By Whole Heart Ministries
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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.
||CleanEpisode #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...||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #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...||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #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,...||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #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,...||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #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...||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #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...||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #25: Reading With Teens||Are you wondering how to navigate reading with teens? Today on the podcast, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker talk about how to stay connected with teens through books in this changing season of their lives. Topics include: The kinds of...||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #24: Read for the Heart - Picture Books Edition||--||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #23: Help, My Child Doesn’t Like to Read!||In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker discuss what to do when you have a reluctant reader. They discuss the different reasons for reluctance and how to be a detective to determine what is going on with your child or student. ...||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #22: Learning to Love Poetry||--||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #21: Helping Kids Develop Habits of Reading||In this episode, Holly Packiam and her husband, Glenn Packiam, talk about how we can help our kids develop habits of reading. You may remember in episode #11, Holly and Jaime discussed their quest as Christians to become lifelong learners and carriers..||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #20: Christmas Books & the Art of Cultivating Generosity||In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker share some special family memories and traditions. They also talk about cultivating generosity in their homes as well as give Christmas book recommendations! Topics include: A brief history on Saint...||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #19: Following Jesus through Advent (A Conversation with Glenn Packiam)||In this episode, Holly Packiam and her husband, Glenn Packiam, talk about the meaning of Advent. As a dad, pastor, and theology doctoral student, Glenn shares his perspective on how to celebrate Advent with your family as well as in your church...||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #18: A Storyformed Thanksgiving||In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker, talk about how to cultivate grateful hearts in their own lives and in their children. They also discuss ways of making God central amidst the activities, food preparation, and business of the...||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #17: A Conversation with S.D. Smith, Author of the Green Ember Series||In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker talk with the popular children's book author, Sam Smith. Sam is a deep well and also quite the jokester as you will observe by how much we laughed throughout the entire podcast!||10/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #16: The Life Giving Table & Fall Books||Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker discuss Sally Clarkson's new book, The Lifegiving Table, and share fall picture book recommendations.||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #15: Favorite Books for Boys||In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker have the special privilege of talking with Heidi Scovel. Heidi shares with Holly and Jaime about some of her favorite books for boys. We think your girls may like them just as much as your boys!||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #14: Back to School - Cultivating Rhythms of Reading||In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker, discuss the struggle they feel as they seek to find new reading rhythms in their homes at the start of a new school year. If you're struggling to find consistent windows of time to read with your...||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #13: Favorite Chapter Books for 9-12 Year Olds||In this episode, Holly Packiam and her daughter Sophia Packiam, discuss their favorite chapter books for 9-12 year olds. This is a perfect episode for parents and children to listen to together! The next time you're all in the car together, on maybe...||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #12: Entering Art Through Story||In this episode Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker encourage and inspire listeners to cultivate a love of art through stories. The ability to participate in God's presence through viewing beautiful works is a gift of being created in His image.||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #11: Pursuing Wisdom for Life||In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker discuss our quest as Christians to be lifelong learners and carriers of wisdom. They share from their own journey as children of God, moms, and parents what it looks like to pursue wisdom for a...||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #10: Music as a Story (An Interview with Terri Moon)||In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker interview classical violinist and violin teacher, Terri Moon. We were both inspired by Terri's stories of how she became interested in music and how she shared this passion with others.||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #9: More Q & A||In this Storyformed episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker answer MORE listener questions.||6/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #8: Q & A||In this Storyformed episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker answer listener questions.||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #7: Storyformed Summer, Part 2: Getting Out||When you think about the summer days ahead, do you think about finding space for you and your kids to get outside? I know I do. An adventure for your family may look like reading Blueberries for Sal and then taking your kids to a berry patch for...||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #6: Storyformed Summer, Part 1: Staying In||In this NEW podcast episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker share ideas about how to be intentional with SUMMERTIME!||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #5: A Picture Paints a Thousand Stories: Why Illustrations Matter||In this episode, Jaime Showmaker and Holly Packiam talk about ILLUSTRATIONS. They discuss the question - "Do illustrations matter? Or are they just a cute addition to a written story?"||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #4: Story as a Form of Discipleship||Stories have a way of disarming you, of welcoming you into a new world. Jesus told stories to awaken people's imagination to what the Kingdom of God is like, and to help them take their place in it. We believe that stories have the power to help...||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #3: Shaping the Moral Imagination Through Story||I believe one part of helping our children to develop a moral imagination is by reading them great stories with characters who see themselves as part of a larger story. What our children spend decades imagining may just come to bear witness in their...||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #2: What Makes a Great Story||How do we help our children to be drawn into a beautiful story rather than being lured away into a private world of screens, which are so prevalent in our society?||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #1: Lighting a Fire Through Sparking Imagination||A storyformed life is a true to gift to a child. What role do great books play in shaping a child's perception of self, life, and even God?||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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.
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.
So many ideas for your kids
A chance to learn about great books for your kids.