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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802433065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802433060
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The Art of Storytelling will change the way you tell stories!
 
Some people are great storytellers, while others cringe at the thought of speaking before a group of people.  Yet, as John Walsh says,
 
We all have the gift of storytelling.
 
Whatever your ability, this book has something to offer you.  If you are an experienced speaker, you can sharpen your communication skills to a new intensity.  If you are just beginning to develop your speaking skills, The Art of Storytelling will enhance your ability, enjoyment, and effectiveness. 
 
John Walsh is president of International Learning Solutions, which serves churches, schools, and individuals.  John believes that storytelling can play a key role in ministry, education, and business.  He has been a sought-after speaker for many years, using storytelling in all his lectures.  Currently his most popular seminar is Making a Bible Story Unforgettable.  John and his wife, Jan, make their home in Bloomington, Illinois.  They have four grown children and five grandchildren. 

About the Author

JOHN WALSHJohn Walsh is an author, speaker, and professional storyteller. He is founder of the Christian Storytelling Network, which networks Christian storytellers nationwide. He is founder and president of BibleTelling, an organization dedicated to teaching people how to learn and tell Bible stories and use them in all phases of ministry. John travels around the world, speaking at conventions and conducting trainings for missionaries, pastors, teachers, and Christian workers. He conducts BibleTelling seminars in Israel, telling 110 Bible stories at the 45 sites where they happened.He produces a weekly video podcast "BibleTelling - Story-of-the-Week." It is available on www.BibleTelling.org. With this, John tells the weekly Bible story and gives its background with added insights.John and his wife Jan reside in Bloomington, Illinois. They have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren.

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Customer Reviews

Yes, Walsh's book is a real eye-opener!
Keith Sharp
This was a great book for anyone wanting to become a better storyteller.
ReaderRaymond
People learn with stories, they remember with stories!
Jan Hoadley

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84 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Elliott on February 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
The preceding two reviews are each from opposite camps, and are both equally useless. One says the book is completely bad because of its religious bias, which I don't think is fair or accurate. The other review says that the first reviewer is wrong without any discussion of why. This book is not useless, even to those outside it's target audience; neither is it particularly good even for that audience, and I dispute the implied claim that being written from a Christian perspective makes it inherently better than a similar secular book.

What this book suffers from is not bad writing; it's a bad title and description. This is NOT a secular book. While it's an exaggeration to say that God or Jesus are mentioned in every line, this is quite clearly written by a Christian, for other Christians, and the entire work is steeped in biblical references.

However, that doesn't make it a "piece of crap." What it does make it is a poorly-titled and (at least here on Amazon) -marketed book. This work should state its bias, if not in the title, then at least in the subtitle. It is NOT a general guide on storytelling, which is what both its title and ad blurb appear to indicate. It contains enough Christian references to distract even most Christians I know, never mind someone not from that religious tradition. And that is exactly what Christianity is; a religious tradition. It is NOT the one and only source of grace or divinity.

So, that statement ought to help you determine whether you can get any use from this book. If you read that and said, "blasphemy," or regarded the statement as a one-way ticket south for my soul, this is probably right up your alley. If you said, "hmmm. he may have a point," be wary of this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Conan the Wise on April 19, 2011
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This book contains good and practical advice which can be applied by any open-minded person who desires to tell a better story. The book is written from a Christian perspective, and that is not revealed in the title or description, but unless you are bigoted toward religion and can't stand the thought of reading a book by a Christian author, this book should help you out a lot with your oral presentation skills.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David Gaare on June 5, 2005
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I first learned of this book at a Sunday School convention. I was walking through the hallways looking for a class to attend during the workshop session. As I passed John Walsh's class I found it to be the only classroom in the building packed to standing room only. I had to find out what the attraction was in this class, so I came early to the next session to get a seat. Well- I found out why his class was packed. The material in this book covers just about everything John taught in the classes I attended. It will help you learn to tell a story without memorizing it. It is a great way to review the class material and will benefit anyone who wants to improve their storytelling skills.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hey Zeus Christi on October 2, 2011
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Yeah, I got suckered in too. Nowhere on the cover does it hint that the book focuses on preaching and spreading the gospel more effectively, which although is not the only benefit of the lesson (as the author is quick to point out) it is clearly the main direction. I haven't finished reading it yet, I just wanted to voice my unexpected surprise at the overtone. I think that ultimately it will provide good points in communication effectiveness, I'm already seeing the same tips mentioned by Dale Carnegie and other interpersonal skill educators.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lyn Smock on October 10, 2013
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Wonderful!
Everyone has the opportunity to share stories - some of us do a great job and others need a boost. The Art of Storytelling breaks down the steps necessary to tell a wonderful story! Mr. Walsh writes in a soft conversational tone that offers the reader the opportunity to learn without the fear of failure. A must read for everyone wanting to tell their story a little better. This would be a great gift for seminarians and anyone in the communications field. Enjoy! NetGalley and Moody Publishers provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jrod0504 on January 22, 2013
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This book has helped me in my Sunday School teaching as it has shown me how to make the stories of the Bible more interesting for the children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam White on December 21, 2012
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A great book teaching how to tell the stories of the Bible, making them interesting as well as factual and exciting. This is a workshop in "how-to's." It is an opportunity to learn new ways of communicating God's Word to others. I would recommend it for pastors, teachers, and anyone in a place of influencing people to read and heed the Bible for themselves.
He does seem to, at times, embellish the stories a bit more than I am comfortable with. But the idea of practicing the stories and using interesting, exciting language is very good. So often, the stories become just "facts" to learn, rather than stories to "experience." And which, of course, is the most exciting? If one would experience the stories more, one would realize they are stories to be lived out, learned from, and retold to others. I recommend this book very highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Sharp on October 14, 2012
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Yes, Walsh's book is a real eye-opener! Very cool.

After just completing a couple of the exercises following Walsh's advice is bringing new life to the scriptures and new life to my ability to communicate, period!

My wife and I want to work through it together. It's just easier with her own copy, so we've ordered another.

We're also hoping to empower the kids to communicate instead of vegetate. Definitely better than T.V.!
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