I recently listened to a talk given by Marlene Peterson entitled "Stories That Build Statesmen". She shared some wonderful examples of the power of stories and the need to teach through stories. It truly inspired me to look at what I'm reading to the boys, and what they are reading in their spare time. And just when I thought I had all my plans finalized for the year!
I highly recommend you listen to it...and I found it free here. It's on the right-hand side, towards the bottom.
I'd love to know what your favorite stories are!