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GIVEAWAY: Teaching Through the Art of Storytelling by Jon Huckins

What is it…

It’s the first book by my friend and co-author, Jon Huckins. If you’ve ever thought of integrating fictional storytelling into your teaching this is the book you need. (You realize this is what Jesus did with the whole parable thing, right? Yeah, totally biblical.) It’s a great resource– it flew under the radar a bit because he was a first-time author.

Who is Jon…

I first met Jon a couple years ago when I was in Berkeley, CA promoting NYWC. He came to a lunch we hosted and we met briefly. Then a few months later he moved down to San Diego to work with Nieucommunities in Golden Hill. Since August he and I have shared office space, done some life together, and worked our tails off on the Good News in the Neighborhood curriculum. Later this summer I’m fully stepping into Jon’s world by going on his trip to the West Bank. (More on this later.)

Why I like it…

  1. I think fictional storytelling is a vastly under-developed communication skill. Even if you don’t use it as a primary teaching tool you need to have this in your bag.
  2. This is right out of his ministry. This isn’t an idea that Jon had and he built content around it to support the idea. This started as something he refined in his ministry and then became a book. He’s sharing his secret weapon for capturing the hearts of hard-to-reach teenagers. You need this.

How you can get it…

BUY IT. Head over to Jon’s site and pick up a copy. (Also available on Amazon)

WIN IN. Leave a comment to this post by midnight tonight (May 22nd) and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of Jon’s book.

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25 Responses to GIVEAWAY: Teaching Through the Art of Storytelling by Jon Huckins

  1. Frank Gil May 22, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    This sounds like a really great book!

  2. Linds May 22, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    cool- I love using story telling in my ministry! 

  3. Paul Georgulis May 22, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    I’m a huge fan of storytelling and would love to get my hands on this book!

  4. Jason Elam May 22, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    Definitely sounds like something I desperately need to read! My messages have been missing that dynamic that draws people in.

  5. Jon McIver May 22, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    I like free stuff.

  6. Eric Hendrickson May 22, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    really cool concept, sounds like a really good book to pick up!

  7. Jesse Blasdel May 22, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    I have this book in my Amazon wishlist! Would LOVE to win it, though!

  8. Jordan Broyles May 22, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    Jesus told stories

  9. Rick D May 22, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    free stuff is fun!

  10. Debi May 22, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Our pastor is a great story teller – would love to gift this to him!

  11. Andrew Hedges May 22, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Looking forward to checking it out!

  12. Russell Wyatt May 22, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    I’m so pumped for this book. I just got another story-telling book (The Story Factor by Annette Simmons) and I wish I would have known about this one. I would like to read one with a ministry spin rather than that! 

  13. Joel May 22, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    I do need to develop my storytelling skills. Thanks for the book suggestion and the give-away.

  14. Jenny May 22, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I’d really like to get this. Thanks

  15. Leebarnesiii May 22, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    I have been looking for a resource like this one!

  16. Larry Darnell May 22, 2012 at 10:57 am #

     I have lots of stories…but how to tell them…hmm

  17. Brandon Pachey May 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    I dont currently use story-telling in my ministry, but Id be interesting in this to find out more. Sounds awesome. I am al

    • Brandon Pachey May 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

      also…bad at finishing sentences.

  18. Rachelannwhiteside May 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    As your friendly neighborhood office gatekeeper, I demand you give me this book. Just kidding, but would love a copy to give to my totally awesome pastor-in-training boyfriend.

    • Adam McLane May 23, 2012 at 6:02 am #

      I think Jon should give you guys a copy. I mean, he works in our office and everything! 

  19. Mike Anderson May 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    If I win it, I’ll give it to someone who really would enjoy it like I did.  See, I already have an “autographed” copy on my bookshelf…..

  20. Jon Huckins May 23, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    Thanks for the good word, Adam!  And appreciate all you commenters…quit entertaining!  Feel free to get in touch with me any time if you have questions about the book, storytelling, basket weaving or any other extremely important issues.  My contact info is here on my website:

  21. Kyle May 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I’ve heard of this book, it sounds really great!

  22. Kyle May 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    I’ve heard of this book, it sounds really great! Would love to have a copy to use with our youth group :)

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