An Evening with Mark Yaconelli: Weathering the Holidays

Between the Listening and the Telling by Mark Yaconelli
Event date: 
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location
160 Winston Dr #9
Athens, GA 30601

Rabbit Box and Avid Bookshop presents an event with Mark Yaconelli, championing the importance of community institutions such as Rabbit Box Storytelling that bring people together to hear stories. Join us at on Friday, December 9, 2022, at 7pm, for an interactive workshop on how stories can help us weather the holidays by moving beneath the normal conversational patterns within our families to find real connection and empathy. This workshop celebrates his new book, Between the Listening and the Telling: How Stories Can Save Us, which will be on sale by Avid at the event.


Stories tether us to what matters most: our families, our friends, our hearts, our planet, and the wondrous mystery of life itself. Yet the stories we've been telling ourselves as a civilization are killing us: Fear is wisdom. Vanity is virtuous. Violence is peace. In the pages of Between the Listening and the Telling, storyteller, author, and activist Mark Yaconelli leads readers into an enchanting meditation on the power of storytelling in our individual and collective lives. We tell stories to remember who we are. We tell stories to savor the pleasure of living. Stories can be medicine, and they can transform entire communities.

Through his work with The Hearth nonprofit, Yaconelli has spent thousands of hours listening to people as they grieve loss, deepen friendships, strengthen families, shed light on injustice, and recover hope. In this moving exploration, he shows us how individuals and communities can recover the practice of storytelling to address the despair of climate change, the trauma of school shootings, the tragedy of undocumented immigration, and the daily struggle for meaning.

With a foreword by Anne Lamott, Between the Listening and the Telling offers an alloy of story, commentary, and meditation. In an era of runaway loneliness, alienation, global crisis, and despair, sharing stories helps us make a home within ourselves and one another.


Mark Yaconelli is a speaker, facilitator, and author of five previous books. As founder and director of The Hearth nonprofit, Yaconelli has worked with the Lilly Endowment, Compassion International, and the Mexican American Cultural Center of Austin, among other organizations. Yaconelli holds an MA in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union and received a spiritual direction diploma from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Profiles of Yaconelli's work have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, as well as on BBC Radio 4, NPR, and ABC World News Tonight. He and his wife have three adult children and live in Ashland, Oregon.

Between the Listening and the Telling: How Stories Can Save Us By Mark Yaconelli, Anne Lamott (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Mark Yaconelli, Anne Lamott (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781506481470
Availability: May be on our shelves or available in 5-10 business days
Published: Broadleaf Books - August 9th, 2022

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