About a year and a half ago, Chris and I got to go to the Lillenas conference, a Christian drama, music and worship conference in Kansas City. It was a blast–we both learned a lot about the nuts and bolts, as well as the spiritual dimensions, of drama in the church. It spurred a lot of good ideas for both of us. But the neatest thing was getting to meet so many people who actually make their living writing and producing Christian drama. Torrie Martin, who wrote the Judge Mental series of sketches, was hilarious and adorable. The gang behind “Uncle Phil’s Diner” dinner theatre were smart and sharp. Chuck Neighbors and his improv group were amazing. And we also had one class together with a neat guy named Steven James, a professional storyteller and dramatist.
I’m a storyteller at heart myself, so Steven sort of stuck out for me. Well, imagine my surprise while walking through Wally World a couple of weeks ago and seeing one of his books in the book aisle. The cover art was so fetching, it caught my eye immediately–a black cover with what looks like the old Dewey Decimal system pocket embossed into it. Once I picked it up and read the back, I had to buy it.
From the Back Cover
Do you crave a faith that matters in the day-to-day?
If so, professional storyteller Steven James claims that you need to go back to the very beginning and let God’s story untangle you.
Using the power of imagery and the drama of narrative, Steven leads you through a journey into the mystery of faith. From creation to Christ’s birth, from his first miracle to eternity and everything in between, you will see familiar scenes from the Bible like you never have before. They will wake you up spiritually. They will re-inspire your faith journey. They will jolt you into action.
Prepare for Story to unleash the powerful possibilities and passion of your faith, to give you a new look at the gospel and a new vision of God.
It’s really, really good if you’re looking for a fresh connection to God. James’ poetry is sprinkled throughout, along with observations that are funny, honest, and real. I finished it last weekend, and it’s definitely one that will be on my re-read stack.
In the event that you are boycotting Wal-Mart (or the book isn’t available at your particular Wallytopia), you can find it here on Amazon.