Bob Hartman has an enviable reputation as a performance storyteller. Here are his insights into how to retell Bible stories plus 35 great stories to practise on. The book is structured by storytelling styles, with pull quotes and boxes to keep the central material clear.
– The four relationships at the heart of biblical storytelling
– How stories work
– How to take a Bible story and recast it to compel the audience’s attention
– The elements in a story that make it “shine”
– Traditional tips and techniques to engage the audience
– Reading the Bible in public
Good storytelling comes from blending your own passion, wit and creativity with skill. This book shares the secrets of the skill and is both a training manual and a resource! This is a revised and expanded edition of ‘Anyone Can Tell a Story’ first published in 2002, with many new stories and ideas.
“Biblical storytelling can do one of two things,” says Bob. “It can excite and inspire and create a thirst for more. Or it can bore and embarrass and leave a group with a sad sense of ‘so what?’ And that’s an important difference, if you believe, as I do, that those stories contain something essential about who we are and who God is.”
“In restoring the lost art of storytelling, this man has made the Bible accessible to thousands. And now he shares his secrets with us. I picked up on so many tips. No more boring church. Let’s inspire the nation. If you could kill to tell a story like Bob Hartman, buy his book instead” Michele Guinness