Where you go I will go, and where you. Life can seem like a puzzle that never fully comes into focus or completion. We want to run from the reality of the scattered pieces of our lives on the floor, unable to muster up the strength to stick it out to the end. Ultimately, Naomi and Ruth started their lives over in Bethlehem.
Things turned around for them when Boaz, a wealthy and kind man married Ruth, redeeming both her and Naomi. Eventually, Ruth gave birth to a son, making Naomi a grandmother. Did you catch that? Naomi became the grandmother to king David. By the time I was 16 years old, I had already experienced so much loss — the death of my mother, being abandoned by my biological father, running away from home, losing my friends and dropping out of high school.
But God had other plans. Through my tears and anger, I found the strength to push forward in faith with God by my side. I started over. And as I did, everything fell into place.
I enrolled back in high school, went to college, got married, went to law school and had a beautiful family. I recently ordered a puzzle with pictures that represent different moments in my life — times of struggle, fear, love, abundance and joy. But she did let Ruth go with her.
She did go back home and started over in the midst of seemingly insurmountable odds. Even through her anger and bitterness, Naomi pushed forward in faith and ended up stepping into her destiny. Even more profound is the fact that Jesus came from the line of David. She went from a widow with no children, to the grandmother of a king.
He lies outside of time and has an eternal perspective. Good luck! Thanks for the helpful article. I have been hired to write the story of a 95 year-old woman. Her children approached me to do this, but she is excited about it and looking forward to seeing the book. I guess it will be more of a biography than a memoir, but I want to include stories written as scenes, with details to keep it interesting.
Hi Carolyn! Have you read this book?
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You might want to snag a copy and study the organization! Thank you Shannon for the great article! Most of my recent exploration into writing has been in blog format, specifically regarding grief and loss, and I would really like to begin writing about the happier times, and I believe a memoir is the way to begin. Mike—what a great idea for a memoir. I think that if you think about the theme of the book, and then relate the stories to that theme, you will be just fine.
As yourself, what do I want my readers to walk away knowing when they close the book?
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That is the theme, and then pick the bits and pieces that fit to that theme. Sound good? Hey Wendy, I hear ya. But to get all that off my chest and into something I am now proud of is key! When I work with my memoir writers, we talk about the emotions, and ways of handling them and dealing with them as we write. I can relate so much wendy. On my good days I dont want to go down into the depths of pain! But on the other hand I know I am compelled to write this story.
Your article has certainly ignited some ideas in my mind…. Thank you, Shannon, for this insightful advice. This is working for me. What a smart friend you have! Shannon — super great post, thanks! Insightful and actionable. Where it all started.. Hi Nicki! Such a very important topic indeed.
Be sure you have a content strategy to get the word out. I have seen my book and podcast explode the past two months because I followed a content strategy one I developed and have stuck to it.
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Authors are brands too! Hi shannon , I m kalyani , wanting to write a book for past 30 yrs and never gettinb down to it thinking who will want to read a story of my life , a memoir so to speak. But after reading a few of them above , with ur encouragement , I m beginning to get an idea i think lol. Thank u. Thank you ever so much Shannon, this is a brilliant and very helpful post, I am just an aspiring writer I am no where near writing a memoir yet but I decided to blog.
I have two blogs one where I share my daily life experiences and encounters whose address I have put above. The other is about the breakdown of my marriage whose address is december18blog. I am certainly going to take your advice and make my blogs authentic and help my viewers to get to know me and my life story. Thank you once again.
Mabel, blogging is a super way to start a book.
The more REAL you can be, the more people will engage with you and trust you. Hi Shanon, Thank you for giving the link to your talk on you tube which makes very interesting listening. I have considered all you have said about writing a memoir and am currently deciding what my focus is going to be.
Hi Mabel, was reading your blog at work. I was about to ask you this question: Did your Ex tried to apologize for his behavior or he just left you in this situation? Apart from cheating you, what else was the major cause of your divorce? I have been meaning to write my memoir for several years now in hopes to find some healing in the loss of my 19 year old daughter while she was in the Air Force.
It has been to scary because of the pain whenever I think about it.
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Your ideas are well stated and clearly stated and give me some direction where I think it is now time to sit down and write this. Hey Michelle. So sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. Writing memoir can be painful, but the end result is that it will impact so me—it will be powerful! I am happy you found some clarity and inspiration. Fantastic article! I just finished a business book, my first, 20 years in the making.
As I read I imagined myself writing a memoir about the journey. Thank you!
So glad you you found my site and will be over there quite a bit. That makes my heart sing!
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