"Unique and powerful, The Story of With will take readers deep into the discovery of their own identity. "Bravo! This fascinating blend of storytelling and teaching will shift the thinking of all who take this journey."
New York Times Bestselling Author, TED DEKKER
"Through allegory and invitation, Allen Arnold ushers us into a journey of imagination, insight, wonder, and wisdom...Read The Story of With!"
New York Times Bestselling Co-Author of Captivating, STASI ELDREDGE
"This is your invitation into deeper identity, intimacy, and imagination with God. Like finding the place you've always longed to be. The moment you finish this book, you'll race to grab one for a friend. Highest Recommendation!"
Bestselling Author of The Long Journey to Jake Palmer, JAMES L. RUBART
"Allen has written a roadmap for dreaming with God. The Story of With is a beautiful, revelatory parable, filled with wonder, mystery, and adventure."
Author of Prone to Love & Untamed, JASON CLARK
- From the Foreword -
"You are not alone. Whether you're a free spirit, an office exec, a writer, musician, college student, or tired parent-your soul, like mine, knows life is meant to go beyond rat races and rare applause. This book speaks to that belief. And if you're not careful, you may find tears warming your eyes as you read because finally someone is naming your weariness, your striving, your questions of why you just can't quite make it, or the emptiness that hit because maybe you did. It is into those places The Story of With reaches-fusing allegory with application-to offer fresh perspective, restored hope, and a rebirth of creativity."
-From the Foreword by Mary Weber, Christy & Carol Award-Winning, Scholastic Pick Author of the Storm Siren Trilogy.
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About the Author
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I like creating. Specifically I like creating stories with words, and pictures with colors. I create on the computer. And I wish I could sell what I’ve created. But why? I believe with Allen Arnold, author of The Story Of With, that creativity is a God-given gift, and that God wants me to create. I agree with the author that my best creativity is achieved when I work “with” God. And I agree that God’s purpose was not to make me successful, but to draw me closer to Him. But I would so love to be successful. The Story Of With includes an allegorical tale, much in the style of C.S. Lewis, of a young woman whose creativity hits an all-time low after the loss of her job. A hero’s journey follows where the protagonist, lost on a lonely road, gets to choose if she’ll take a chance on a side trek or follow the uninspiring certainties of a garage with gas to a slow trek back to her car with nothing changed. The side road leads to mystery and revelation - most delightfully to the idea that a broken bottle, as drawn on the cover of the book, can be more beautiful than the original if mended with gold. So what have I learned? To stay expectant, but not let the world so define what I’m expecting that I can’t see what I’m offered. To know the joy of creating in God’s company, and see myself as a child of God. And to delight in the doing, not the producing. (But I still wish I could sell!) I enjoyed the book. The allegory had me wondering at several points which direction it would take. And the lessons are wise. Disclosure: A friend loaned me this book.
The moment I began the first chapter, I could not put it down. I found myself so enraptured with every word that I could not even leave my room until I finished it... in one day. I know that God was truly ministering to me through this author's incredible story. My eyes were opened to ways I had never knew as this story was teaching me how God wants me to LIVE-- spiritually, creatively, emotionally, physically, and mindfully-- and not just simply do. More importantly, this book was a tool for all "bohemians" to grow deeper and stronger in our relationship with not only our Creator and Father, but each other. Now that I bought the paperback, I can't wait to read it again and share it with my family!