Her relationship is God and Christian beliefs is self evident. Debbie is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Macomber's book is part memoir, part spiritual, part writing book. I did not expect in the least when I requested to review this book that I would be walked through some of the very stories that give me pause in my acceptance of Christianity. Six simple words that say so much. The gems I gleaned from this book I will be able to use in my daily life and in all my relationships. Because I am a slow reader, it took me a long time to read each story.
I was not required to write a positive review, only my honest opinion. However there is value here. Not everything was super interesting, but there are enough great gems to give the book 4 stars. I've never felt comfortable with books that preach too much. Culminating all the elements of the plot is important. I have tried several times in the past and even have lots of scrapbooking materials and tools.
However, when Jesus came along, He was the God who told stories. Every day the two older children came home from school to the sound of typewriter keys clacking away. Who were the main characters in your own life? Intensely Christian, she begins each chapter with a verse from the bible both old and new testaments. Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth. God has a story for your life. I knew I wanted to tell stories.
This way I can highlight in it all I want without a library getting mad! God has a story for your life. With chapters on the importance of literary elements such as characters, setting, backstory, and conflict, Debbie uses the structure of a story to help you see how God is at work in your life. This book is thorough in detailing the various parts of a story and relating them to our lives, but in doing so, it got tedious and slow in sections. Each chapter covers a specific area of disco In Once Upon a Time, fiction bestseller Debbie Macomber challenges the reader to find and share their own life story. Christian or not this book is a great journey on how to start teasing out the creative energy we all have inside of us. Learning of her son's death was heart-wrenching, yet she told it with the perspective of God's presence. It amazes me how much my mother was able to say with a few short sentences.
And I have been truly inspired by her recent non-fiction, inspirational books. We want to make sense of the people we know and of what is happening to us. It is no longer just subjective. I packed away the manuscripts and cleaned up the typewriter in preparation for returning it. Debbie shares tales behind some of her story-lines, her personal history and her faith. I write entirely to find out what I am thinking, what I am looking at, what it means.
She delivers practical advice for examining the person we are and digging deeper to find out who we really are. She frequently injects faith into her chapters and sometimes gets a bit preachy, which at times was a just a bit off-putting. The content was for everyone, not just for aspiring writers. Most of us would never think our own story is worth reading much worth sharing, but that is where you are wrong. And, of course, it is important to let each story be told without correction or interruption. I would often lie awake into the wee hours of the morning, reliving the plot and the beauty of the story. Not the stories I write, nor the story of my life, though both will be part of the telling.
Each chapter has a storytelling prompt—a searching question that will help frame your story—and a sidebar that pulls an idea out of the chapter and expands it with practical tips. She frequently injects faith into her chapters and sometimes gets a bit preachy, which at times was a just a bit off-putting. Her popularity is worldwide with her books translated into twenty-three languages. The two combined worked very well to stimulate me to write. All in all, not a book for me.
It was all we could afford. The way she weaves story elements with scripture and real life events is captivating, and the story prompts help you dig deeper. This is also a great book to encourage you to begin journaling your own family stories, perhaps as a basis to interview your grandparents and see what they have to share. Although I feel misgivings for not being able to wholeheartedly embrace everything about Christianity I know that for this reason I cannot. And somehow we got by. Once Upon a Time is a nonfiction book designed to assist readers in writing there personal story, their life story.
Each chapter contains a story prompt for the reade I'm one of those people who thinks that Debbie Macomber's name on the front of a book is reason enough to read a book. The idea that we are all creating our own stories and was the purpose in writing this book was edifying. I never could read a book without making up a story of my own. Who picked it out, why, what significance does your name mean? Once Upon a Time was different than I was expecting. As I opened the heavy library door, juggling a stack of books, the hush of the cavernous room felt like a medieval priory. This is not my typical fict Once Upon A Time: Discovering Our Forever After Story is a highly inspirational and biblically based book of encouragement.