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The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story

ISBN: 978-0-470-50836-7
272 pages
January 2010, Jossey-Bass
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A groundbreaking work for healing long-term emotional problems

The Power of Memoir is a pioneering how-to book that provides a new step-by-step program to use memoir writing as a therapeutic process. By going through these steps you'll learn how to choose the significant milestones and turning points that make up a coherent story leading to a life-changing epiphany.

  • Help uncover the secret stories that are the keys to healing
  • Explore the dynamics and roles of dysfunctional families
  • Heal old wounds, creating a better present and brighter future

Using many examples from her students and clients, the author shows how creative, well-planned, and carefully researched memoir writing can offer a process for sorting out the truth from lies and family myths.

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Foreword (Kathleen Adams).

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part 1 Eight Steps to Writing a Healing Memoir.

Step 1 Understanding Your Reasons for Writing.

Step 2 Doing Your Research.

Step 3 Planning Your Memoir.

Step 4 The Psychology of Memoir Writing.

Step 5 The Dark Stuff.

Step 6 Organizing the Narrative Arc.

Step 7 To Publish—or Not.

Step 8 The Power of Writing to Heal.

Part 2 Spirituality, Therapy, and Stories.

Chapter 1 Spirituality, Meditation, and Inner Listening.

Chapter 2 For Therapists Who Use the Healing Power of Memoir.

Chapter 3 Stories from the Workshops.

Epilogue.

Resources.

Recommended Reading.

Reader's Guide.

Bibliography.

About the Author.

Index.

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Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., is president of the National Association of Memoir Writers and a practicing psychotherapist. She is the author of Don't Call Me Mother: Breaking the Chain of Mother-Daughter Abandonment, which won the Gold Medal Award from the Bay Area Independent Publishing Association in 2007.

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January 20, 2010
THE POWER OF MEMOIR: How to Write Your Healing Story

THE POWER OF MEMOIR: How to Write Your Healing Story (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint; February 2010; $16.95; Paperback; ISBN: 978-0-470-50836-7) by Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D. is a pioneering, how-to book for memoir writing as a therapeutic process. By going through a unique step-by-step process, readers will learn how to choose their significant milestones and turning points while weeding out their lies and family myths. They’ll even explore their motivation to write a memoir. Is it about preserving memories, arguing about controversial conflicts of the past, or promulgating a religious or political point of view?

According to Dr. Myers, it's important not to sugar-coat or avoid obstacles, failures, losses, or dark nights in memoir writing, but rather to let the writer’s emerging truth define the trajectory of his or her life. Using numerous examples from her students and clients, she shows how carefully researched memoir writing can provide greater physical health and emotional healing. THE POWER OF MEMOIR also includes self-tests, checklists, and suggested tips and techniques for memoir writing that can be used by individuals ready to take stock of their lives or by counselors in a group setting.

 

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