Brenda Smit-James ~ Author, Memoirist, Instructor

The Healing Power of Story

Do you know that we are always part of three stories? Our story, someone else's story and God's story.

Hello, I'm Brenda and I live and love story. I have written and published my own story, I love to read other people's stories and I'm enthralled that my life story is part of God's bigger story for the world.

Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa said, "Any sorrow can be born if we put it into a story or tell a story about it." And that, right there, is the healing power of story. I know, I've experienced it for myself.

Are you longing to write your story, or longing to heal - perhaps more deeply, or longing to see how your story is part of God's story? Then I am so glad you are here.

Write Your Story

Is it time to tell your story? Is it time to explore what is simmering inside of you – and is about you – on the page?

To write your story is to heal. To write your memoir is to give voice to your life and to your experiences. It is to open the door to resolution with those areas of your life you may have kept hidden.

To write about your life is to explore the events of your life. And often the surprising gift is that, in telling our story, we develop a deeper understanding and perspective on the events that make up our life. 

And not only that – it also gives us the gift to live the rest of our lives being who we are and not who we thought we should be.

Is it time?

"May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears."

Nelson Mandela

God's Story, Our Story

There are times we can feel quite alone and lost in our lives. We see no purpose, we lose our passion and we feel stuck.

Writing is a life giving way to become unstuck and to find our way forward again. And so is trusting that our story is part of God's bigger story for humankind.

In my darkest days, I doubted God, I doubted His goodness and His plans. I doubted that He even cared.

I came to know that my story actually forms a part of His great story. And that the story He is weaving, one of love and redemption, is woven one story at a time.

In writing my story, I experienced the nearness of God and came to see that, not only would God redeem my heartbreak and broken dreams, but that they had purpose as part of His great story.

If it was true for me, it can also be true for you!

"All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know."

Ernest Hemingway

My Book, My Story

WHEN GOD SAYS NO: My Journey Through Grief to Acceptance

By Brenda Smit-James

Now available...

It has happened! My first book is launched and is available on Amazon and Chapters.Indigo.

If you are in North Vancouver, pick up a copy from the store African Breese at 1054 Marine Drive.

Or at these select Christian book stores: House of James in Abbotsford, Pilgrim Book & Bible in Vancouver, or St. Andrew's Church Supply in Burnaby, all are in BC, Canada.

Read More HERE