Teaching Through the Art of Storytelling

Stories of Redemption

This is an article I recently wrote for Youth Specialties that gives a small snapshot into some the heart and content of my book Teaching Through the Art of Storytelling. For the full article, click on the link below.

As I write this, I am traveling internationally seeking to build common ground between two people groups who have demonized one another through polarizing rhetoric and histories of resentment. Behind the caricatures I am amazed at the dynamic human stories of hope and perseverance that share so much in common with one another. In large part, it is the humanity of these stories I am seeking to illuminate with a group of fellow peacemakers.

Jesus lived and taught in a similar context of polarizing rhetoric, warring ideologies and religious division. Whether the militant propaganda of the Roman Empire or the self-righteousness of the Pharisees, each stood as a potential hurdle in the promotion of Jesus’ unifying story and reign of the Kingdom of God.

In the case of warring storylines, both the ancient and modern, the Story of God has the ability to transcend the rhetoric through the continued advance of God’s Kingdom as was inaugurated in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. The Story of Jesus’ reign swallows up the stories of infighting and offers a hope that invites all to participate in his Story of restoration. His Story redeems humanities’ stories.

Interestingly, as Jesus shares the good news of the Kingdom, he often employs storytelling that takes into account the warring storylines of his day. As a first century rabbi, he develops brilliant parables (known as Jewish Agada) that are rooted in reality, but are able to transcend the rhetoric and create a common ground that points to the hope of the Kingdom.

To read the rest of the article go to Youth Specialities where the article was originally published.

Video Book Trailer #3: The Philosophy of Storytelling

So why should we teach through story? We live a culture saturated by stories. We all live unique stories. In an environment where polarizing rhetoric often tears apart the unifying stories of humanity, teaching through story has the ability to transcend the rhetoric and invite others into God’s Story. Further, storytelling creates a medium for students to not simply hear a message, but to imagine themselves as part of the story

My book is currently available in Kindle form on Amazon.com.

It releases in paperback next month and is available for pre-order in the Youth Specialities Store.

As I continue to walk faithfully forward in writing, I feel called to serve the global Church and give a voice to the stories that are often forgotten.  It is a clear reality that I can’t be faithful in sharing and advocating through my writing without the support of others.  I need your partnership.

Here are two very simple ways:

1. Click here to “Like” my Facebook “Jon Huckins Writing” page.  This platform will focus solely on my writing.

2. Share this blog and/or share the book trailer video. Here is a link to the YouTube Channel with all the videos.

 

The Science of Storytelling

Storytelling open book

Teaching through the art of storytelling creates a medium for the listening mind to activate in a linear, flowing manner. Before I go on, I must offer that every brain is created and works differently. As such, I’ll speak to general trends and information on the brain and its workings in relation to learning. (Also, I’ll refer to the brain as the “mind,” as it’s more appropriate for our conversation.)

Listening is central to the growth and development of most human beings. Studies show that 85 percent of what we know we’ve learned through listening (Shorpe). Yet we only remember 20 percent of what we hear and 75 percent of the time we’re distracted, preoccupied, or forgetful (Hunsaker). So, we understand that listening is really important, but it can be a highly inefficient way to transfer information depending on the mode of communication. Some argue that offering convincing statistics engages the listener and creates lasting impact, but studies also tell us that people quickly dismiss statistics that are inconsistent with their beliefs (Graesser).

But fictional stories—which can be processed very efficiently with minimal effort and high recall—offer “suspension of disbelief,” which can lead to tangible change (Bower & Graesser). For this reason, some in the medical field have implemented storytelling as a mode of healthcare communication, bringing attention to issues such as suicide to AIDS prevention.

So we’re left with story—the telling of which can break down walls of cynicism and mental distraction and lead listeners toward engagement. The art is in assimilating fiction into belief, which why intentional dialog and discussion is pivotal to its success.

The above is a brief excerpt from my book Teaching Through the Art of Storytelling. Also available to pre-order in paperback at youthspecialties.com.

 

Book Trailer #2: Theology of Storytelling

This is the second in a series of four book trailers put together by my friends Jon Hall and Peter Schrock.  It is easy to view the Bible as a compilation of individual stories that stand alone. As theologians and storytellers, it is important to understand the whole Bible as a grand narrative that is best (and most faithfully) told as one story. It is a story of redemption that continues to unfold today.

My book is currently available in Kindle form on Amazon.com.

It releases in paperback next month and is available for pre-order in the Youth Specialities Store.

As I continue to walk faithfully forward in writing, I feel called to serve the global Church and give a voice to the stories that are often forgotten.  It is a clear reality that I can’t be faithful in sharing and advocating through my writing without the support of others.  I need your partnership.

Here are two very simple ways:

1. Click here to “Like” my Facebook “Jon Huckins Writing” page.  This platform will focus solely on my writing.

2. Share this blog and/or share the book trailer video. Here is a link to the YouTube Channel with all the videos.

 

Book Trailer #1: Why I Wrote Teaching Through the Art of Storytelling

This is the first in a series of four book trailers put together by my friends Jon Hall and Peter Schrock.  Not only is the world filled with dynamic stories, the Scriptures tell God’s Story. Our role is to invite others into the Story and one powerful way to communicate such an invitation is through the art of storytelling.

My book is currently available in Kindle form on Amazon.com.

It releases in paperback next month and is available for pre-order in the Youth Specialities Store.

As I continue to walk faithfully forward in writing, I feel called to serve the global Church and give a voice to the stories that are often forgotten.  It is a clear reality that I can’t be faithful in sharing and advocating through my writing without the support of others.  I need your partnership.

Here are two very simple ways:

1. Click here to “Like” my Facebook “Jon Huckins Writing” page.  This platform will focus solely on my writing.

2. Share this blog and/or share the book trailer video. Here is a link to the YouTube Channel with all the videos.

 

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