The Storyformed Podcast is here to celebrate the soul forming power of imagination, good books and beauty in the life of your child.
Episode #31: Updates and Changes
In the podcast today, I share some reflections about my adventure to England with my family this summer. My husband graduated with his doctorate in theology from Durham University so we thought it was the perfect excuse to take the whole family. We loved seeing the sights and spending time with friends - old and new.
Episode #30: Q & A and an Announcement
In this Storyformed episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker answer listener questions and make a special announcement.
Cultivating imagination without it leading to violence and aggression;
Book recommendations for young boys;
Picture books suggestions with themes of courage and bravery;
Favorite audio books for kids ages 3-5; and
Book recommendations for new readers
Episode #29: Using Stories to Enhance Summer Experiences
Do you want to travel more with your kids, but realize this may not be a likely reality in your near future? Or maybe you are traveling soon and want to enhance your experience through reading books about the place or culture. Today on the podcast, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker share about their summer plans and give book recommendations to aid you in transporting you and your kids to other countries, the beach, woodlands and many other places and locations.
The value in taking advantage of more space in summer to read
Ways to travel to nearby or faraway places through books
How to create summer booklists with your kids
Episode #28: Cultivating Your Child's Imagination
Do you sometimes wish your child had more of an imagination? Do you wonder what steps to take to help cultivate an imagination in your kids? Today on the podcast, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker talk about why imagination matters in life and faith, drawing from the stories of inventors, authors, and even their own experiences with their kids.
How imagination inspires creativity
How imagination leads to a life with God
Ways to cultivate imagination in our kids' lives
How to create space for imagination in our children
Episode #27: Why Do Goodness, Truth, and Beauty Matter?
Do you ever hear people rattle off the words, 'goodness, truth, and beauty', and wonder what they are talking about? We mention this triad of words from time to time on the Storyformed podcast, but don't often take the time to discuss what we really mean when we say them. So, today I had the opportunity to interview philosophy professor Adam Pelser about this topic!
Adam received his Ph.d from Baylor University where he studied under Bob Roberts, a renown Christian philosopher. Adam is a currently a philosophy professor at the Air Force Academy where he teaches Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Love, and even a course on C.S. Lewis and Philosophy. He writes on emotions and virtue formation and he is currently writing a book on Emotional Evidence for God where he explains how we can see God with the "eyes of our heart." You can connect with Adam on Facebook and Twitter (@AdamCPelser) and at his website - adampelser.com.
The value of understanding goodness, truth, and beauty as Christian virtues
How goodness, truth, and beauty show up in everyday life
How goodness, truth and beauty reveal themselves in stories
Episode #26: Stories From the Farm
In this episode, Holly Packiam talks with her husband, Glenn Packiam, and their daughter, Sophia Packiam about farm life. Glenn shares his first experience of going to the farm, and Sophia talks about what visiting the farm has meant for her childhood. Holly discusses how reading Wendell Berry helped realize the gift she was given by growing up on a farm and having a poet-farmer for a father. Sophia contributes to the conversation by talking about the various farm stories and books set on farms that she’s read and what she’s gained from them.
How farm life can teach us to see beauty in the ordinary and to have patience and persistence through difficulty;
What Sophia would tell young people who find farm stories uninteresting;
Why reading farm stories are not about nostalgia or idealizing a certain way of life, but rather about learning a new perspective and gaining new virtues.
If you love books or want to love books, check out this podcast.
A favorite podcast!
I always look forward to a new episode of the Storyformed podcast. I am so grateful for all the practical advice and inspiration. I love that the message of this podcast is that we are all a part of a greater story, God's story, and that we were made for stories.
This podcast is such a delight. I feel giddy every time I see a new episode appear because I know I will have new books to add to my to-read list (either for my kiddos or me)! Holly and Jamie and are so insightful and their own passion for stories gives me the desire to have that same passion to give to my children.