The memoirs of Wasif Jawhariyyeh are a remarkable treasure trove of writings on the life, culture, music, and history of Jerusalem. Spanning over four decades, from 1904 to 1948, they cover a period of enormous and turbulent change in Jerusalem’s history, but change lived and recalled from the daily vantage point of the street storyteller. Oud player, music lover and ethnographer, poet, collector, partygoer, satirist, civil servant, local historian, devoted son, husband, father, and person of faith, Wasif viewed the life of his city through multiple roles and lenses. The result is a vibrant, unpredictable, sprawling collection of anecdotes, observations, and yearnings as varied as the city itself. Reflecting the times of Ottoman rule, the British mandate, and the run-up to the founding of the state of Israel, The Storyteller of Jerusalem offers intimate glimpses of people and events, and of forces promoting confined, divisive ethnic and sectarian identities. Yet, through his passionate immersion in the life of the city, Wasif reveals the communitarian ethos that runs so powerfully through Jerusalem’s past. And that offers perhaps the best hope for its future.
The stories in Daniel and Revelation are among the most vivid in the Bible, but they are also among the most misunderstood. In The Storyteller's Companion to the Bible Volume 8, commentator Rick Lowery and storytellers Michael E. Willliams and Fred A. Shaw show how the symbolism and imagery of these biblical stories offer comfort in times of distress and encouragement to hold fast in faith.
Telling the story of Jesus has been a part of Christian practice for nearly 2000 years. In fact, one of the earliest forms of Christian preaching was storytelling, or telling Jesus stories. These early story/sermons provided the raw material for the gospel narratives. Because the gospel writers wrote down these early stories and preserved them, today we can read the story of Jesus in the Bible. Yet we still have an age-old longing to hear the story told, in the same manner as it has been told by generations of storytellers from ages past. This volume is designed to help the reader do just that. The editors have taken a representative collection of stories about Jesus from the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and provided for each story a new analysis that illuminates how it works as a story. Paired with each analysis is a creative retelling of the story by a professional storyteller-preacher. The goal is to provide the reader with insights into the Biblical story and suggestions on how it might be retold for audiences today. Edited by Michael E. Williams and Dennis E. Smith Commentary by Mikeal C. Parsons Storytellers: Jo-Ann Elizabeth (Little) Jennings Pam McGrath
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Stories from Daniel and Revelation are highly regarded as we approach the end of the second millennium. The symbolism, dreams, and imagery of these biblical stories offer comfort in times of distress and encouragement to hold fast in faith.The commentator, Rick Lowery, is Associate Professor of Old Testament, Philips School of Theology, and author of several books for Chalice Press.
The story of the Garden of Eden is one of the most familiar in the Bible. But if we read it without preconceptions, we discover a narrative as its original audience would have heard it, as its author intended. Robbins explores why the man was created first, and the woman for and from him. She elucidates the reason for the particular punishments, and why the storyteller gave a woman the starring role. She does all this by highlighting the importance of wordplay in the Garden of Eden story. This book introduces not only a wordsmith but, above all, a supreme storyteller who is bound to become a personal favorite.
This volume is for anyone who would like to imaginatively and memorably retell Bible stories from Genesis. Whether you are a preacher, a Sunday school teacher, or a parent, you will discover in this book everything you need to dynamically retell many of the foundational stories of the Jewish and Christian faiths. The authors stress that retellings are not intended to be memorized, but rather to spark your imagination. Additionally, Jewish midrashim offer unique, rabbinic interpretations of the stories in Genesis.
The third volume in this series shows preachers, storytellers, Sunday school teachers, professors, and students how to read and retell the stories of the Bible more effectively. Includes Jewish folklore, Bible commentary, and great sermon material. Volume Three focuses on how kings and prophets were in conflict.
Volume Twelve, Acts of the Apostles, focuses on the story of the early church and its struggle for an unhindered gospel.The commentator, Dennis E. Smith, is Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament at Philips Theological Seminary in Enid, Oklahoma. The storytellers for this volume include Michael E. Williams, Barbara McBride Smith, and Phyliss Wiliams Provost.
Designed for storytellers--or those who want to be--The Storyteller's Companion to the Bible shows how to read and retell the stories of the Bible more effectively. Every volume includes Bible commentary and great sermon material. Volume seven focuses on Old Testament prophets (and books) after the Exile, which includes parts of Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jonah, Obadiah, and I and II Chronicles.
Starting on his reluctant odyssey with a small party of friends, the storyteller Jafar al-Sharif must cope with treacherous nomads, a desert djinn, a king of an underground realm and an army of animated corpses as he attempts to save the life of his beloved daughter. This is Volume II of the Parsina Saga, a journey through a world of djinni, flying carpets and high adventure in exotic realms -- with the fate of the world at stake.
Most books you buy and read once or twice. The Storyteller's Guide to Leona, Montana is a book you will want to keep for years and read again and again and again.
How did an American immigrant without a college education go from Venice Beach T-shirt vendor to television's most successful producer? How did a timid pastor's son surmount a paralysing fear of public speaking to sell out Yankee Stadium, twice? How did the city of Tokyo create a PowerPoint stunning enough to win them the chance to host the Olympics? They told brilliant stories. Whether your goal is to sell, educate, fundraise or entertain, your story is your most valuable asset: 'a strategic tool with irresistible power', according to the New York Times. Stories inspire; they persuade; they galvanize movements and actuate global change. A well-told story hits you like a punch to the gut; it triggers the light-bulb moment, the 'aha' that illuminates the path to innovation. Radical transformation can occur in an instant, with a single sentence; The Storyteller's Secret teaches you how to craft your most powerful delivery ever. In his hugely attended Talk Like TED events, bestselling author and communications guru Carmine Gallo found, again and again, that audiences wanted to discover the keys to telling a powerful story. The Storyteller's Secret unlocks the answer in fifty lessons from visionary leaders - each of whom cites storytelling as a crucial ingredient in success. A good story can spark action and passion; it can revolutionize the way people think and spur them to chase their dreams. Isn't it time you shared yours?
Interviews with respected storytellers provide information on all aspects of storytelling
'For readers who want to be entertained, but not at the cost of good writing, The Storyteller and his Three Daughters is the best kind of novel - exquisitely crafted prose, fully developed, believable characters, well-researched historically - and above all, a gripping plot' The Sydney Morning Herald TOKYO 1884: Sei has devoted his life to storytelling, captivating audiences with his tales. But now he is starting to wonder if the new world has left him behind. Just when he thinks he will never write again, his own life and the lives of the people around him begin to spiral out of control - providing the inspiration for the greatest story he has ever told. A story of love, jealousy, intrigue, and betrayal. Set against the background of Japan's first incursions into Korea, Sei offers a wise and witty reflection on the nature of storytelling, its perils and delights, its lies and, ultimately, its truth. PRAISE for the Tales of the Otori books and Blossoms and Shadows, also by Lian Hearn: 'a tour de force of pure storytelling' The Sydney Morning Herald 'intelligent, accomplished, audacious and finely written' The Age 'uniquely charming, flowing and seductive' The Courier-Mail 'beautifully crafted' The Herald Sun
"ONCE UPON A TIME"IS TIMELESS In a faraway kingdom, a king has been betrayed. Deeply hurt and bitterly angry, he vows never to be deceived again. Unfortunately, the king's plan to protect himself will endanger all of the realm's young women, unless one of them will volunteer to marry the king -- and surrender her life. To everyone's relief and horror, one young woman steps forward. The daughter of a legendary storyteller, Shahrazad believes it is her destiny to accept this risk and sacrifice herself. On the night of her wedding to the king, Shahrazad begins to weave a tale. Fascinated, the king lets her live night after night. Just when Shahrazad dares to believe that she has found a way to keep her life -- and an unexpected love -- a treacherous plot will disrupt her plan. Now she can only hope that love is strong enough to save her.
These stories were told to me as a small child by my grandmother at the beginning of World War II and beyond into 1944. When the war was over in 1946, I was 8 years old and started to tell them to the area children. Before my Grandmother died, she told me she heard these and other stories from her Mother during the depression. As I had no reason to doubt her and hearing these stories at gatherings of the Wendake (Huron) People for celebrations in Canada and along the ST. Laurence River on the American side well into the 1950's. If they are not to be accepted as part of my Huron heritage, I feel there is a mistake. I also do not wish to cause anyone grief. Telling these stories have been my way of spreading the Oral history and Myths of my People in earlier times. I am now 76 years old and still have a ways to go. Please do as you see fit with the stories in discretion. Please let me know what your company has decided to do. I am claiming these as my original stories in use as storytelling since 1951. Enjoy the read. Rocco Tedesco aka Huron/Italian
When Arthur returns to Earth, alone, in a rusty escape pod after prolonged stasis, he cannot remember where he is, what caused his runaway, and who his rescuers are! In fact, he cannot remember anything, not even his name... At the strong request of his audience, he follows the emerging threads of his memory to unveil the most complex and the most extraordinary story ever told. The Storyteller is an original book series of adventure and space exploration, which seems to answer the persistent, intriguing question present in us all: are we alone in the Universe? Are there other intelligent beings, other powerful civilizations out there? And if they are, then who or what are they? How do they look like? How are the worlds they create and inhabit, and how different are they from us? This first book of The Storyteller series introduces a mysterious character that people call simply Arthur, Author, or the Holly One. Here is the first part of his story, including the story of his friends and loved ones. All characters are warm and interesting, young and old, lively and full of joy. They find themselves in interesting circumstances, and they fight, struggle, succeed or fail to get out unharmed. The protagonists are either very powerful, or they are always in contact with powerful beings. At a deeper level, embedded in the web of adventure, this book explores Life, Existence and the Universe, along with the way people, societies, and civilizations behave everywhere, forming this comprehensive, everlasting world that we experience today. Enjoy!