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Your Story Matters

Author: Leslie Leyland Fields
Publisher: Navpress
ISBN: 9781641582193
Year of Publication: 2020
Pages: 224
Subtitle: Finding, Writing and Living the Truth of your Life

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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, 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?

Table of Contents:
  1. Your Bigger Story: Witnessing  
  2. Your Fuller Story: Mapping  
  3. Your Outer Story: Scene-Making 
  4. Your Stories Together: Gathering  
  5. Your Inner Story: Reflecting  
  6. Your Healing Story: Understanding
  7. Your Focused Story: Editing 
  8. Your Structured Story: Ordering  
  9. Your Shared Story: Launching  
Leslie Leyland Fields was not only my first writing mentor: She continues to mentor me with the way she actually lives her life and then shapes it into an unforgettable story that gives sojourners hope—and gives God all the glory. She is a profoundly wise, Christ-formed guide whose every word I will always read.  -- ANN VOSKAMP, New York Times bestselling author 

When I first began writing, Leslie quickly became a trusted voice. Not simply on the art of writing but on the living, breathing act of writing. It’s hard enough to use good verbs and precise language, but that’s not the hardest part. The ghosts of our stories, the self-doubt, and the fear—those are the parts of the writing journey we all need a hand holding ours through. Leslie offers that critical companionship and inspires by example of what can happen when we learn to tell our stories.
LIZ DITTY, author of God’s Many Voices

 Leslie has a deep commitment to writing life-giving words. She crafts them beautifully and helps others do likewise. This book promises to prompt the best out of storytellers and creatives.
MAX LUCADO, New York Times bestselling author
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