Friday, May 24, 2013

Once Upon a Time by Debbie Macomber

About the Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

If anyone is qualified to write a book like this one, it's Debbie Macomber.  She's sold millions of books and knows how to craft a good story.  I've been reading her books since high school, and now she's showing readers how God is writing a unique story for each person.

Each chapter describes a facet of story, and Debbie share a lot of personal anecdotes about her life, her faith and her books.  She includes a bit from famous authors or quotes other books, then gives the reader writing prompts to help her figure out how to tell her own tale.

Nothing is excluded in the process.  From our family history to our growing years to choices we've made: God doesn't waste a drop, and neither should we.  Whether you're a budding author or just like seeing all of the moving pieces of writing, I think you'll enjoy "Once Upon a Time".

I received a copy of "Once Upon a Time" from Howard Publishing in exchange for an honest review.  Recommended

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