Storying

In 2008, I encountered a life mentor, named Dorothy Miller, of Simply the Story.org. She taught me a new and powerful way to teach: Oral Storytelling (not read, but told with appropriate emotion and body language). I have since employed this as the most effective and enjoyable way to teach. And actually this is old wisdom: The Bible is about 70% in story form, Jesus the Messiah used stories as his primary way of teaching. And in our postmodern and digital era, people are increasingly preferring to get their information through story and visual (screen) media. The time for a storytelling revival is here. Below find: short pieces on story, a video demo of the Simply the Story method, and several sample story study sheets on some key Bible stories:

SHORT ARTICLES BY BJORAKER

Why Storytelling?

The People of the Book are the People of the Story

Insights from Rabbis & Prophets about Story

The Nathan Principle

TWELVE SAMPLE STORY STUDY SHEETS  BY BJORAKER

Cain & Abel Story with Long Discussion

The “Akedah” 

Jacob Wrestles with God

The Snake on the Stake

The Call of Samuel  

David and Jonathan:

David and Abigail

King David, Bat-sheva, and Uriah

David and Mephibosheth

The Tragic End of Saul

The Story of Esther

Mighty General Naaman. . . the Leper