这个人是美国最好的骗子吗?

图片嘘!唐纳德·戴维斯(Donald Davis)在讲一个故事。

实际上,当戴维斯(Davis)上班时,您不必舒服:他的故事为您服务。听众向前倾斜,头部朝他的声音方向弯曲,每一个单词都紧张耳朵,他们听到的单词经常使他们喘着粗气,叹了口气或大声笑。

唐纳德·戴维斯(Donald Davis)是讲故事的人,但他并不总是如此。二十年来,他是卫理公会部长。But he couldn’t seem to keep the stories out of his sermons, not only the great biblical stories like Noah and the ark, David and Goliath, and Daniel in the lions’ den, but also the stories about his own eccentric family members and some of the odd neighbors he had known through the years.

“I didn’t learn stories, I just absorbed them,” he says as he recounts tales and more tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781. Davis grew up hearing gentle fairy tales, simple and silly Jack tales, scary mountain lore, ancient Welsh and Scottish folktales, and-most importantly-nourishing true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin.

正是弗兰克叔叔,一个“在故事中说话”的人,帮助唐纳德捕捉了人生的真实和日常冒险……而弗兰克叔叔给了他创造性的勇气来讲述他们。

戴维斯记得:“我发现,在一个故事中,我可以安全地梦想梦想,希望任何希望,去任何我高兴,与任何敌人战斗,胜利或失败,生死或死亡。我的故事创造了一个安全的实验学习场所。”

他的会众喜欢他的讲道,但没有人敢称他为讲故事的人:在北卡罗来纳州西部,如果有人说您在“讲故事”,他们意味着您在说谎。

而且您不想称您的传教士为骗子。

但是戴维斯擅长于此,如此出色,以至于他最终从事工退休,以进行全职讲故事。在田纳西州琼斯伯勒(Jonesborough)的全国讲故事节上,戴维斯(Davis)一直是数十年来的常规赛,人群在他讲的地方打包帐篷。一位讲故事的人承认:“说唐纳德是每年参加全国讲故事节的近10,000人来说,这并不是一件很大的吸引力。”他的书籍和CD总是在资源中心首先售罄,这使一些人想知道:

“这个人是美国最好的骗子吗?”

里士满ers will have a chance to answer that question for themselves May 30 – June 1 when Davis comes to town for “America’s Best Storytellers,” a weekend festival to be held at the Byrd Theater in Carytown and the historic First Baptist Church at the corner of Monument and the Boulevard. Barbara McBride Smith, a champion storyteller from Tulsa, Oklahoma, will also be featured at the festival, along with Virginia storyteller and accomplished banjo picker Rex Ellis.

节日组织者戴维·豪威尔(David Howell)招募了当地的广播和电视名人来主持这项活动,并邀请当地讲故事的人在周日下午的阵容中试镜。也许美国最好的骗子就在里士满……

…只是等待被发现。

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周末的门票为35美元;仅周五或周六晚上10美元。注册或简单获取更多信息访问http://www.thebeststorytellers.com