​​​There is more to the story.

A Novel Approach – The Significance of Story in Interpreting and Communicating Reality
by Michael Matthews

​In this book, you will be introduced to a uniquely comprehensive approach for truly understanding and effectively communicating within any community or culture. In the first chapters, you will be exposed to a fundamental understanding of three basic concepts and their interrelationship with each other. These concepts are: reality, interpretation, and story. Building upon this critical three-part foundation, you will become familiar with a novel model of culture and a story-based methodology for discovering the stories, values, worldview assumptions, and prime drivers of any group of people. Armed with such a discovery package, you, as a learner/communicator, will be well-equipped to interact effectively within a familiar or an entirely foreign community or culture. Bottom line, this book will help you to understand yourself, others, and God—that is its simplicity—and its profundity.
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​Paperback ISBN: 978-1-77302-890-3 – Hardcover ISBN: 978-77302-891-0 – eBook ISBN: 978-1-77302-892-7

MICHAEL MATTHEWS is a consultant/trainer with Worldview Resource Group. He has lived and ministered in Canada, Alaska, and Siberia. In each context, the focus has been church planting among indigenous people. His ministry roles have included church planter, Bible teacher, curriculum developer, church-planting consultant, and field director. Currently, he and his wife live in northern Idaho. Michael is the owner and principal of Novel Approach Konsulting (NAK).
True reality exists, despite every culture distorting it. All people arrive at some biased view of reality via the story in which and by which they live. Unfortunately the ultimate story of reality as revealed in the Bible is too often presented before the would-be evangelist is adequately aware of the hearer’s story. Such an approach is naïve at best and often leads to one of mission’s more persistent blights – syncretism. Discover how to transcend these all-to-often drive-by evangelistic efforts and Band-Aid versions of telling the Bible story. Take a Novel Approach. Become aware of the hearers’ interpretation of reality that supplies their core assumptions about all of life. In his well-researched and purely authentic discussion Michael Matthews respectfully integrates reality, hermeneutics, story, and missions into a compelling and practical story-based methodology to guide cross-cultural workers through the maze of discovering the particular story and its implications of a host community. The fundamental goal, however, is not simply discovery but ultimately clear communication of the timeless and true Biblical Story within the perceived reality of any community or culture.