“Battle Cry” Calls Teens for Christ, Are You Scared Yet?

24 05 2007

ROLLING STONE, “Teenage Holy War”:

“I want an attacking church!” he shouts, his normally smooth tones raw and desperate and alarming. He isn’t just looking for followers — he wants “stalkers” who’ll bring a criminal passion to their pursuit of godliness. . .

YouTube video clips linked here.

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Power of Story Rules! (truth both literal and literary)

24 05 2007

Everything I always thought I knew is true! 🙂
I could blog for months on the sheer power of “school” stories to limit and define personality and possibility, before kids are old enough to develop their own narratives — too much of kiddie lit and kid movies are all about School as Reality– and don’t even get me started on the power of Bible stories to indelibly stamp identity onto kids too young to create their own narrative paths.

Then as adults we turn all sorts of themes and facts and feelings into narrative devices, bent and twisted by every character in the book.
What defining stories are your children learning, and how well-equipped will they be to write new ones for themselves? What stories do you tell yourself about how you’re shaping their power of story with your own public and private narratives?

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Which of your own storylines will you fit this blogpost into, as you read it??

(I bet I know what story Nance is telling herself — there she goes again!)
NEW YORK TIMES
May 22, 2007
This Is Your Life (and How You Tell It)
By Benedict Carey

. . .“When we first started studying life stories, people thought it was just idle curiosity — stories, isn’t that cool?” said Dan P. McAdams, a professor of psychology at Northwestern and author of the 2006 book, “The Redemptive Self.” “Well, we find that these narratives guide behavior in every moment, and frame not only how we see the past but how we see ourselves in the future.”

Researchers have found that the human brain has a natural affinity for narrative construction. People tend to remember facts more accurately if they encounter them in a story rather than in a list, studies find; and they rate legal arguments as more convincing when built into narrative tales rather than on legal precedent.

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