Reality and Other Stories
Exploring the life we long for through the tales we tell
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Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press
Number of Pages: 160
Width: 11.1 cm
Height: 17.8 cm
Stories shape us and give us meaning - but is it coincidence that the same seven basic plots repeat over time and across the world? What if stories not only reveal something about human psychology, but also give us clues to the meaning of the reality we live in? Discover how these archetypal stories - Overcoming the Monster, Rags to Riches, The Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Tragedy and Rebirth - are not only universal, but also found in the story of Christ. What if Jesus' story is where myth becomes history and can give true meaning to all our lives? Explore for yourself the explosive claim that the life of Jesus isn't just another story, but the true story that satisfies our deepest longings.
I could almost hear this book as the banter of storytellers lingering around a dinner table as Pete & Matt regale us with their shared delight in the power of story. I have long been encouraging filmmakers to make adaptations of the stories and themes of scripture and found this approach of looking through Christopher Bookers "seven stories" genuinely inspiring. -- Luke Walton, Producer, Reel Issues Films.