Passion for helping good stories find their way.
If you don't believe God has a sense of humor, just look in the mirror. Humor is a truly human phenomenon—crossing history, culture, and every stage of life. Jokes often touch on the biggest topics of our existence. And although it may seem simple on the surface, humor depends on the use of our highest faculties: language, intelligence, sympathy, sociability.
The amazing story of pilot Tammie Jo Shults, adapted for young readers! Tammie Jo worked hard, had faith, stayed true to herself, and overcame every obstacle on her journey to becoming a navy pilot. Years later, those lessons served her well as she was put in the right place at the right time to safely land a crippled plane and save 148 lives.
In the fifteenth century, official church edicts gave Christian explorers the right to claim territories they "discovered." This was institutionalized as an implicit national framework that justifies American triumphalism, white supremacy, and ongoing injustices. The result is that the dominant culture idealizes a history of discovery, opportunity, expansion, and equality, while minority communities have been traumatized by colonization, slavery, segregation, and dehumanization.
In the spirit of Mr. Holland’s Opus, this classic story of human triumph reminds readers of the incomprehensible joy found in music and in using our own lives to make the lives of others better.
Much more than a sports memoir, in Inseparable Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin share the previously untold details of the powerful and inspiring story behind the modern NFL’s first one-handed player, and his twin brother’s unrelenting devotion, sacrifice, and love.
Duck Dynasty stars Al and Lisa Robertson were desperate for their love to survive—and with God’s help, they realized the only answer to marital and family betrayal is all-consuming, life-altering, desperate forgiveness. In their new book, they share this message with anyone who wants to exchange broken relationships for healing.
The book is an imaginative but historically sensitive sketch of the life of a significant early Christian female leader, Priscilla. Priscilla's life, however, is more than a life—it is a clear window through which Ben Witherington offers nothing less than a sketch of first-century Christianity's expansion throughout the Roman Empire—all the way to Rome.
The backstory of John Avery Whittaker, the beloved patriarch of the Adventures in Odyssey audio dramas, continues with more intriguing mysteries and exciting action. Book 2 concerns a coffin previously hidden under the floor in an old, supposedly haunted mansion and the meaning behind an old journal bequeathed to Johnny by his grandfather.
Frederick Buechner is one of the most gifted writers of his generation, and his legacy casts a long shadow over Christian letters today. As a memoirist, he opened up an entirely new way to think about the genre. As a novelist, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer. And as a theologian and preacher, he pioneered the art of making theology accessible for a popular audience.
After watching his career as a professional baseball player go down in flames, Cy Young Award-winner Barry Zito discovered a real connection with God and a renewed passion for life.
More than twenty years ago, Rich Stearns came face-to-face with that question [of faith] as he sat in a mud hut in Rakai, Uganda, listening to the heartbreaking story of an orphaned child. Stearns’s journey took much more than a long flight to Africa. It took answering God’s call on his life, a call that tore him out of his corner office at one of America’s most prestigious corporations, to walk with the poorest of the poor in our world.
The longtime chief marketing officer for Chick-fil-A tells the inside story of how the company turned prevailing theories of fast-food marketing upside down and built one of the most successful and beloved brands in America.
By all rights, Caylin Louis Moore should be dead, in prison, or stalking the streets of Compton with his fellow gang-members. Instead, he’s a Rhodes Scholar, author, speaker, and role model for every kid deprived of hope in downtrodden communities. A Dream Too Big is the story of Moore’s exodus from one of the most impoverished, gang-infested communities in the United States to the golden, dreaming spires of Oxford, England.
Millions of people around the world have been inspired by Devon’s tireless devotion in helping his daughter, Leah, learn how to “beat up cancer.” But in these pages, Devon takes readers behind the headlines to reveal the deeper story of what prepared him for that fight.
In this book World Relief immigration experts Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang move beyond the rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration. They put a human face on the issue and tell stories of immigrants' experiences in and out of the system. With careful historical understanding and thoughtful policy analysis, they debunk myths and misconceptions about immigration and show the limitations of the current immigration system.
When Love Does first appeared in 2012, Bob Goff was described as "the world’s best-kept secret." More than 800,000 copies later, he is no longer a secret. But Bob never stops surprising, and in Everybody, Always, his eagerly awaited follow-up to Love Does, he reveals what happens when we stop worrying about a challenging world full of difficult people and instead simply love them: we discover the outsized, unfettered, liberated existence we’ve always dreamed of.
Excerpt from published fiction that led to me being awarded one of 36 highly competitive NEA Fellowships in Literature for 2018. "NEA Literature Fellowships represent the National Endowment for the Arts' most direct investment in American creativity. . . . These fellowships are highly competitive, with 1,692 eligible applicants in FY 2018. Applications are reviewed by a panel through an anonymous process and are judged solely on the artistic excellence of the work sample provided." (https://www.arts.gov/news/2017/nea-fellowships-support-creative-writers-and-literary-translators-total-12-million)
Book review on Chapter16, the website for Humanities Tennessee, to provide literary coverage throughout the state.
After the time when dark first became distinct from light, earth carved away from water and man sculpted from mud where the two met and then his woman fabulously formed straight from him by the magic of God’s own hand, beyond the days the original growth of all and a flooding away of the darkened hearts of the earth and a solid skylit promise, dove-messengered so the transmission came through clear to man’s ears that such would never befall again: No worries. I’m on it. You’re mine.
Kitty Mills stood before the floor-to-ceiling mirror in her walk-in closet and craned her chin back over her shoulder, looking as best she could to see if any outline of the black thong crept through the pale pink skirt she’d picked out for church.
The contest judge, Patricia Grace King, had this to say about the winning manuscript: "Lush and lyrical, Reno, by Nat Akin, explores important questions of heritage and homeland. Evoking a small Florida beach town in all of its dimmed, gritty splendor, Reno is pure pleasure—from this vivid setting to the deftly drawn characters who are alternately drawn to and compelled to leave it."
She had to match up his little socks last. It probably made no difference to anyone else how it got done, just as long as it did. A chore for most. They might save socks for last because you always had to hunt for the other one, the match, at least once in a whole load of laundry. Always.
The lesbians’ little dogs are at it again. Their big house across my street is lit up at both ends against this evening shade, and I can see Doris and Jean sitting in their respective studies continuing the legal work they each, always, bring home.
story booth’s 2014-2015 literary anthology of original work from the past year-and-a-half of our afternoon creative writing workshops, featuring the stories of more than thirty-five middle- and high-school youth from seven Memphis schools.