David Denborough writes this book in pursuit of a shared dream with Michael White: to write a book for the general public to disseminate the narrative ideas and allow the reader to cultivate their resilience on a daily basis.
It is therefore a book deeply accessible to anyone.
In a society where we are caught up in a frantic pace, where high standards (of beauty, success, intelligence, conformity and all other sorts of injunctions) make us cultivate the painful idea that we are not enough, the dissemination of these ideas seems to me essential and liberating.
This is the reason why I decided to translate this book to the French language.
These lines allow the reader to connect to his or her resources and to all that is valuable in his or her life.
They also allow us to position ourselves in a broader historical line. In an age increasingly tinged with 'Cancel Culture', these lines invite us to reconnect with our ancestors. If we do not share their views or actions, this book invites us to understand their context and, above all, to act as agents of change in redressing the potentially harmful effects of their actions. What a great idea to get out of sterile judgement and take action by realising that we write history even through the smallest of our actions.
But that is not all. Beyond the deep reflections that this book invites us to have, it will also be very useful to any Narrative Practitioner willing to enrich his or her practice. This book is a major work that offers a panoramic view of all the founding principles, concepts and processes of the narrative approach. It wonderfully conveys both the profound philosophy of Narrative Practices and the detailed exercises through which the author guides us step by step to our favourite stories.
Finally, this is a book that does not hesitate to address adversity and the great ills of our society. These themes are not approached in a judgmental or vindictive manner, but with the profound intention of enabling us to create systems that allow us to "navigate through the dark hours of our lives into the present moment." (Michael White).