The Dead Boy's Version story

Written By:
Bob Hartman
Bible Refs: Luke 7:11-17
Lectionary Weeks: Proper 5, Ordinary/Lectionary 10 (Year C)

This is a creative re-telling of the raising of the Widow of Nain's son from the dead. The twist is that it comes from the dead boy's perspective, which brings out all sorts of new ideas. It also looks forward to Jesus' resurrection and future hope.

This story is available courtesy of Lion Hudson. You can find more stories like it in Bob Hartman's book, “Bumper Tales from the Bible."




















Extract from the story:

People always ask me two things: what was it like to die? And what was it like to come back to life again?

The first question is harder, in a way, because I didn’t think I was going to die. I was ill, yeah. I had a high temperature. A fever. The shakes. That sort of thing. Don’t even know where it came from really. It just happened. So I didn’t really have any time to think about it.

I guess if I had, I might have been worried or afraid, or I might have thought about how unfair it was to die when I was only thirteen.

But I don’t remember thinking any of those things. I was hot and shaky, then I sort of fell asleep, and that was it. I just didn’t wake up again.

I know how my mum felt. At least I know what she told me. She was the one who was worried. Mainly because my dad had died of a fever and she had seen the symptoms before. She didn’t say anything, of course, because she didn’t want to scare me. But she was scared. Really scared.

And she was the one who thought it was unfair. She’d already lost her husband, and now it looked as if she might lose her son. So she had a word with God. That’s what she told me. And she explained to him how wrong she thought it would be.

I died, of course. And she said she that she wasn’t just sad. She was angry, too. Angry at God for not making me well. And she was even angry at the friends and relatives who came to pay their respects – angry that they still had sons and husbands to bring with them.

I don’t think she said anything to them. I mean, they’ve never said anything to me about that. But she was angry, I know that...

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Bob Hartman is the bestselling author of the Lion Storyteller Bible and many other books. He is a much loved speaker with a passion for storytelling, and is a regular fixture at the UK Spring Harvest conferences.  Area 52 was his idea, so you can blame him.

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