When Words Bring Healing and Life

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned my birth mother. She left our family when I was a small child. Though she came back into my life years later, it was decades before I could write about how her decision impacted my feelings toward her. Writing about this painful truth opened my heart and, in the writing, …

Melody of Life Stories: The Why and How of Sharing Them

There are so many ways to tell our life stories. From straight-forward narratives to poetry to metaphorical fiction, and from print to audio recordings to video to artistic renderings. The options for capturing our life stories are endless. Each one of our grown sons is a storyteller of sorts. One writes short stories, another is …

Don’t Waste the Witness of Hard Things

Five years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a tiny tumor, but growing fast. The next several months were taken up with examinations, consultations, decision-making. In January, 2013 the tumor was removed and I had a lightning-fast round of radiation. Writing about my journey was therapy for me (you can read those …

A Story from the Master Storyteller

  Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were master storytellers. But then, they were taught by the Master. I’ve begun reading scripture chronologically this fall as part of a Facebook group led by my friend Traci Rhoades (featured on my blog hop recently). We’re currently following Christ’s earthly ministry. A couple of weeks ago, our readings …

Telling Stories: Of Cookies, Hope, Birthdays and a Christmas Miracle

It’s Day 14 of the #Write31Days blog marathon and I decided to feature a few blogging friends who are sharing their life stories on the internet. Blogging is not for everyone, but it is a powerful means for telling stories to a wide audience. Often, words I’ve read on blogs I follow have been just …

Guest Post: Telling Stories Opens Them To Something Greater Than Ourselves

When a memoir has the power to transport the reader to a different time and place, that’s a gift. And when the author’s words evoke the emotions she experienced during a profound period in her life, you’ve unearthed a treasure. My friend Jill Kandel’s beautiful book So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village did …

Follow the Pattern of Sound Words: Truth in Storytelling

Fair warning here: This post will be a bit random because sometimes that’s just the way my brain works. (I apologize in advance for the number of words I’m piling on you today.) In the previous post on “story” I mentioned this fact — telling our stories may change us as much or more than those …

When We Are Changed by Telling Our Stories

Life stories sometimes need to “ferment” awhile before they’re ready to be shared. You may have an experience or event, or perhaps a personal encounter, that you’ve been mulling over, wondering if others might benefit from the telling of that story. How will you know when you’re ready to share it? Knowing when our stories …

Tell Your Stories, That the Next Generation Might Know Them

Last week, at the Breathe Christian Writers Conference in Grand Rapids, I shared a story about my friend, Kathy. I called her a reluctant modern-day prophet, a “creator” who did not believe she could create with words, who came to a time in her life when she could not speak, but who used words to …

The World Needs Your Stories

I ended yesterday’s blog post with these words: “Tell your story. The book of this world is not finished without it.” Author and speaker Leslie Leyland Fields was addressing writers at a conference, but I believe she was also speaking to each of us — each of YOU — with stories to share. Whether your …