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The Storyformed Podcast is here to celebrate the soul forming power of imagination, good books and beauty in the life of your child.

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    • 4.8 • 88 Ratings

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

    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.

    • 20 min
    Episode #30: Q & A and an Announcement

    Episode #30: Q & A and an Announcement

    In this Storyformed episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker answer listener questions and make a special announcement. 

    Topics include:

    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

    • 47 min
    Episode #29: Using Stories to Enhance Summer Experiences

    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. 

    Topics include:

    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

    Book recommendations

    • 49 min
    Episode #28: Cultivating Your Child's Imagination

    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. 

    Topics include:

    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

    Book recommendations

    • 45 min
    Episode #27: Why Do Goodness, Truth, and Beauty Matter?

    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.  

    Topics Include:

    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

    Book recommendations

    • 38 min
    Episode #26: Stories From the Farm

    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.

    Topics Include:

    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.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

scm_one ,

5 stars.

If you love books or want to love books, check out this podcast.

JamieinMidwest ,

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.

Jordan Faeh ,

Always Inspiring!

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.

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