#AdventBookClub: Day 5: The Power of Story


So, as I’m already in this ‘mode’, decided to start the day with Advent Reading… 

These lists of genealogies are quite hard to get to grips with! As a historian I am looking for more of the stories attached to these people, rather than just a list of names (probably why I find ‘mechanical museums’ which focus on the technology, rather than the use that people made of them, and how they lived with that technology – a tad boring!) – but then is we read the Old Testament (which I have done cover-to-cover once!) those names will start to emerge as we start to see the entire history woven together. As Maggi says

To make sense of the new covenant, you have to start with the old covenant.”

Reading the material from Ron Glusenkamp, we return to the idea of the power of story that we connected with earlier this Advent – the stones in Joshua 4:6-7 are there as a memorial (I’ve done some teaching work on the meaning of memorials so v interesting) to encourage storytelling so that people would remember their past, their heritage – they were not dead/mechanical stones to be admired, but there to help us anchor our place in our world and remember the stories of our past.

As Pam has written this morning – and something I heartily believe – and why I was working in the Learning and Teaching Development Unit at University of Winchester…:

This brings me back to one of my pet themes.  Not everyone learns the same way, not everyone hears the same way, not everyone experiences the same way.  Some of us need story rooted in people, some of us need history rooted in fact – but both take us to the same place.  To the God who loves us and was and is working in people’s lives, through history and story – for both are the same, expressed in different ways.

Brian Draper today offers a challenge ” Pass on the grace, when you get the opportunity, especially to someone you find difficult.”

And if you want a unique way to send a family newsletter – check out @davewalker’s cartoon from today!

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Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst  (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.

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