What do a scientist/animal activist, a boxer, and a rock star have in common? They all wrote spiritual memoirs, and if they did it, so can you. As the wide variety of backgrounds of these authors show, anyone can write spiritual memoir, and spiritual memoir is not necessarily about religion.
World famous scientist and United Nations. Messenger of Peace, Jane Goodall, preserved the profound insights she has learned over the years as she studied chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe preserve. With the help of co-author Phillip Berman, she shares her wisdom and lessons about life and humanity in her book, Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey.
Two-time heavyweight boxing champion and Olympic gold medalist George Foreman published his book titled, with the help of co-author Ken Abraham. This book chronicles Foreman’s early life and the events leading up to his conversion to Christianity.
Billy Corgan, rock star and frontman for the band, Smashing Pumpkins, shared in an article from Rolling Stone Magazine, “Billy Corgan Writing ‘Spiritual Memoir’ About Smashing Pumpkins,” details about how he has been working on a book he’s titled, God is Everywhere: From Here to There. Corgan describes his version of spirituality, which draws from several wisdom traditions.
When I think about the different backgrounds of each of these writers, I am reminded of a quote I once heard, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Because we are unique, our stories are unique, so there is no one-size-fits-all in writing spiritual memoir. And your spiritual memoir may not be a book. Maybe, it’s a single story that deserves to be preserved.
Did your life change when you finally took that dream vacation? Has your belief grown because of a unique personal challenge? Are you searching for the right way to share these experiences with your loved ones? Do you have an experience you want to share because you know it will help others? Those are all good reasons to write spiritual memoir. I can help.
I’m conducting two Spiritual Memoir workshops this month. The one in Orlando this Saturday, July 15th is nearly full and has only one or two spots remaining. If you want to attend, sign up now: Spiritual Memoir. If you can’t make it to the Orlando workshop, consider the second workshop in Leesburg at the end of the month.
Both of these workshops teach you how to write about your spiritual experiences using concrete, specific language. Discover the power of writing the daily moments of wonder, the dramatic occurrences that forever change lives, and the deep, gradual beliefs formed over time.
I would love to help you take the next step in your writing journey.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
2415 N. Orange Avenue in Orlando, on the corner of Orange Avenue and Rollins Street.
Park in the garage on Rollins Street . Panera validates parking.
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m
Friday, July 28, 2017
Unity Spiritual Center 509 CR 468, Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
For more information or to register, contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-396-4069.