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The Power of Testimony Is Gaining Traction

Publicly telling one’s story, or a personal testimony, has always been pervasive among Christians. In recent years some of the secular world has woken up to the power of testimony. Groups and assemblies of storytellers sharing wisdom gleaned from personal experiences have been cropping up in the US and Canada. Listeners are motivated, inspired, and guided.

Confessional style storytelling of average people has been popularized by a non-profit called The Moth. They stage over 500 shows per year across the US. The Moth Radio Hour was launched in 2009 and is now on 500 public radio stations and has one million weekly listeners. The Moth’s weekly podcast is downloaded over 73 million times annually. Executive Director Sarah Haberman told Forbes that “no matter where you’re from and whatever your background, your story has the power to unite people, to break down walls—even when you can’t be in the same room. That pursuit feels urgent right now.”

Author Richard Wagamese wrote: “All that we are is story. ... It is what we arrive with. It is all we leave behind. We are not the things we accumulate. We are not the things we deem important. We are story.”

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