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To Be Told: God Invites You to Coauthor Your Future Paperback – November 7, 2006
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--John Eldredge, bestselling author of Wild at Heart
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God's guidance is near at hand. He is not only your Authority, he is also your Author. As God writes the stories of your life, he uses your past to open up your future.
It is your privilege to listen to your own story so you can live boldly for the sake of the Greatest Story, the good news of Jesus Christ. God reveals himself to you-and to others-through the story he has written in your life.
In this insightful and compelling book, Dr. Dan B. Allender shows you how to read the stories of your life. He helps you understand the meaning that God has written into every detail of who you are. As a result, you can share your story with others and listen to their story, revealing unique aspects of God's hand at work.
Starting today, you can find deeper meaning in your story-a story" To Be Told.
Top Customer Reviews
"Too many people are missing their story because they're watching the stories of others. We live vicariously through television, sports, magazine, and talk shows. Such stories may occasionally educate us, but most often they sedate us. They free us from admitting that our own life is dull and lifeless. They attract us because they offer life without risk. They are deathly safe."
Fans of John Eldredge's writing, especially THE SACRED ROMANCE, will find similar themes of brokenness, revelation, desire, and narrative redemption here.
"Something must awaken us to the fact that we are asleep. And what awakens us is usually a moment of exposure when we see that the conventions that guide our steps and promise us a good life are nothing more than illusions."
"The stories told in most families are a kind of propaganda."
"You must listen to the heartache and hope that etched in the narrative of your life. And you must find the meaning God has written there."
"Your plight is your redemption."
"Desire is both our greatest frailty and the mark of our highest beauty."
Allender has a humble and disarming tone that is humorous and relatable. It can be hard at times to wade through the jargon of "story" --- feasting on story, editing together, writing your destiny ... what does all that mean? But the effort to truly understand what Allender is getting at is worth it. In essence, he's trying to get people to remember.Read more ›
Allender does a great job in this book of presenting a method for understanding the difficulties of our past. His sharing of his own difficult background shows that he personally knows of that which he speaks. And since he keeps it simple it is accessible to anyone.
One area that I wish Allender had done a better job of was to broaden the application of understanding our stories. Although dealing with the past and understanding the direction for the future are both important applications, I think that there may be a whole host of others.
However, that small difference aside, Allender's book is well-written and includes powerful practical ideas on how to understand how God is writing your life. I highly recommend it and the accompanying workbook.
For a longer review, go to the blog listed in my nickname and click on the 'Reading' category.
Part One: Your Name and Your Story
1. The Tale to be Told (Reading your life as God has written it)
2. What's Your Real Name
3. What Makes a Good Story (A better way to read your tragedies)
Part Two: Reading Your Story
4. Listening to what moves you
5. Facing the Tragedy that Shapes you
6. Getting Caught by your Calling
Part Three: Writing your Story
7. Writing your Destiny
8. Editing Together
Part Four: Multiplying Your Story
9. Story Feasting
10. Prayer that Reveals
11. The Fruit of Fasting
12. Giving Away Your Story (Allow your story to reveal God)
From the style of the book, I can see where many readers will be blown away by the power of the book, while others might well scratch their head and wonder "What am I supposed to do with this?" While the book offers questions for the readers to consider as they ponder their own story, there is a separate workbook that offers much more of a guided journey to understanding your story. (The book itself has too few questions, the workbook perhaps too many!?Read more ›
To be told is an invitation to seeing that your life has a purpose and bringing hope to your future, all at the end of your own pen.
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I'm still working through this. It's a bit of a dry read. It started out strong but I feel the author is really working through finding his own story.Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Poynor
I suppose all the real ones are. They regard themselves as profoundly unqualified and so speak Truth with an authority that originates with Someone Else. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steven L. Krause
Bought this for my wife because I need her help to make a big life decision. So far, she has not told me what to do...Published 4 months ago by Michael Rose
Life changing and humiliating for the beauty of out livesPublished 6 months ago by Andrew Cortez Cayanan
I loved the journey Dan took me on throughout this book. I loved the journey his work invites and challenges me to live and engage. Read morePublished 7 months ago