Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of 15 novels, including The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery and When Night Comes. He has won 3 Carol Awards and 3 Selah Awards. Three of his books were finalists for Inspirational Book of the Year (RT Book Reviews). Dan is a member of ACFW and Word Weavers. He lives with his wife, Cindi, in the Daytona Beach area where they love to take walks and spend time with their grandkids. Click here to connect with Dan or check out his books.
Next month, I'll be speaking to a group of ladies, some who may be big fans of my books (others might be hearing about me for the first time). I'm told they'll want to hear all about my journey to publication, including how I transitioned from being a fulltime pastor for 25 years to writing novels fulltime. And, I guess, some other interesting things I might want to share.
As I gathered my thoughts on what some of those "other interesting things" might be, I found myself dwelling on the Power of Story. How it is that well-told stories can exert a powerful influence on us and sometimes get us to see and understand things that we might otherwise never see. There's something especially magnetic and stimulating when a certain truth or principal is illustrated by a good story. Our minds can often grasp the point at the logic level. We may be able to understand it as a concept and even begin to think of it a little more deeply. But something much more powerful happens when that same logical point is woven into and drawn out through a story. The lights come on in a more profound way.
Before Jesus told the now-famous Parable of the Good Samaritan, He and a religious leader were discussing what was necessary to receive eternal life. At first, the discussion used the language of truth and logic until the man correctly answers a question about the importance of loving his neighbor. Then the man asks Jesus this question: "And who is my neighbor?" Instead of answering the question with more reason or logic, Jesus tells us a wonderful story.
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
So...those of us who have chosen to communicate to others through the Power of Story are in pretty good company, if you ask me (and we should never feel ashamed when we do). Speaking of Story (and of shameless plugs), if you're in the mood for some nice Christmas ones, here are four I've written.