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Tell Me a Story: The Life-Shaping Power of Our Stories [Paperback]

By Daniel Taylor (Author)
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TELL ME A STORY explores the story-shaped nature of our lives. We are born, live, and die within stories These stories shape how we see ourselves, the world, and our place in it. The first great storytellers in our lives are home, church, school, and popular culture. Knowing and embracing healthy stories are crucial to living rightly and well.

This book investigates the relationship between stories and meaning in life, the difference between character and personality, the ability of story to make connections between things, the power of story to bring about a desired future, how stories create community and a sense of belonging, and how broken stories can be healed.

Drawing on a wide range of stories-literary, popular, and personal. TELL ME A STORY offers profound insight, encouragement, and inspiration. It includes a series of questions designed to help readers identify the important stories in their own lives.

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Studio: Bog Walk Press
Pages   182
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.59 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2004
Publisher   BOG WALK PRESS
ISBN  0970651104  
ISBN13  9780970651105  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Daniel Taylor (PhD, Emory University) is the author of ten books, including "The Myth of Certainty," "Letters to My Children," "Tell Me a Story: The Life-Shaping Power of Our Stories," and "In Search of Sacred Places." He has worked as a stylist on various Bible translations and is cofounder of The Legacy Center. He is also a contributing editor for "Books & Culture."

Daniel Taylor currently resides in St. Paul, in the state of California.

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one of the best and most important books i've ever read  Mar 10, 2007
this book was one of the most meaningful books i've ever read.not only was the read enjoyable,but the content was at a life changing level for me.i learned from this book what recognizing your own story did for you.the importance of story in not only books and movies,but in every art form.even the 12-step community and in the world of psychology,understanding your story and sharing your story are vital.the importance of each of our individual stories and how we must understand them to grow and is a book our chidren and our culture really need today.i continue refer to and give copies away today.
How We Use Story to Create Meaning in Our Lives  Jan 12, 2007
This is an excellent book, both for writers and for readers who are interested in analyzing stories. It is also an excellent book for those who want to reclaim their lives from the meaninglessness and fragmentation of our day and age.

Taylor provides a thoughtful rationale for the role of narrative in giving voice to those who are all-too-often voiceless, and meaning to those who see their lives as being a series of fragmented events.

He also explores epistemological questions as he examines the specific type of knowing that narrative knowledge provides; which stands in contrast against, but also complements, fact and statistic-driven knowledge.

His chapter on plotting examines how people search for patterns and order in their lives, and his chapter on characterization moves beyond merely creating a personality or an image, to the use of fully complex, multi-dimensional characters in order to build character in readers of the story.

Taylor includes an excellent chapter on the relationship between story (narrative) and the formulation of different worldviews. This is a particularly important chapter to read, given the tendency of most people to take their worldview for granted.

Throughout the book Taylor illustrates his points with, well, stories of course. There are quite a few well selected references from literature (mostly a few paragraphs at a time -- to illustrate a particular point) as well as stories from his own personal experiences or those of people he knew.

It is an engaging book but it is not lite reading. On the other hand, it is not overly "academic" either. Graduate students who are interested in doing narrative research and who care about principle and moral integrity in their work would do well to begin with this book. Others will benefit from a refreshing point-of-view that it can give them on life, and on how to become actively engaged in making choices in one's life, as opposed to being a mere spectator.
Wonderfully written book about the creative spirit  Nov 10, 2006
Daniel Taylor's book is a wise and authentic book about creativity as it applies to the spiritual self. Any aspiring writer and, actually, anyone who has felt the urge to create (that would be everyone!) should buy this book and read it. It is a permanent addition to my writing book collection.
Too Good To Review; A Wonderful Gem  Oct 14, 2002
This book is so good I kept putting off writing a review on it, afraid my words would not do it justice.

Daniel Taylor explores the ways that STORY has power in our lives. We have our master stories which shape the way we view our world. We have our cultural and community stories. They all are interwoven in the core of our beings.

Somehow, reading this book, I got an image of Daniel Taylor as a gentle little English professor (Me being over 200 pounds, it's not hard for me to picture people diminutively.) I met Dan last month, at my StoryCon meeting and he is a biggg guy. But gentle, very gentle, and soft spoken. Yet his stories and his understanding of story are so powerful. This book should be required reading for anyone who works with story, any psychologist or minister.

I mark up books with wise words. This one must have [drained] the ink out of two or three pens with all the quotable, wise words I triple starred.

Dr. Taylor's book hits the mark  Jul 4, 2001
Short, insightful, highly readable, and mind-opening, this book sheds light, not heat, on such topics as diversity, individualism, and values. He helped me see the importance of taking personal responsibility for my actions, and the role story can play in helping me live up to my ideals. The idea of seeing myself as a character in a story gives me the perspective to do what I already know is right. Why is this marvelous book out of print?

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