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The power of a story

There is something powerful about a good story.  Even little children know it.  My little boy, who just turned three, has a very strict set of stories he likes to hear each night.   He has to hear the story of Noah, then Jonah (whether a big fish or a whale swallows Jonah varies from night to night), then Ester, David and Goliath, then Clip-Clop (that's the story of the donkey who took Mary to Bethlehem before Jesus was born...duh.).  He has to hear all these stories in a certain order and told in a certain way. 

And when it's not bedtime, he's still into hearing stories.  "Tell me about the time Uncle Jimmie dropped his pacifier in the lake."  Or, "What's the story about Tacky the penguin's Christmas, mommy?"  There is something about a good story that grips us and holds us in full attention.

This doesn't go away as we get older, of course.  Stories cause us to react, to feel new things, to discover what might be next.  A good storyteller makes for a good friend, or preacher, or business person.  Stories help us relate to people, connect with people, and share what it important to us.  

We're about to launch a series of classes, speakers, and events that help us relate to and share the story we've chosen for our One Book, One Church read, The Other Wes Moore.  One of these events is about storytelling and telling the story of someone who made a difference in your life.  I hope you'll listen to this short conversation I had with Geoffrey Berwind about this class.  

And while we're on the topic, check out this story about Geoffrey and the power of storytelling that was just published in Forbes.  We're grateful to Geoffrey for sharing his gifts with us and excited about his upcoming class.  

-Laurie


Posted by Laurie Weicher at 11:30 AM
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