reading: A Storyteller’s Anthology

“Occupying an antiquated position in the digital age, storytelling is rarely employed today, but when offered in the right setting, it is still appreciated.” – Douglas Feavel

There is a certain je ne sais quoi (the word “magical” seemed too cliche) about the way that storytelling instills ideas, emotions, and truths in the mind and soul. Douglas Feavel takes “26 Inspiring Character Portraits for our Time” and arranges them in a way that answer some of the most important questions of our time, and leaves us with critical choices to make in light of these stories.

In the book’s introduction, Feavel outlines the six criteria that each story in his collection meets – character, nonfiction, age, oral presentation, sticky-points, and heroes. As a regular “nonfiction (in the sense of practical application, ‘textbook-type’ books, not the ‘non-fiction’ that Feavel categorizes) books” reader, the criterion that stood out most to me was the first – Character. Feavel writes of character as, “demonstrating unselfish virtue and moral integrity in difficult circumstances.” My MBA textbooks and professional self-development books talk about such Character in terms of theory and application, but Feavel brings new life to the term in this collection of stories.

I found “A Storyteller’s Anthology” compelling, and the lessons and examples of faith, love, and hope illustrated in these stories to be timeless, inspiring, and memorable. I appreciate Feavel for holding onto Storytelling, and for helping his readers to remember this “antiquated” art form.

Aneko Press, the publisher of A Storyteller’s Anthology, provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Buy it here on Amazon.


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