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Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling
Laura Simms is an acclaimed storyteller whom The New York Times has called a major force in the revival of storytelling in America. Laura's way of telling a story allows the mind of the listener to rest in a realm of imagination beyond thought, and stimulates its faculties of kindness and relationship. In this book she examines the spiritual and social aspects of storytell ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Sentient Publications
(first published July 16th 2011)
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Apr 18, 2015 Caleb Winebrenner rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: educators, storytellers, poets, performers, activists
Every once in a while, a book comes along that elucidates all of the accumulated wisdom its audience works with. In leadership, that book was The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. In oral storytelling, that book is Laura Simms’s Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling. Living in a word where “storytelling” is a buzzword, Simms offers a ray of sunlight through an open window. She is fresh, tender, and heartfelt. Her books is to be read slowly, which is why I’ve taken the better part ...more
This is a book that speaks to my heart. Laura Simms is one of the few nationally/internationally known storytellers whose repertoire is still grounded in traditional tales. (Most tellers in her league, at least in America, primarily tell personal or original stories.) In this book, Laura makes a persuasive experiential case for the power of not only fairy tales but of storytelling -- the transformative experience that deep listening and deep telling found only in face-to-face storytelling can ev ...more
This book reflects the magic of storytelling. It is a combination of memoir, myth and fairytales that will enchant anyone interested in storytelling as performance. This book is perfect for people seeking for spiritual understanding and those who use narrative in their lives. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand how the power of storytelling affects society and has affected our history. This is a magical book written by a wonderful internationally known author. Loved it ...more