Well I am on vacation this week and I am having a great time. In preparation for this year’s new program, Story, I am spending a lot of time enjoying great stories. In addition to reading the parables of Jesus, I’ve been enjoying some work by modern and classic storytellers. Here’s some of what I’ve been checking out:
I finished reading Winning the Story Wars by Jonah Sachs. This is a marketing book that looks at stories and how to use them to spread your message. While this is a business book and not a Christian book, there are a lot of principles in this book that could be applicable to the ways we communicate the Gospel and promote our ministries.
I watched the movie Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. This amazing film deals with the idea of manipulating people by manipulating their dreams. It is really action-packed, and a movie you really have to pay attention to. I absolutely loved this movie and it helped me to see how to handle mulltiple storylines simultaneously.
One of my Christmas gifts was the movie, The Avengers. As a cartoonist/comic artist, I’ve always had a thing for comic books and comic movies and this is a great one. Imagine bringing many superheroes, not to mention super egos, back stories, etc. and you have a recipe for some great conflict (an essential element in every great story). These heroes would probably destroy each other, were they not drawn together by a common threat, forcing them to join forces to save the world.
Just before vacation, I received a notice on Facebook that a publishing company was releasing C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy for the Kindle at a discount. I never even realized that this series existed, but it’s wonderful. I read the first book Out of the Silent Planet in about two days. It’s a great read typical of Lewis’ allegorical storytelling. I downloaded the whole trilogy for $6 and it is worth a lot more. I’m two chapters into the second book Perelandra, and it is showing signs of being as good as the first one. Don’t miss this series.
This morning I caught a matinee of The Hobbit. This is a fabulously well-made film that NEEDS to be seen on the big screen. Peter Jackson takes some liberties with the original text, it is a wonderful interpretation. I’m told this is the firt of three movies, and all I can say is I can’t wait for the second installment.