Magazine article Anglican Journal

Stories Help Communicate Deep Truths

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Stories Help Communicate Deep Truths

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NANCY COCKS LISTENS to children and takes them seriously. Their thoughts and what they are experiencing of life all around them is where their questions about God take root. She believes that story-telling is a way of meeting those questions. After all everybody loves a good story. Consider how people, young and old, gather each year to hear, sing about and act out, the Christmas story.

She has been a minister in the Presbyterian Church in Canada for more than 20 years and taught pastoral theology for 10 years at the Vancouver School of Theology. Understanding how stories play a role in communicating deep truths has been central to her ministry and she has spent years of research into how it works. It has also led to her writing illustrated storybooks for children, the most well known probably being the various adventures of Fergie the Frog.

Growing, Up with God is divided into three parts. The first part draws on her research and contains excellent advice on how to relate and work with children in their own space. Part two is a collection of her stories with the author's commentary on how the story may be used. …

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