By Andy Hale
What’s the best story you have heard recently? From streaming shows to countless videos on YouTube, from the latest Indie film to the box office smash, and from endless choices on Spotify to the news notifications on our phones, we are a culture saturated with stories.
Stories inform and inspire us. Stories challenge and transform us. Stories remind us of where we have come from and where we could be going.
Stories are the very fabric of our connection to one another. In fact, stories will either unite or divide us. Stories have a way of defining who we are and where we stand.
Therefore, each person’s story matters. We are all storytellers.
“Because you are the storyteller—your life is the most important story you will ever tell. It is your story and there will never be another one like it,” wrote Annette Simmons, author of The Story Factor. “When you ensure that the stories you tell and the story you live are consistent with your beliefs, life is less stressful. As the story you live, tell, and believe becomes more congruent you don’t feel as scattered, pushed, and pulled by external events.”
We sat down with Alexa Tewkesbury, an award-winning screenwriter and children’s book author, to discuss the art of storytelling.
Tewkesbury’s has authored the Pens and TOPZ Secret Diaries series, It’s a Boy!, and It’s Christmas. In 2006, she was the winner of the UK Christian Book Awards. In 2016, her screen play for “My Month With Mrs Potter” won the Driver Award for Best Feature Film at Coventry International Film Festival 2016.
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CBF’s podcast shares stories from across the Fellowship and innovative practices of those working to renew God’s world. The vision is to share ideas, stories, and innovations from ministers, authors, and practitioners.
Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy