5 Awesome Quotes on The Power of Storytelling

T hese five quotes from writers capture glimpses of the power and truth of storytelling.


“Any storytelling that proclaims its central idea on a billboard is preaching and not singing. All good writing–even sermon writing–is basically begun in exploration.” – James Calvin Schaap

“Write a nonfiction book, and be prepared for the legion of readers who are going to doubt your facts. But write a novel, and get ready for the world to assume that every word is true.” – Barbara Kingsolver

“Fiction explores a far deeper and more important level of truth than verisimilitude can touch.” – Rudy Nelson

“Most students think that writing means writing down ideas, insights, visions. They feel they must first have something to say before they can put it down on paper. For them, writing is little more than recording a pre-existing thought. But with this approach, true writing is impossible, for writing is a process in which we discover what lives in us. The writing itself reveals what is alive.” – Henri Nouwen

“Because new ideas are often as flighty as lightning bugs – little beads of light unpredictably moving in and out of our consciousness – it’s vital to record them for future use.” – Luci Shaw


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Len Wilson

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Christ follower. Storyteller. Strategist. Writer. Creative Director at St Andrew. Tickle monster. Author, Think Like a Five Year Old (Abingdon).