From one of America’s favorite storytellers comes a heartwarming, inspirational book to help readers understand their lives as one continuous, never-ending story.
God has a story for your life . . .
Debbie Macomber has inspired readers with her stories for decades. Now for the first time, she helps each of us to understand that life is a story, part of a grand narrative that God is writing day by day.
With chapters that cover the importance of literary elements such as characters, setting, backstory, and conflict, Macomber uses the structure of a story to illustrate God’s hand in our lives. Each chapter has a storytelling prompt—a searching question that will help frame our story—and a sidebar that pulls an idea out of the chapter and expands it with practical tips.
Once Upon a Time shares Debbie’s love of story and helps showcase the big picture of the story God is writing through us.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had tried a number of books to help me get started writing a "Life Story". They all give good suggestions but this book gave me just what I needed. Debbie Macomber is a very popular writer so she has used her career as the backbone of the book...seeing through a writer's eyes how to explain your own life. I was fascinated by the personal insights she gives on writing in each chapter, then the end of each chapter she gives you writing prompts for your own story. The two combined worked very well to stimulate me to write. I am taking each chapter very slowly and really spending time thinking about what I write. It's great.
In a time when it has become "unpopular" to discuss one's personal beliefs or to even talk about God, it is refreshing to read a book that openly points toward a personal "journey" with an Eternal Being who loves and guides us through our lives. I have personally kept journals for most of my life. It is helpful to re-read my life and see the pattern that God has woven over the years.
As a Macomber fan, I have loved her books and laughed and cried with the characters in Cedar Cove and the priceless three angels, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy. I, Too, would mourn the loss of so many old friends.
As a Christian, I thank the author for sharing the wonderful gift God has given her and for openly discussing her walk with her Heavenly Father!! Please, keep on keeping on!!
Another insightful book by Debbie Macomber, this time about how she - and we - can find and fulfill our lives by answering the call to life's best. Debbie weaves together the writer's craft with how we can best live our lives. It includes storytelling prompts and many writing ideas, as well as opportunities to reflect on our own lives, why God told stories of real people in the Bible, the importance of character details, how journaling helps us, and ways to create the scrapbook of our lives. I highly recommend reading it, marking it up, and re-reading it.
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