- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Moody Publishers; 1 edition (March 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802408567
- ISBN-13: 978-0802408563
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,472,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tell Me a Story: Finding God (and Ourselves) Through Narrative Paperback – March 1, 2013
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Scott is a genius! This book is inspiring, challenging, and a lighthouse that calls us to a new narrative. I loved this book and you will too!
Jon Acuff, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Quitter and Stuff Christians Like
One of the great tragedies of our time is that the Christian community is losing its story. In today's distracted and disrupted culture, the Church's voice is fading, because we've lost sight of the power of story. Scott McClellan's fascinating new book Tell Me a Story is a timely reminder that to engage a media-driven world effectively, we need to get back to the mindset of Jesus—telling compelling stories that transform lives.
Phil Cooke, Ph.D, Filmmaker, media consultant, author of Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media
Tell Me a Story is an invitation to embrace the story of God unfolding in all of our lives. It's a witty, insightful, and practical look into the raw beauty of story and its transformative power.
Charles Lee, CEO of Ideation, author of Good Idea. Now What?
Tell Me a Story is a reminder that the life of following Jesus is not a rigid, legalistic experience, but a story in which we get to breathe and live. Through these pages, Scott writes of God's invitation for all of us to surrender our character, conflict, narrative, purpose, and plot to God, the greatest storyteller of all time.
Amena Brown, Author and spoken word poet
In Tell Me a Story, Scott McClellan offers the next generation of leaders a fresh, personal, and inspiring way of seeing themselves and their place in the world. Scott calls each of us to be storytellers, and it's a call I hope we answer.
Brad Lomenick, President and lead visionary of Catalyst
I have long believed in the incredible power of Story. Scott reignited that belief and will make you believe it too.
Blaine Hogan, Author of UNTITLED: Thoughts on the Creative Process
I opened this book and found myself "right in the middle of a page-turner." Scott has a compelling way of sharing his story and the stories of others while leaving room for mine. You want to know how he does it? Get this book. Not only will you get the answer to that question, you'll also find out what gob smacked, group freak out and hip-dislocating mojo has to do with anything.
Kem Meyer, Communications director at Granger Community Church, author of Less Clutter. Less Noise.
Scott McClellan is a gifted writer who crafts each and every word into beautiful sentences, compelling the reader into the narrative journey of their lives. And Tell Me a Story did just that. It continually drew me into the belief that my story mattered, and that God wants to use it. And as I began to believe that my story mattered, I began to not only encounter, but pay more attention to the daily work of God in my life.
This is the type of book I want to hand to people in my pastoral and counseling work and say, "Your story matters...you need to share it with others." But it's not just a book for others; it is a book for me. It's a book that reminds me that because my story matters to God, I'm to come alongside others and encourage them to live out and tell their story.
Rhett Smith, Marriage and family therapist, author of The Anxious Christian
Tell Me a Story is a book that needs to be read, written by an author who needs to write it. Scott McClellan has combined his spiritual depth with his dry humor, and has given the world this timely and beautiful work of art. The more we visit and revisit the Story we're caught in, the more we'll find ourselves living out our highest calling of Christ in us, through us, and in spite of us. I thank God for Scott's voice—a voice that calls us back into both the telling, and into the living out, of the only Story that really matters.
Gary A. Molander, Owner and founder of Floodgate Productions, author of Pursuing Christ. Creating Art.
Few people are as capable as Scott McClellan to write a book like this. In recent years, he has become one of the most trusted Christian voices on effective communication. In Tell Me a Story, Scott seeks to empower readers to become captivating and compelling storytellers. You'd do well to listen to what he has to say.
Jonathan Merritt, Faith and culture writer, author of A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars
From the Back Cover
Do You Know What Makes a Great Story Great?
All the best stories have a few things in common; sometimes we just have to step back from our daily routine to see them. First, we need the voice of a narrator or a storyteller. Then, add interesting characters, throw them into a risky setting, and get ready for a good dose of conflict. Give those characters a purpose or goal and then...well, then the real action begins!
When we recognize the elements of a great story, we begin to see our lives as a part of God’s story. We’ll better understand what He has for us, what we should believe about this story, and how we should live.
God’s story is happening. We are right in the middle of a page-turner—and God is in it with us. Start seeing your life as a part of God’s story and make some great adventures happen right now!
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McClellan's chapters on culture and community are worth the price of the book. McClellan helps his readers see that they cannot change culture in a single-handed way, but they can bear witness (tell the story) to others and bring hope out of despair. The Good Samaritan, for example, in being a loving neighbor, could not heal the victim he found on the road or extricate violence from society. But he could live out his love in such a way that a life was spared.
In discussing community, McClellan reminds us that it isn't simply "Jesus and me" but that we are called into a bond with others that brings dignity to life and bears witness to the story at the heart of which is God's plan to reconcile sinners to Himself and to one another.
I hope you will read this book and find it as inspiring, instructive, and helpful as I have.
Thinking back over thirty years of sermons I am thankful for the instruction, inspiration and exhortation those thousands of sermons brought to me. But in reality I only remember a handful of those sermons. And the ones I remember were all stories. Stories do not just inspire, challenge or educate. A good story told well sticks with you forever.
Scott McClellan believes the church is filled with storytellers and her wants to see them rise up like Elijah’s vision of the Valley of Dry Bones. Scott, a student of narrative, is the author of Tell Me a Story. Combining the best thoughts from some of the leading authors on story like Donald Miller, Robert McKee and Kurt Vonnegut, Scott has created a concise, instructional and practical book designed to inspire Christ-followers to let their stories flow especially stories of faith.
In his chapter, The Church Must… Scott writes, “The shared conviction that a church is meant to be a storytelling collective that bears witness to the gospel and bears one another’s burdens changes the inward workings and outward expressions of a local body of believers.” He continues, “We must teach people to be storytellers, to speak meaning and hope amid chaos. We must be attentive storytellers who listen with empathy to the stories of others because human beings merit human connections… Communities and great stories don’t happen by accident – they are a result of intention.”
If you serve in a church, go to a church, or lead in a church, Tell Me a Story is a book that will inspire you to be the storyteller God has created you to be.
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