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About Mark

Mark Bair

I’m passionate about stories—reading stories, writing stories, telling my stories of my life, listening to the stories of others, and helping anyone tell a better story, more honest story.
Why? Because telling genuine stories has the potential to connect people on a deeper level.

Businesses, as well as faith institutions, would bring more value to society if they told better stories.

I’ve been a writer and a teacher for over thirty years. I live in Columbus Ohio with my wife Carol, and I’m the father of two adult children. I love to travel and hike in Utah, New Mexico, and lately, northern Michigan.

In a season of failure and soul searching, I became aware of a distorted story I was telling myself. I had a broken narrative, in which my sense of identity was shaped by, “I have succeeded at this,” or “I have failed at that.” I was stuck in a story about my own accomplishments.

Gradually, I came to see that the real and comprehensive story of my life is not about being a hero. Nor is it about being a failure. My story is that God has pursued me in spite of myself. I call it a beautiful intrusion.

As a result of that painful period, I began to write stories about finding beauty in the brokenness.