Thursday, June 5, 2014

"Memories of Me" by Laura Hedgecock

About the book:
We all have stories to share with our children and grandchildren. Whether it’s a proud moment, memories of grandparents, or a lesson you’ve learned, Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life helps you put the episodes of your past onto paper and share them with loved ones.
Inside you’ll find:
• Simple, down-to-earth instructions to get you started
• Worksheets with in-depth brainstorming exercises to spark recall
• Plenty of examples to spark your creativity
• Writing advice to make your memories shine
Preserve your stories and share them with the important people in your life by using the tips and advice found in this comprehensive guide.

What I liked about the book: 
When most people think about family history, they focus mostly on filling in the branches of their family tree. Names and dates are great, but I'm more of a story kind of girl. That is what I loved about this book. This is a book that will not only help you write your own history but it will help you compile those of your ancestors and family. And, what if your motivation is to simply make a record for your personal use? Well, that's okay too. As Hedgecock points out in the very first chapter, "You don't have to feel compelled to share your memories to be motivated to preserve them. You may want to preserve your stories while memory serves or while health still permits you to write and enjoy them. You might write to work through your feelings about your past, to reconnect yourself with your roots, process your grief at the loss of a loved one, or simply for the joy of writing." 

Hedgecock has put together a very informative, step-by-step guide to help you preserve your memories. What I liked most was the worksheets that help get you moving in the right direction. She poses questions to get you thinking. For example: 

  • Who are the most important people in your life? 
  • Moments in which I felt especially proud... or I knew what I was doing mattered. 
  • What was a typical happy moment?
  • What are memorable physical attributes of those in your family? What about situations or manners?  

One of the highlights of the book are Hedgecock's personal stories. I love how she teaches a concept then shows you an example from her own life. 

This is seriously a book I believe everyone should take the time to read. If you take it one chapter at a time, following the direction she gives, by the time you finish reading, you will be well on your way to having your history recorded.  

To learn more about the book visit: Treasure Chest of Memories
Get your copy of Memories of Me in paperback or ebook through Amazon and other book retailers. 

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