Your Story Matters presents a dynamic and spiritually formative process for understanding and redeeming the past in order to live well in the present and into the future. Leslie Leyland Fields has used and taught this practical and inspiring writing process for decades, helping people from all walks of life to access memory and sift through the truth of their stories. This is not just a book for writers. Each one of us has a story, and understanding God's work in our stories is a vital part of our faith. Through the spiritual practice of writing, we can "remember" his acts among us, "declare his glory among the nations," and pass on to others what we have witnessed of God in this life: the mysterious, the tragic, the miraculous, the ordinary. With a companion video curriculum from RightNow Media, this is a "why not" book as opposed to a "how to" book. Leslie asks each of us an important question: "Why not learn to tell your story, in the context of the grander story of God?"
This book is one for all of the shelves. For the reader who has had the whisper of a dream to write, for the person wondering if their story truly matters, for the accomplished author wanting more, or for those just needing a bit of inspiration, this book hits all of the right notes. From page one, Leslie lights a fire in your spirit to take pen to paper or fingers to keyboard to bring light to the volumes hidden inside of your soul. This book inspires your next step, and cheers you through the wresting matches that comes with every story. Most importantly, this book provides the greatest umbrella of grace to take that first step, to see that your story not only matters, but also that it is story that needs to be heard.
If you are thinking about writing a book (or a collection of stories), you need to read this new book from Leslie Leyland Fields! It is a fantastic how-to like you've never read before. Each chapter includes prompts to guide you through the process of digging deeper and finding YOUR story. Another important aspect is remembering that YOUR story matters! No one else has experienced your life the way you have. I didn't complete all of the exercises but fully intend to go back and work through them all. Who knows? Maybe I'll end up with a book of my own. :) *I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*
What is YOUR story? Fields has written a real life, applicable, easily implemented guide to helping you craft your memoir. This is a book that will lead you down some difficult roads, but it's one that you'll be thankful for in the end.
Fields is affable and easy to relate to. She gently takes the reader to a place where they understand the nuances of their own powerful stories, seeing God's hand in every part. Through exercises that encourage us to see the winding spiritual journey of our lives, Fields equips the reader to take back control of what is uniquely theirs--their life story.
Being honest about our challenges (and victories) allows us to put down on paper the ways in which we've overcome. Sharing that story with others through memoir is how we turn what others meant for evil into good--by allowing God to redeem our painful moments and sharing of His faithfulness. You are able to leave a legacy for those who come after you--shouldn't it be one you've invested your heart in?
The cool thing with this book is that there is also a RightNow Media companion curriculum for use with it! I love having books that I can use in multiple settings, and I think a lot of this content would be easy to adapt to your audience.
If you've been looking for the encouragement to record the ways God has impacted your personal story, reading "Your Story Matters" is a great place to start. Then take some time to document your journey, taking care to be honest and vulnerable with your truth.
I was an early reader, thanks to NavPress Publishing. All opinions are my own.
Leslie does a great job of having an honest conversation with the reader about why each story matters. She goes through 7 “fear nots” when it comes to telling our stories. I recommend this book to anyone who doubts that their story can help others. We all go through things and she reminds us that what has gone on with us will be a help to someone else if we just share it!