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5.0 out of 5 stars From Pain to Awareness, February 3, 2011
This review is from: The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story (Paperback)
If there is a personal story burning in you, write it. The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story can guide you through the process.

Author Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D. tells us, "The arc of healing takes us from pain to awareness and then to a new energy of being who we really are. We integrate all aspects of our experiences and find a new way to live in our own skin." That's a powerful promise. It's proven by research that Myers quotes. Writing a memoir can help the author explore, forgive, and heal the spirit, and her guidebook can start anyone down that path.

Myers begins by asking each writer to look at her reasons for telling her story. There are more possible motives than one might imagine, and sometimes, in later drafts, the writer's motives may shift.

A therapist in Berkeley, Myers blends her academic background with her extensive teaching experience as she looks at the psychology of memoir writing, the power of writing to heal, and the practical techniques that will help writers turn personal wounds into stories. She focuses on writing as a tool for healing. Publication is an option, not a goal.

Myers rounds out her book by talking about the role of meditation and listening to oneself and addresses a separate chapter to therapists who use memoir writing in their practice. Examples from her students are rich and varied. They confirm the premise that everyone has great stories to tell. The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story can guide you as you craft yours.

This review originally appeared in Writer Advice, [...].
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