#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!

Digital Event

#TDC13 Workshop: The Power of Story

This afternoon I’m at this workshop:

Mari Burns
Mari Burns

Great leaders beginning with the Alexander the Great, have long known the emotional power of story in helping engage people behind a cause or a company. Today more than ever in our chaotic world of information overload, facts are not enough.  We want something that’s meaningful, a message that is compelling and memorable. Similarly, understanding our own story helps us to relate to others and the world around us, to understand how we can contribute and what drives us beyond a paycheque.

Joseph Campbell is perhaps the greatest evangelist for the power of meaning and stories and this workshop is based on his research and writings. The Hero’s journey describes a pathway for those who want to make a difference, are entrepreneurial, follow their hearts, have vision or are simply looking to ensure that this year, they do stuff that matters.

This is a practical workshop for the curious or those who may be about to navigate unchartered territory in their next phase of life. You are welcome to come along and dip your big toe into the river of myths, test out the water and decide whether the Hero’s Journey is for you.  Mari Burns and her team will work with you to explore your calling or passions in life and the story to take you to the next level in your career, business, as a brand or as any other unique adventure you might have in mind.

Taken from the TDC site.