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Simply Stories Podcast

Feb 6, 2020

Today my conversation is with master storyteller Shawn Smucker. Shawn’s unique voice as he shares about the writing life AND the beautiful stories he writes are truly captivating and leads the reader to ask questions in their imagination as well as in their hearts. His most recent release from 2019, Light From Distant Stars weaves a tale that presses the reader to the edge of reality, but also carries a banner of hope and reconciliation. 

I’m so grateful for the podcast for a lot of reasons, but getting to talk with people like Shawn has brought such depth to my faith, my imagination, and most definitely my bookshelf. I’m so grateful that artists like Shawn exist and are sharing their God given talents with the likes of us. I hope if you are an artist, particularly a writer, that you feel encouraged and maybe even inspired by what Shawn shares in this episode. Since we recorded our conversation, Shawn also launched a podcast, “The Stories Between Us.” that he and his wife host together, and it is another source I can’t say enough good things about. They talk about what its like for them to raise their six children, both work as writers, and how they walk through the hard questions.Shawn also has a new book that he mentioned a little about coming out in 2020 called These Nameless Things. The cover art and small synopsis for it was just recently released and it is beautiful and super intriguing! It comes out in June and you can actually pre-order it on amazon and other resellers now.

Find ways to connect with Shawn, his books, and more resources for this episode here.



The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis 

Umberto Eco The Name of The Rose

The Day the Angels Fell 

Light from Distant Stars

The study we mention is from The Whole Brain Child

Madeline L’Engle- “if writing about a topic too hard for adults I write for kids”

These Nameless Things - Coming out in June!

The Smucker’s Podcast - “The Stories Between Us”

Kate Dicamillo- “The Tale of Despereaux”

Francine Rivers

Scripture References: 

Mark 4:34 :: Jesus didn’t speak without telling a story

Luke 15:11-32-Prodigal Son

Ephesians 6:12- We are not at war with flesh and blood

Connecting with Shawn:




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