What Gives a Story Power?

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Jesus often taught through parables. Aesop's fables are shared with children around the world. Stories with deeper lessons can be powerful. As a literature-rich educational company, Sonlight relies on this fact.

On the other hand, there are thought-provoking quotes which--in my opinion--are ruined by the stories attached to them. The most recent example for me: "Write your hurts in the sand. Carve your blessings in stone." The story that goes with that quote didn't help. Rather, I felt like it detracted from the power of the idea.

So what makes for a good story? What gives a story power?

Personally, I'd say: Compelling characters facing realistic situations in ways in which I can relate. "Realistic," of course, can span worlds with mythical creatures, indestructible characters, and other elements so far outside of reality that there's nothing "realistic" about them. What I need, instead, is a consistency in that world and connection between this world and the one I'm entering.

The books I had the privilege to enjoy as part of my homeschooling education with Sonlight dripped with a reality that often pointed to a deeper one. The stories were compelling, the characters felt real, and the truths these stories implanted in me stick to this day. The stories included in every Sonlight® Core program have power behind them.

What do you find gives a story power? Do you have any quotes/ideas that you find compelling apart of the tale associated with them?

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester

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