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Finding Our Voice and Held in Your Bottle
If someone had said to me a few years ago I was going to have a book published, never mind two, I would have laughed! Actually I did, when a couple of people said exactly that. You will need to read the first book, Finding Our Voice, for the story of how it happened, but it has come as quite a surprise, though I have always loved words, both to read and write. Oddly, an English teacher once offered me a year off homework to write a book. I was just thirteen and told him I didn’t think I had a book in me. I was too naïve, or honest, to realise I could have had the year off anyway and then not produced it! So words have always been important to me, though I never expected to do anything with them apart from the occasional blog or poem. I'm currently writing a poem a week going through Luke's gospel - you can read them on my Facebook page each week.
“Finding Our Voice” emerged from my passion for hearing people’s stories, together with a fascination about some of the stories in the bible where people are not named, which somehow allows us to identify with them in a different way. It is the story of eleven of these unnamed men and women, told imaginatively but I trust in a way true to the original, together with the story as recorded and a little background. Each chapter has a theme, and concludes with a true, current story on the same theme, also told anonymously so that we can identify with them too. The topics are very current, as I believe the bible is, and I have been immensely moved by those brave enough to tell them – to give you a flavour they include stories about refugees, forgiveness, surviving abuse, and finding hope after loss.
Held in Your Bottle is an exploration of the place of tears - of many different kinds - in our lives. Like Finding Our Voice it has some imaginative retelling of bible stories where there are tears - including of gratitude, loss, friendship and fear and a number of other kinds - and also has current stories. But it also includes some very accessible psychological insights and questions for reflection which can be used individually or in a group setting.
Maybe you have something you think can never happen? Never stop dreaming. What are the stories that have impacted you? And what is your story? I would love to hear that too, so do get in touch if you would like to.
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