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Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2010
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Learning to Soar: How to Grow Through Transitions and TrialsAvery T. Willis, Matt WillisNavPress / 2009 / Hardcover$16.19 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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- Use Bible Storying to effectively make disciples at all levels
- Unite families by using fun methods to disciple children
- Revitalize small groups
- Develop a disciplemaking church
Mark Snowden has served more than 20 years with the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He worked with storying pioneers Jim Slack and J. O. Terry. Mark has become a world-class storying trainer and developed an oral Bible for a predominantly Muslim people group in Central Asia. He worked with Avery Willis on the Following Jesus audio series and the Lausanne orality project that resulted in Making Disciples of Oral Learners. He presently trains church planters in storying.
From the beginning, the authors, who have international Bible storytelling experience, give support for the practice. Every account of its practice shows its effectiveness and how receptive people are to it. Reflection questions end each chapter, and short true stories of people and storytelling are sprinkled throughout, always in relation to the surrounding text.
The conversational writing is remarkably smooth for a two-author work, neither awkward nor choppy. The chapters progress well, none seeming out of place. The examples of the effectiveness of storytelling, however, and the "how to communicate" in the subtitle, led me to expect that the book would explain the storytelling process in detail. Such explanations, as far as helping me tell Bible stories, werent included, though a section after the appendix listing oral resources was.
Overall, Truth that Sticks is an interesting book about developing effective ministry in the 21st century. Willis and Snowden collaborated well. Whereas I would appreciate an inclusion of storytelling instructions, the books primary purpose of showing the usefulness of storytelling is effectively fulfilled. Believers interested in alternative methods of making disciples will appreciate and learn much from this book. Storytelling does help truth stick. Meredith Sell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com