In Truth that Sticks: How to Communicate Velcro Truth in a Teflon World, Avery T. Willis Jr. and Mark Snowden write about telling Bible stories that will hold people’s interest while sticking God’s truth to their hearts. People remember and learn a lot from stories: nearly every American can summarize multiple movie plots and watching television and blockbusters has altered the public’s conscience. People are more likely to watch a movie than pick up a book. Yet, most churches are primarily sermon-based. This book demonstrates why churches should use Bible storytelling to teach God’s Word, and it shows the effects on churches that have done so.
From the beginning, the authors, who have international Bible storytelling experience, give support for the practice. Every account of its practice shows its effectiveness and how receptive people are to it. Reflection questions end each chapter, and short true stories of people and storytelling are sprinkled throughout, always in relation to the surrounding text.
The conversational writing is remarkably smooth for a two-author work, neither awkward nor choppy. The chapters progress well, none seeming out of place. The examples of the effectiveness of storytelling, however, and the “how to communicate” in the subtitle, led me to expect that the book would explain the storytelling process in detail. Such explanations, as far as helping me tell Bible stories, weren’t included, though a section after the appendix listing oral resources was.
Overall, Truth that Sticks is an interesting book about developing effective ministry in the 21st century. Willis and Snowden collaborated well. Whereas I would appreciate an inclusion of storytelling instructions, the book’s primary purpose of showing the usefulness of storytelling is effectively fulfilled. Believers interested in alternative methods of making disciples will appreciate and learn much from this book. Storytelling does help truth stick. – Meredith Sell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Today in America, half of the people prefer not to learn by literate approaches. They simply won’t or don’t read much. Begin transforming the lives of this generation by using first-century methods. Jesus taught His disciples and the crowds through parables, and now you can take Jesus’ approach in discipling. The “TruthSticks” strategy is a revolutionary approach using the DNA of first-century disciple making that will:
• Use Bible storying to effectively make first-century disciples at all levels
• Unite families by using fun methods to disciple children
• Revitalize small groups with highly interactive Bible-storying methods
• Develop a disciple-making church
Make truth stick like Velcro in a Teflon world by using Bible stories, dialogue, drama, and songs. Use all the methods of learning and teaching that Jesus did to make disciples!