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About the Author

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Cecil Murphey has written or co-written more than 135 books, including the bestsellers 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (with Dr. Ben Carson). His books have sold in the millions, been translated into more than 40 languages, and have brought hope and encouragement to countless readers around the world.

Since becoming a professional writer in 1984, he’s continued to push himself to learn new things, and he’s helped thousands of writers through his classes and keynotes at conferences, the many scholarships he’s provided, his one-on-one mentoring, his blog for writers (, and his books for writers. Among his many prestigious awards are a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Extraordinary Service Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, both honoring him for his numerous contributions to the field of writing and his selfless service to other writers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: OakTara (February 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602903077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602903074
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello! My name is Cecil Murphey, but everyone just calls me 'Cec.'

I've written dozens of books on a variety of topics with an emphasis on Spiritual Growth, Christian Living, Caregiving, and Recovery. In these books, I share my personal experiences as I strive to be closer to God and to seek his will for me.

My passion is to stimulate people's minds and nourish their souls. Since 1984, I've used my writing to help me accomplish those goals. My first book came off the press in 1975. To date I've published more than 135 books and hundreds of articles.

When I write, I have the opportunity to share my faith and my spiritual growth with others. My nonfiction books are based on my personal experiences, experiences that have been enhanced and developed by meeting people just like you.

As a ghostwriter, I sometimes take other people's materials and write books for them. Some carried my name and others did not. (Ghostwriters are often noted with the word 'with' below the author's name.) Why do I ghostwrite? It's rewarding for me to help others tell their stories of inspiration and growth. For example, when I see and hear from readers of 90 Minutes in Heaven and they describe the peace they now have after losing a loved one, I'm gratified to be a part of telling that story.

I've had the opportunity to be a caregiver and work with a number of other caregivers for their loved ones. It's a difficult, but rewarding commitment. When you're dealing with challenges of Alzheimer's Disease, depression, or substance abuse in your family, it can be a time that stretches you personally and tries your faith.

Stop by my web site. Drop me an e-mail. I'd love to hear from you.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Mac on January 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed reading Cec Murphey's UNLEASH THE WRITER WITHIN. The book basically asks questions and encourages the reader to reflect and respond to questions about our motivations and experiences. What's unique is that it's not merely a motivational or inspirational book (I'm tired of the "you can do it!" type of products that have been thrown at writers). Instead, this book asks writers to explore the difficult parts of our lives, and see how those have helped shape our work and message. Working through the book is very much like going to a writer's retreat where the facilitator isn't satisfied with simplistic, pat answers. A worthwhile companion book for those who want to go deep with their writing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Holl on January 10, 2012
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(This is a review also posted on my blog.)

I wish I'd had this writing book thirty years ago when I started out. I would have avoided some pitfalls and loooong detours that have taken years to correct.

If you want a writing mentor, you need look no further than Cec Murphey's Unleash the Writer Within. The subtitle calls it "the essential writers' companion."

I would have to agree.

What's Different About This Book?

It's honest, it's transparent, and it comes from the heart. It also made me laugh on more than one occasion because the author had the guts to say some things that need to be said about the writing life, how we market, and so many other topics dear to a writer's heart.

Before you get stressed out and caught up in all the things "they say" you have to do and be and write about to be successful, I urge you to get a copy of this book. It will help you discover your own personal voice and style so you sound authentic. It will show you how to actually make friends with your inner critic and writer's block--and eliminate them. And the author deals so honestly with a writer's fears--and how to use them and learn from them to grow as a writer.

Who Is This Man?

So who is Cecil Murphey? Why should you listen to his advice? Well, he's a New York Times' best-selling author who's written or co-written more than 120 fiction and nonfiction books, including the runaway bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. His books have sold millions of copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amelia R on January 15, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it came at the perfect time for me as I just received my first book contract. This is not a how-to for the mechanics of good writing, but a book focused on the inner life of the writer. I felt as though Mr. Murphey had crawled inside my head and wrote this just for me. I had no idea that other people thought and felt like I did. His writing helped me realize that I need to be true to myself in my writing. Some of his aphorisms include:

I write to find out who I am.
I write because it's my gift. The more I write, the more I know who I am.
If you focus on being different, how can you be true to yourself? And if you're not true to yourself, who are you?

This book was encouraging, refreshing, and empowered me to keep moving forward.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julie Garmon on January 30, 2012
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This book IS "The Essential Writer's Companion." To quote Murphey, for me, this book was a "journey toward inner wholeness--which is what life is about anyway."

Murphey's honesty endears himself to the reader. I underlined, highlighted, and made smiley faces on almost every page. I thought, if he can be this honest about himself,I trust him.

I read this book slowly. I didn't want it to end--the kind of reading where I moved my lips and whispered the words. I needed time for the truths I'd discovered about myself to sink into my spirit.

I particularly loved the chapter entitled, "Your Inner Critic." Murphey teaches how to listen to our internal wisdom as well as our inner critic. I drew a heart on this paragraph: "By the time I had finished the revision, I said, 'Hmm, this wasn't as bad as I had thought. It's not perfect, and I need to do some more work on it, but it's not complete garbage." And this man has sold millions of books. Murphey says, "My inner critique can be my friend." I love that.

Murphey shares enouraging insight about something that had been intimidating for me. Writer's block. Here's a favorite sentence. "Writer's block is a powerful force to help you regulate the creative process." So refreshing!

This isn't the kind of book I'll read once and stick on a shelf. Murphey's courageous candor will remain with me forever, cheering me on.

I finished the book and thought surely he wrote UNLEASH THE WRITER WITHIN just for me.

Thank you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vonda Skelton on March 24, 2012
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Cec Murphey is known as a mentor to mentors, a teacher of the craft of writing. But Unleash the Writer Within: The Essential Writers Companion, isn't a book about the craft of writing. It's a book about the heart of the writer.

It's not a technical how-to, but a deep-reaching why-to. It cuts through the trendy writer-speak and heads straight to the center of our motivations and choices.

Do you feel you've been called to write? If so, grab this book and get prepared to unleash your writer within.
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