A Storyteller’s Anthology: 26 Inspiring Character Portraits For Our Time is not a book that you should read fast. There’s too much to think about and digest. The individual stories themselves are not long, you can read through them quickly. I found myself not wanting to jump right into the next story; I wanted to let what I just read soak in a little. Because of that I have not finished the entire book; I’m about half way through.
I have enjoyed all the stories I’ve read so far. A couple of them I heard before but the majority were new to me. I like that with the well-known ones the author has added additional information to; there is backstory and information about what happened after the events in the story. He explains (in the very long introduction) that he collected and revised the stories over the years as he told them to many different groups.
I was thinking of reading them aloud to my children, but I think that I will wait a couple years yet. It seems like I would have to do extra explaining at this point with my tween age children. The stories seem better suited to teenagers and adults.
I personally have enjoyed the stories and they have given me things to think about. A side benefit is that they have helped restore some of my faith in humanity that has gotten a beating lately with world circumstances.
The anthology is based on a Christian world view and does contain Bible verses with the stories.
Here is some backcover copy:
A captivating combination of epic tales, heroic character profiles, and timeless parables, this inspiring anthology is filled with unforgettable people who challenged and changed their world in remarkable and admirable ways. You’ll be introduced to personalities who are living and historical, familiar and unknown, domestic and foreign. Prepare to meet pilots, farmers, missionaries, engineers, martyrs, businessmen, pioneers, presidents, soldiers, writers, and scientists – whose shared motivations become a part of us and our heritage. Together they answer the pertinent questions of our time: What makes a genuine hero? Why is a hero’s life worth understanding? How does a hero personify favorable character?
Each story will find its special place in head and heart – dwelling there to influence the critical choices ahead of us. From Preface to Epilogue, each page advocates making a positive impact on others and mastering the days we are given. Readers depart with an abiding conviction of the real difference one committed life will make. No matter our past or where we find ourselves today, we will be inspired to finish well.
Good lives make a good book and Douglas Feavel knows it. These are the tales he tells with zest; these are the tales you will long treasure. Search, but you’ll not find another like this one. Enjoy the dynamic portraits; then share them in family, church, workplace, ministry and educational settings, because that’s how they began, and that’s why they were written.
You can find more information at the author’s site. Published by Aneko Press. This book was sent to me for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.