Between the Listening and the Telling: How Stories Can Save Us (Hardcover)

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By Mark Yaconelli, Anne Lamott (Foreword by)
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One of the dearest people in our lives taught us that "the difference between an enemy and a friend is a story" AND "the shortest distance between two people is a story." Learning how to tell our stories, and how to be "story catchers," people who listen to others deeply and absorb their stories, can be the key to saving us all. In today's "divided" America it is getting harder and harder to have empathy for the other. This amazing book chronicles the author's journey to becoming a story catcher and how doing so empowers him and others to share important stories that change people's hearts. Whether you read the printed book, the e-Book, or listen to the audio book (you can get all of them from us) you will be transformed.

— Craig Wiesner


""Now more than ever, we need a teacher and a book such as this.""--Anne Lamott, from the foreword

Stories tether us to what matters most: our families, our friends, our hearts, our planet, the wondrous mystery of life itself. Yet the stories we've been telling ourselves as a civilization are killing us: Fear is wisdom. Vanity is virtuous. Violence is peace. In the pages of Between the Listening and the Telling, storyteller, author, and activist Mark Yaconelli leads readers into an enchanting meditation on the power of storytelling in our individual and collective lives. We tell stories to remember who we are. We tell stories to savor the pleasure of living. Stories can be medicine, and they can transform entire communities.

Through his work with The Hearth nonprofit, Yaconelli has spent thousands of hours listening to people as they grieve loss, deepen friendships, strengthen families, shed light on injustice, and recover hope. In this moving exploration he shows us how individuals and communities can recover the practice of storytelling to address the despair of climate change, the trauma of school shootings, the tragedy of undocumented immigration, and the daily struggle for meaning.

With a foreword by Anne Lamott, Between the Listening and the Telling offers an alloy of story, commentary, and meditation. In an era of runaway loneliness, alienation, global crisis, and despair, sharing stories helps us make a home within ourselves and one another.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781506481470
ISBN-10: 1506481477
Publisher: Broadleaf Books
Publication Date: August 9th, 2022
Pages: 206
Language: English