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In the end darkness is overcome, and light wins the day.

June 14, 2024

Last time we described the seven basic plots Christopher Booker discovered in over thirty years of research. No one could ever read all the stories ever written, even with a hundred and thirty years; but I believe Mr. Booker read a very representative sample, as much as anyone has ever read. Read his book, all…

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After thirty years of research, Christopher Booker concluded there were only seven basic plots in all the stories ever written

May 29, 2024

After thirty years of research, Christopher Booker concluded there were only seven basic plots in all the stories ever written. Quite a claim. Might the truth be somewhat different? Possibly. Is there a great deal of truth in what he discovered? I believe so. Here they are (and I apologize for the length of this…

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Might there only be a small number of plots in all the stories ever written? 

May 14, 2024

Last time we talked about the basic plots in stories. Might there only be a small number of plots in all the stories ever written? People have suggested this from time to time, but no one had ever seriously investigated it. Until . . . Christopher Booker. He had been writing a book which focused…

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The truth is all around and deep within, we cannot escape it

April 30, 2024

Last time we finished with Ebenezer Scrooge, one of my best friends. We spoke about the fact that God speaks to us through stories, that He influences storytellers, often without their awareness. But more — we all know the real story of our lives, for God placed this understanding deep within our hearts. It manifests…

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Might there be hope for all of us?

April 17, 2024

When we started with Ebenezer, I asked – might there be hope for all of us, no matter our demons, if on one Christmas Eve, the nastiest and greediest of old men could be transformed into a loving and generous soul? You might say it is only a story, but I would ask – Where…

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Now that you know more about Ebenezer Scrooge…

March 28, 2024

Now that you know more about Ebenezer Scrooge, and especially his childhood, can you feel some compassion for this nasty, greedy old man? I hope so. With enough humility, we should be able to admit if we’d walked in his shoes, we could have turned out much the same — with wealth, but literally all…

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Last time we began with Ebenezer Scrooge.

March 14, 2024

What many believe is only an entertaining Christmas story, turns out to be a heart wrenching tale about an old man who’s never been able to come to terms with the excruciating truth he was essentially thrown away and forgotten by his father when he was a boy. This is why Ebenezer hates Christmas, and…

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The story of Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol may be the most popular Christmas story of all time.

February 29, 2024

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol may be the most popular Christmas story of all time. Might there be hope for all of us, no matter our demons — if on one Christmas Eve the nastiest and greediest of old men can be transformed into a loving and generous soul?…

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The Meaning of Stories

February 15, 2024

Last time I promised to share how my love affair with stories began. I have loved stories since I was child, but as a psychoanalytically oriented psychologist, I learned to listen very closely to the stories patients told in my consulting room. It is not an exact science, but Freud and his followers discovered certain…

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How could stories, all stories, have any common voice at all?

January 30, 2024

On the back cover of my book, Once Upon A Time, a collection of short stories for those trying to find their way home, it says, “Stories have always been about us, a mirror in which we can see ourselves — our hopes and dreams, but also our greatest dilemmas.” “Since the dawn of man,…

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Welcome, I'm Sam!

A fellow traveler on this journey we call life and this path we call the Christian faith, wanting to speak to anyone who will listen about the incredible things that God (only because of His incredible grace) chose to reveal to me. Stories have always been a mirror in which we can see ourselves, if we only look more closely. We are all like the children of Israel in the wilderness, wanting and needing to establish ourselves in the promised land. Stories can help us to get there, and to flourish there.

I can't wait to get to know you!

Best,
Sam

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