Story Warren


Yesterday marked the launch of a brand new website called Story Warren. It’s the brainchild of our good friend, S. D. Smith, who’s been patiently cooking it up over the last couple of years. Head over and check out the site. You’ll recognize quite a few of the names on the masthead. Here’s how Sam describes the Story Warren mission:

Story Warren exists to serve you as you seek to foster holy imagination in the children you love.

We want to do this primarily in two ways:

Mostly, we want to write and share posts that will inspire, encourage, and foster holy imagination in you. Trickle-down imagination! I don’t know about you, but I can’t give to my children what I don’t have. Children become engaged when we are engaged. Also, we need the very same thing. Our focus here will center on children, but most of that applies to us as well.

Secondly, we want to serve as a connection to storytellers, song-singers, teachers, and others who are doing this wonderful work. Imagine this place to be like Rick’s in Casablanca, except with way fewer Nazis. It’s a place to connect with others who are on the same road, to be exposed to some artists and authors who are potential allies in your battle.

We want to be champions of construction. There’s a million places on the internet to fight about stuff. (I know, I counted.) We don’t want to be another place where angry, anonymous people can prove they’re right on the internet. Grab a hammer, or a wheelbarrow. Leave the wrecking ball alone.

Let’s build together, loving the little ones by everything we make.

We want to be allies in your efforts, coming alongside and sharing our water canteens, maybe telling some dumb jokes. But we do truly hope God uses this place in your life for your deep joy and his great glory.

We’re on your side.


  1. Matt Conner

    Inspiring, Sam. Very inspiring. Anxious to see what develops from this as the site grows.

  2. Jaclyn

    God bless you —

    I start my first year as an Elementary and Middle School Spanish teacher on August 1st. Yet again, my Heavenly Father shows his caring hands, holding me.

    Thank you, Sam, and everyone involved, for being the kind of people through whom God showers mercy.

  3. Josh Bishop

    Excellent news. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the role of stories in fostering my children’s moral imaginations—and that imagination’s place in the Christian worldview. There’s a definite need for this type of thing.

    I’m excited to tag along for the journey!

  4. Carin Meerdink

    I love this concept and really appreciate the heart to help parents. The site looks delightful, and I’m sure it will be a wonderful resource for us. Thank you!

  5. Allison

    This launched on my birthday and I was so excited to see it debut. What a gift to this mom of 3! We have recently begun reading aloud chapter books and are currently about two-thirds of the way through The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. I delight experiencing it through my children’s eyes. The oldest is only 5, but I think he is already trying to figure out how Aslan can be King in Narnia when he knows Jesus is King of our world.

  6. LauraP

    “We want to be champions of construction.” This is one of the best sentences I have ever read.

  7. Africa S

    I love how relevant this is to… everything happening in my life. As a church camp counselor, and as I have spoken to my pastor, who is looking to supplement her children’s bible study with creative exercises like writing stories and things of that nature. Will definitely be spending some time around the site!

  8. April Pickle

    We parents DO need the very same thing. We need it MORE than than the children do! We need encouragement to fight to keep that wonderful, God-given imagination from being squelched in ourselves and in our children! And it sounds like that new venture is coming alongside us parents to do just that. Looking forward to checking it out!

  9. S. D. Smith


    Thanks for all the well-wishing and happy back-slapping. The encouragement is needed and appreciated. And thanks to the Rabbit Room, for being the pioneer in whose road we travel so much more comfortably, because of your trailblazing. (Boy, that was a bad sentence, but you get the point.)

  10. TheOneTrueStickman

    This is awesome. Even more so since there used to be a paper mill in my area operated by S.D. Warren and now my brain will forever associate and confuse all three of you.

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