The art of storytelling can enrich any worship service. Whether you are reading stories from a picture book or preaching them from memory in the pulpit, A Good Telling can help you choose meaningful stories and learn how to tell them in powerful ways. It explains foundational techniques and provides practice exercises. It also offers strategies for successfully incorporating audience participation with children and adults. Supplemental material at the back includes a workshop series, complete with five ready-to-go skill-building sessions and a model for peer-to-peer sharing of stories. In addition, a comprehensive list of resources shows where to find scores of appropriate stories to tell. Whether you are a novice or a storytelling veteran, A Good Telling is an important new addition to any worship leader's library.
Kristin Maier offers a tip on storytelling:
Table Of Contents:
Chapter 1  The Role of Story in Worship
Chapter 2  Choosing Stories for Worship
Chapter 3  Techniques for a Good Telling
Chapter 4  The Art of Preparation
Chapter 5  Listener Participation That Works
Chapter 6  Storytelling by Groups: Drama in Worship
Chapter 7  Starting a Tradition of Storytelling in Your Congregation
Chapter 8  Conclusion: Storytelling as a Spiritual Journey
Storytelling Workshop Series
Additional Resources for Storytelling in Worship
Review Choice Reviews - February 1, 2011
“This is a superb example of breathtaking research, presented in a style that will appeal to a broad audience…Rather than delivering a detailed history of the Watch and Ward, he offers up a series of vignettes that are historically accurate yet thoroughly entertaining in their telling. This is social history at its finest, and Miller should be applauded for resurrecting the history of this influential group that had a national reputation.”
Maier's book is comprehensive and provocative, not just for religious professionals but for everyone who loves stories. For those who lead UU worship, it's a must-read! Solid theological reflection, practical coaching, and eight great stories—it's all here.
—Wayne Arnason and Kathleen Rolenz, co-authors, Worship That Works
From seasoned preachers to occasional volunteers, worship leaders in many settings will welcome Kristin Maier's thoughtful encouragement and practical advice to weaving stories effectively into well-crafted services. This book is a reliable guide to choosing appropriate material, practicing basic technique, and developing confidence. Urging "not perfection, but authenticity," Maier shows how good stories well-told can invite listeners of all ages into a larger, sacred narrative. Whether reading aloud from a picture book, spinning a tale from memory, recasting a traditional piece or inventing something new, we are all story-makers. A Good Telling deepens our human instinct for narrative into creative spiritual practice.
—Victoria Safford, senior minister, White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, Mahtomedi, Minnesota
Everyone knows the power of a good story. Kristin Maier's thoughtful and useful guide puts that power within reach. A Good Telling puts the verb back into both stories and worship, reminding us that the good telling of stories is a sacred act that can make our worship come alive. This is a book as theological as it is practical; it belongs in the library of every worship leader, clergy and lay, seeking to engage heart and mind together. Many thanks to Kristin Maier for sharing her wisdom and skills and her stories with us.
—Karen Hering, author of Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within