The resulting collection of 75 stories are not only appealing and charming, they pack a powerful punch, triggering self-reflection and a desire to grow in the faith. Because his stories are themselves imbued with grace, they have the same effect as the simple parables of Christ – they teach, heal and inspire.
Basically, A Storytellers Guide to a Grace-Filled Life is a collection of 75 stories and reflections, categorized by subject, all revealing the grace of God. Scripture and three questions for reflection follow each story. Although The Storytellers Guide is divided into five chapters, each with a theme, every story stands on its own, which means this book is a perfect starting point for personal prayer; simply flip through the book and allow the Spirit of God to guide you to a story meant for you each day.
Tony’s reflections on Scripture are always rooted in personal experiences and never fail to connect with his reader’s lives. For example, before making insights into the real meaning of Lent, Tony recalls humorous examples from his own childhood which dramatize Catholics’ misconceptions surrounding the season of Lent.
I’d give up candy for Lent only to gorge myself on chocolate Easter bunnies, Peeps and marshmallow Easter eggs on Easter morning.
Another time I gave up broccoli and asparagus, both of which I disliked, and watermelon which is out of season during Lent! (pg. 91)
That is the problem I have with rule-book Catholicism. We are so fixated on following the rules we miss the reason for the tradition. (pg. 91)
Every time Tony offers advice, the reader knows experience and his own personal struggles to grow in the Lord are the foundation for his wisdom.
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