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By using Bible stories, dialogue, drama, and songs, you can teach as Jesus did to make disciples.
Today in America, half of the people won’t or don’t read that much. Begin creatively transforming the lives of this generation by using first-century methods of teaching--storytelling, drama, and dialog.
The “TruthSticks” strategy is a revolutionary approach using the DNA of the first century disciplemaking that will:
· Use Bible Storying to effectively make disciples at all levels
· Unite families by using fun methods to disciple children
· Revitalize small groups
· Develop a disciplemaking church
A creative tool to use in leadership, evangelism, or missionary work.
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The 'why do it," 4.5/5, the "how to do it," 3/5
When realizing that not only children but also adults have difficulty retaining things that are taught to them, I was looking for a resource that would help me teach adults Biblical truth in a way that helps them remember. The linear, logical style common from most pulpits and Bible study groups was meeting mostly blank stares. The author’s of Truth that Sticks do an excellent job in presenting the rationale for why “storying”—that is, the story being the teaching with follow-up discussions—is an important method and meets the needs of the majority of people world-wide.
What I found dissapointing was that the authors only provide a high-level overview of how to implement such a teaching structure. The vast majority of the book focuses on the ‘why,’ not the ‘how.’ I would have greatly preferred much more depth and information on the tools for teachers to use rather than referencing another program that would need to be purchased. Nevertheless, as a starting point, it is important to know why change is needed and this book certainly meets that requirement. In this regard, I rate this book 4.5/5. In regard to tools teachers can apply, I rate this book 3/5.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
12/31/2010 1:59:22 PM
Review of Truth That Sticks
In their book, Truth That Sticks: How to Communicate Velcro Truth in a Teflon World, Avery T. Willis, Jr. and Mark Snowden deal with the problem of discipling those with inadequate literacy or those who simply choose not to read. Through their experience with missionary work overseas and working with primarily oral cultures, they have developed a system of oral storytelling from the Bible. They have found this simple approach to be effective in engaging people through small groups, discussion, and practical application. Using the model of Jesus' teaching, they have found a way to bring oral learners into the church through a multi-disciplinary approach.
As Christianity has been considered a religion “of the book,” this approach seems simplistic and wrong minded, giving literate people a reason not to read the Bible. It appears to be an extension of the new trend toward experienced-based learning and an avoidance of education—along with basic reading and writing—based in texts. One has to wonder whether this allowance for learning preference will degrade general literacy and knowledge; as this approach becomes more popular, the popular theology of C.S. Lewis, who was a highly literate scholar, might be out of reach for those schooled in this practice. Oral storytelling might have been dominant in the time of Jesus, but returning to this mode of learning seems almost like a regression rather than an improvement.
11/26/2010 3:25:18 PM
Truth That Sticks by Avery T. Willis Jr. and Mark Snowden
A lot of research has been done around the fact that the best way to get most people to learn something is through storytelling. This book proposes a programme of 'Bible storying' to enable effective discipleship.
It's really convincing, and I am now acutely aware of how little people remember of what they're taught. It's also well written when you take into account its dual authorship.
I want to underline that I think this is a good and useful book, but I'm not sure it quite hits the bullseye for me. After reading it I'm really aware that my natural teaching style is ineffective, but I don't know how to make it better! This is particularly difficult when it comes to studying a Bible text which itself isn't a story. To my mind the book would have benefited from an example study.
Ironically, my single biggest issue with this book is that it isn't written in the style that it's preaching about!
Overall, I think this book is a really, really good first step. If you're not sure about preaching styles, let this convince you...but don't expect this to be a 'how to' guide to telling stories.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
11/22/2010 4:30:05 AM
Left wanting more...
What would Jesus do? This common question could be rephrased to ask, How did Jesus do it? when wanting to know how Jesus taught truth to people in the 1st century. Avery T. Willis Jr. and Mark Snowden try to answer this question in their book Truth That Sticks: How to Communicate Velcro Truth in a Teflon World. The challenge of making disciples in the 21st century is greater with the increase of less literate ways of communication and a generation who prefer these oral and visual means of communicating. The “TruthSticks” strategy introduced in the book involves using interactive Bible storying methods to provide fun ways to disciple children, revitalize small groups, and develop disciple making churches.
As an elementary school teacher, I was very interested in the methods proposed in this book for the less literate and oral learners in the classroom. While not directly applicable in some aspects, I did come away with some new strategies for planting God’s Word deeper into these young hearts.
I often found portions of the book light on practical “how-to’s” and heavy on statistics and anecdotal success stories. The photographs at the beginning of each chapter often do not seem to relate well to the chapter title and the reflection questions at the end of each chapter lack depth.
While bringing an important and valuable tool to the discipleship toolbox, I feel the authors could have gone into much greater detail to help implement the changes needed to help make Bible storying a regular part of the disciple-making process. This book would be better suited to the lay leader or those that lack formal theological education. I was left wanting much more… I give this book 3 stars out of 5.
11/10/2010 6:13:32 PM
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Truth That Sticks: How to Communicate Velcro Truths in a Teflon World, is written by Avery T. Willis, Jr. and Mark Snowden, both skilled communicators with a heart to reach the unsaved world with the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through this book, they present an approach to communicating the truths of God’s Word through storytelling and other means of relating to oral learners, giving the argument that much of today’s American modes of evangelism and church discipleship follow routes viewed as more of a literary approach with linear thoughts and expository preaching. They state that this is necessary, not only for the unreached people groups of the world who are unable to read and often may not even have any sort of written language available, but also for the growing number of Americans who are unskilled at reading and are accustomed to visual or auditory means of communication through movies, etc. or other methods which often allow for a very short attention span.
In the chapters of this book you will find examples of this style of evangelism at work, changing lives as Gospel truths are grasped. It also gives practical helps, questions, and advice for those desiring to implement in the way they communicate to those around them. I found the authors to be excellent teachers, drawing from years of experience in guiding churches, mission agencies, and individuals. I think this is a valuable read for all believers who desire to spread the Good News, and it’s message will assist me in teaching my children as well sharing with others.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
11/10/2010 1:31:20 PM