- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Allen Arnold (August 29, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692769587
- ISBN-13: 978-0692769584
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Story of With: A Better Way to Live, Love, & Create Paperback – August 29, 2016
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About the Author
Allen Arnold has spent twenty years in the publishing industry. He now offers transformative messages anchored in identity, creativity, and intimacy with God. He lives in the mountains of Colorado.
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Top Customer Reviews
Mia, the main character, is trying to find her way to the place she needs to go in her life. One station along her route is a perfect kitchen filled with pleasant and skilled chefs. Some of them take her under their wings and help her. She has always wanted to be a chef. She’s a great cook, but she has always cooked exactly by recipes.
A chef in charge of helping her encourages her to choose seven ingredients and create a dish. As he and the others in her group assist her, he asks a question. What if other people don’t like your dish?
She said she’d toss it out and start over. She’d try a new recipe. But he’d already explained to her that recipes are merely other people’s creations. I digress a moment. The author had already shown that Mia and the chefs were following the recognized methods of cooking. They weren’t breaking the established rules; instead, the established rules and the kind chef gave her the freedom to use the skill of cooking to create her own dish.
Back to the question—
“Do not change for the critic! We are responsible to create with the Creator and then serve it to the hungry. If others don’t like it, that doesn’t invalidate the dish.” (quoted from The Story of With) He went on to explain that “we cook to satisfy body and soul rather than on order.”
I love the next thing he said. “If someone prefers another dish, let them learn to cook that rather than simply critique what another has been called to do.”
Chains fell from Mia’s heart...and from mine.
Both enlightening and empowering, Allen's cleverly crafted allegory will expose the root of your unfulfillment and calm your restless heart by inspiring you to let go of the weight of your expectations, relinquish the burden of your efforts, and experience so much more. Read this book!
More importantly, this book was a tool for all "bohemians" to grow deeper and stronger in our relationship with not only our Creator and Father, but each other.
Now that I bought the paperback, I can't wait to read it again and share it with my family!
If this sounds familiar ... If you're feeling overwhelmed ... If you want to create, but you're afraid it won't be good enough ... If your life is so broken, you don't think anything good will ever come from it again ... you need to read this book.
I noticed many reviews talk about the correlation of this read and the awakening of creativity and writing, and while I fully agree; for me it drew a beautiful picture of simply awakening to a deep connection with our Father in order to fully discover all that was placed within us from the beginning and the choice to persevere though difficulties in order to become fully alive in EVERY capacity of life. In order to discover this place of fulness, we must choose to posture ourselves in such a way to receive the gifts that are available with God.
I love every aspect of not only the content, but also the unique combination of fiction and non fiction. It keeps the reader engaged in a relaxed flow of both external story and an internal story. This book has solidified many things within my heart. I highly recommend it!
This Bible verse has always given me pause and filled me with a longing to walk intimately with the LORD. When I read Allen Arnold’s The Story of With, I found an invitation to do just that: to walk with God in wholeness and freedom as His beloved daughter.
This book reminds of the profound truths of God’s love and the identity of His children. It beckons the isolated striver to trade doing more for being more, to live fully with God and with others. Using allegory, personal anecdote, and insightful teaching, Allen Arnold tells a story of wonder on the page that beckons readers to a story of “with” in their lives. I highly recommend both reading the book, and accepting the invitation it extends.