Cleveland Author Connects Youth Ministry with Scripture through Upcoming New Novel for Teens

Teacher, Author, Youth Ministry Volunteer, Erik Steidl pens a powerful fast-paced story for teens in Ayal the Arrow Boy, based on the story of David and Jonathan, from the Book of 1 Samuel in the Bible.
Ayal the Arrow Boy
Ayal the Arrow Boy
CLEVELAND - May 28, 2021 - PRLog -- Ayal the Arrow Boy is a retelling of the story of David and Jonathan, from Book of 1 Samuel in the Bible. The twist is that it is told from the perspective of a servant boy named Ayal. Ayal is a servant of Jonathan, who is the son of King Saul. He overhears a plot to kill David, a commander in the king's army and Jonathan's best friend. They discover King Saul is behind the plot and must go to great lengths to foil it and decide where their loyalties lie.

Before the COVID-19 restrictions began in early 2020, Erik Steidl served as high school and middle school mentor at his local church. He notes, "When everything shut down, I was suddenly faced with not being able to see my guys from the church face to face. I wrote Ayal as a way to continue to engage them in scripture while not being able to see them in-person."

Early reviews applaud Steidl's work as masterful, inspirational and fast-paced. Alex Woody, Senior Director of Family Ministries at the Cedar Creek Church in Toledo says, "Steidl's writing is masterful. Ayal the Arrow Boy is a story that is sure to grip readers from start to finish!" Chelsy Scherba with Reader Views says, "… it's a fast-paced biblical adventure… I would highly recommend it to Christian and Jewish teens and anyone who enjoys a fun, inspiring adventure from the distant past."

About the Author

Erik Steidl
was born and raised in Medina, Ohio. He has always found joy in writing, both creatively and academically. He has a B.S. in Teaching English as a Second Language with minors in Spanish and Youth Ministry from Liberty University.

Erik uses all aspects of his degree teaching in Cleveland, Ohio and volunteering with the high school and middle school ministries at his local church. It was through those ministries that the concept of his debut novel, Ayal the Arrow Boy, was born. Erik has continued to write throughout the pandemic hopes his stories will help many more youth connect to scripture in a whole new way.

Erik is married to his high school sweetheart, Shannon. They live together in Medina, Ohio with their four children and yellow lab.

Ayal the Arrow Boy, (ISBN 9781633573352, Crosslink Publishing 2021), is available for pre-order wherever books are sold and scheduled for release on June 1, 2021. For more information visit Review copies available upon request. Publicity contact:

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