutheran Partners' review editor beginning with the January/February 2008 issue.

Amazing Tales With a Christian Bent  Dec 8, 2007
Author and Lutheran pastor Scott Bryte has created something fun for young people to read (or to be read to them) in his book "Tales Of The Inner City". Not only are the stories within it entertaining and inspirational but they have spiritual lessons as well. This book is in a class all by itself - and it fills a need for young people who love to read fantasy books. Now they do not have to choose material, which might offend their Christian beliefs and values. These are "spiritually safe" adventures and just as entertaining as those many other books out there.

Bryte bases most of his stories in the book on both the new and old Testaments - such as Jonah and the Whale and the Garden of Eden to name but two. Of course, he changes things around so the stories are different but the lessons are there none-the-less.

I look forward to more books from this author. His imagination runs wild as he uses his wit and humor at times to convey some serious things. Youth ministers for students of almost all age groups could use these stories. This is a wonderful and delightful book.

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