A Story from the Master Storyteller

  Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were master storytellers. But then, they were taught by the Master. I’ve begun reading scripture chronologically this fall as part of a Facebook group led by my friend Traci Rhoades (featured on my blog hop recently). We’re currently following Christ’s earthly ministry. A couple of weeks ago, our readings …

Telling Stories: Of Cookies, Hope, Birthdays and a Christmas Miracle

It’s Day 14 of the #Write31Days blog marathon and I decided to feature a few blogging friends who are sharing their life stories on the internet. Blogging is not for everyone, but it is a powerful means for telling stories to a wide audience. Often, words I’ve read on blogs I follow have been just …

Guest Post: Telling Stories Opens Them To Something Greater Than Ourselves

When a memoir has the power to transport the reader to a different time and place, that’s a gift. And when the author’s words evoke the emotions she experienced during a profound period in her life, you’ve unearthed a treasure. My friend Jill Kandel’s beautiful book So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village did …

Follow the Pattern of Sound Words: Truth in Storytelling

Fair warning here: This post will be a bit random because sometimes that’s just the way my brain works. (I apologize in advance for the number of words I’m piling on you today.) In the previous post on “story” I mentioned this fact — telling our stories may change us as much or more than those …

When We Are Changed by Telling Our Stories

Life stories sometimes need to “ferment” awhile before they’re ready to be shared. You may have an experience or event, or perhaps a personal encounter, that you’ve been mulling over, wondering if others might benefit from the telling of that story. How will you know when you’re ready to share it? Knowing when our stories …

The World Needs Your Stories

I ended yesterday’s blog post with these words: “Tell your story. The book of this world is not finished without it.” Author and speaker Leslie Leyland Fields was addressing writers at a conference, but I believe she was also speaking to each of us — each of YOU — with stories to share. Whether your …

Sharing My “Come to Jesus Moment” Gets Easier the More I Tell the Story

When I am asked to share my “salvation story” — the moment in my life when I asked Jesus into my heart, accepted Him as my Lord and Savior — when I’m asked for that story, I’m tempted to give the short version. But a question like that deserves the whole story. Here is my …

Story Matters: Sharing a Family Story at “Breathe”

When a girl grows up casting her Daddy as the hero in every story, it’s natural that one day she will tell his story. My father’s story is far from a fairy tale. The years immediately after my mother left our family must have been rough for my father as he took on the task …

Giving Thanks for Family Stories

There’s still turkey in the fridge, but Thanksgiving has officially given way to Christmas. I’ve done some cyber-shopping and boxes of ornaments and lights will be opened so the halls can be decked some time this week. But until then, I’m lingering over memories of Thanksgiving. For as long as I can remember, we’ve piled our turkey, sweet potatoes and …