By Erik Steidl



After growing up an orphan on the streets of Jerusalem, Ayal is now a runner for Prince Jonathan. Everything is perfect…until he uncovers a plot to kill David, a commander in King Saul’s army and Jonathan’s best friend. Now the race is on to thwart the scheme.


Erik Steidl

Ayal the Arrow Boy came about as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, I was serving as both a high school and middle school leader/mentor for my local church. 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. My hope is that many young people across the nation are able to engage with scripture in a new way as a result.

Erik Steidl teaches early literacy in Cleveland, Ohio. His students there inspired him to write his debut children’s book, The First Ostrich to Fly. However, his work with high school and middle school students at his local church is what prompted him to begin writing novels for teens.


Steidl’s writing is masterful. Ayal the Arrow Boy is a story that is sure to grip readers from start to finish!

Senior Director of Family Ministries
Cedar Creek Church, Toledo OH

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