Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Review: The Art of Story Telling by:John Walsh
About the Book:
Many of us would love to hold the attention of a crowd, a classroom, or just a group of our friends by telling them a great story. We have felt the pressure of a public presentation or the disappointment of a story that is ignored and we are ready for more.
In The Art of Storytelling, John Walsh talks through the steps to presenting a compelling story, outlining the strategies that helped him move from stutterer to storyteller as he fulfilled his calling of becoming a preacher. This book will help any person with a story to share, as it talks through all aspects of presentation, from what to do with your hands as you speak, to crafting a killer ending. It is especially relevant those who teach through the stories of the Bible or who would like to do so.
My husband has had almost the same experience as the author. He has been called into the ministry and has felt the same pressures as the author. He has trouble speaking especially to a group of people and is not too educated. But God called him nonetheless. So for many years he questioned his calling because of many things but mainly because of these two points. As a result he has started seminary and he is at the point in school where he will start writing sermons and delivering them and he is in a word...terrified.
I will be giving him this book entitled, The Art of Story Telling by John Walsh. Mr. Walsh promises that his book will do alot to improve your presentation to groups of people and that is not limited to ministers or master story tellers, it is geared toward anyone trying to accomplish this feat. The author himself has stuttered for years but has found a way around that by using his methods to improve on his storytelling.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest opinion by the publisher.