Hello wonderful Hearth community!

I am so excited to announce the release of my new book Between the Listening and the Telling: How Stories Can Save Us, with a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Anne Lamott. This book is a labor of love that seeks to distill the essential insights I’ve learned from over two decades of working with story and community, story and healing, story and the struggle for meaning. It’s a deeply personal work that shares images from my own life as well as the lived experiences of so many people I have encountered over the years—from farmers in North Wales, to refugees in Calais, to climate scientists in Colorado, to local folks from here in Southern Oregon. It’s a book rooted in the community building work of The Hearth, and one that I believe will give you greater empathy and hope for humanity.

–Mark Yaconelli


To celebrate the new book and the work it represents, The Hearth is sponsoring several events including…

  • Book release. Join us on August 7th from 7 to 8 pm at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland for our official book release.
  • Oregon Small Town Tour. Workshops, conversations, book talks and other events to help folks across Oregon experience the power of story. See tour listings here.
  • How Stories Can Save Us: An Evening with Mark Yaconelli. On September 22, come celebrate the book’s release with a special night of stories by Mark Yaconelli. The night will include local musical guests, free champagne, and a book signing.
  • National Tour. The Hearth’s Stories on the Road Tour with workshops, trainings, retreats, and other events to help folks across the U.S. experience the power of story. See growing list of towns and events here.