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Beth Hautala is author of Waiting For Unicorns, and The Ostrich And Other Lost Things. She lives with her husband and four children in northern Minnesota where she strives to write stories that tie heart and imagination together. 

 

 

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Nov252014

Week Six ARC Giveaway—Storytelling

“A story never belongs to just one person,” she explained to me. “It belongs to every person who has ever told it, and to every person who has ever heard it. And that makes storytelling quite an important thing.”

In WAITING FOR UNICORNS, this is how Talia's mother explains the value of telling a story to her daughter. Essentially, it's the idea that stories hold weight, because we are recounting (to ourselves and to others) bits and pieces of human experience. We are reminding each other what it means to be alive!
 
Question #6)

Is there a particular story that holds great weight in your life? Or perhaps a particular storyteller whose tales you find especially moving or profound?

Leave your response in the comments for a chance to win one of three ARCs of WAITING FOR UNICORNS. Winners will be announced Wednesday Dec 3rd. 

Reader Comments (3)

In my mid teens I was given a book for Christmas titled "Jesus Freaks". It held testimony after testimony of real people, often in countries of persecution, encountering God in a very tangible, sometimes unbelievable way. Each account filled me with inspiration and often brought me to tears with the depth of courage and loyalty that was continually displayed, often at the cost of life. The height of faith and dedication was contagious and proved vital in forming my own character and values. It also gave a full view of the iron will of the human spirit when it is thoroughly saturated with the power of heaven and the love of the Savior.

November 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Hamilton

What a beautiful gift, Rachel! I've read bits of this book too—tears. Lots of them. From me. Amazing what tremendous faith is demonstrated by those God takes in hand, holding and upholding. I feel like I have much to learn from these kinds of testimonies.
Thanks for sharing!

November 26, 2014 | Registered CommenterBeth Hautala

The first book that I remember really making an impression on me was Charlotte's Web, which I read in elementary school. EB White's words danced right off the papers to me as a child. Charlotte's Web taught me about friendship and love, and even though it's a kid's book, it will forever hold a special place in my heart. :)

December 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatelyn

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