Recent Reads: The Memoir Project

Memoir ProjectWhat the book's about: The Memoir Project is, as it's title suggests, a book about writing memoir. Yet, it is more than that. It is a charming and thoroughly engaging read. 

Why I read this book: I read this book as part of an online writing class I'm currently taking, Story 101, taught by Elora Rameriz.

My favorite quotes from the book:

- "That's what reading is: signing up to take a walk with the writer." 

- "It's in the small moments that life is truly lived. Lessons from the 'large moments' are hard to absorb & rarely learned." 

- "Nasty comments produce no value in the rewrites. Rewriting makes your original idea better but for that to happen, first you need to identify what works in the piece."

- "We're all afraid at the margins of our main roles, which makes it a great place to write from." 

Thumbs up or thumbs down? Thumbs up. 

Who I'd recommend this book for: Anyone interested in learning how to write better. Though this book is specifically geared toward those interested in writing memoir, it's insights are certainly applicable to other genres as well. 

Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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