This year, we are thrilled to have several stories that take place on mountains around the world:
Kosciuszko Tough by Hannah Morrison. Mount Kosciuszko is the highest mountain in Australia at 2228m.
One Blue Arrow at a Time by Naomi Currie about climbing St Mary’s Peak (Ngarri Mudlanha), 1168m, in the Flinders Rangers.
My Journey Climbing Mount Kinabalu by Leanne Low. Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia at 4095m.
The Golden Detour by Kaitlin Turland on climbing Mount Catherine, Egypt, 2,629m.
As can be imagined, mountain climbing pushes us to the limits of our endurance, and awes us with spectacular reminders of the greatness of God. These stories carry us along in the physical challenge, but also enable us to experience, vicariously, what it is to:
lean 20 degrees into wind gusting at 60km/hr in order to help your eight-year-old sister continue climbing (Kosciuszko Tough)
feel gear envy when your water bottle is a freebie emblazoned with sponsor’s logos, but others have ‘the lightweight backpack with inbuilt water-cooler and sipping tube’. (One Blue Arrow at a Time)
prepare for months as the youngest member of a group comprising five families (My Journey Climbing Mount Kinabalu)
give in to hot and tired frustration when your Bedouin guide leads you downhill when the summit is so close that you can see it in your mind’s eye (The Golden Detour)
If your reading chair beckons, but you still want to feel some of that mountain-climbing adrenalin and learn some of those life lessons, pick up a copy of Papa’s Shoes at the book launch or online. Only one week to go.
Juni’s story, Miracle, was published in the 2018 Stories of Life anthology, Three Dummies in a Dinghy. It is a story about a pair of crystal earrings that shone rainbows in the sun, Juni’s grandmother who gave her those earrings and the God who loved her enough to listen.
‘Miracle’ began as a journal entry. I love journaling and spending quiet moments reflecting on where I’ve seen God show up in my life. I was then challenged to craft my experience into a story. I enjoy this challenge because I believe in the power of stories to move people (whether that’s through song, dance, art, film, or simply talking with someone face-to-face). My favourite form of storytelling is writing, and through entering Stories of Life three years in a row now, I’m learning more and more how to turn real-life experiences into compelling stories. I find this so exciting and love what Stories of Life is about connecting writing, faith, and real-life stories.
I’m currently looking at publishing a book called When Heaven Meets Earth: Thoughts on kingdom living. It’s about everything I’ve learnt about God, mission, heaven, community, identity, etc. from 12 years of serving at beach mission. I’m just in the process of editing and getting final endorsements and permissions. Then next year, the plan is to publish a book with my artwork about how God helped me through depression and anxiety. I’ve attached a couple drawings to do with that project. And, of course, I’ll look forward to entering Stories of Life again next year too – yay!
Tracey’s story Wanna swap? was published in the 2018 Stories of Life anthology, Three Dummies in a Dinghy. She also visited the LifeFM studios in Adelaide and recorded her story for broadcast over the 2018/2019 summer. This is her story.