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by Richard L. Morgan
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    Richard L. Morgan
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    Upper Room (September 1996)
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    160 pages
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Book for story tellers and story makers. Author: Richard L. Morgan, Publisher: Upper Room Books, copyright 1996, Second Printing June 1997

Richard Morgan has written here a guidebook for telling one's story and connecting this story to God's story. Morgan has published many books in the field of aging and is a national leader in the field of spiritual autobiographies. He models the story telling in this book by sharing much of his own life and struggles. In addition he provides innumerable, valuable prompts and examples of how to stimulate recollections and relate their significance to our religious roots and spiritual journey.

Obviously drawing on the wealth of current literature on aging and spirituality, Morgan notes especially Hebrew and Christian traditions and wisdom writing as well as literature from psychology, gerontology literature and autobiographical writing.

For those moved to share their spiritual story beyond family and friends, Morgan's handbook offers questions challenging them to give reasons for their beliefs rooted in a recollected and intentional life. Honestly answering the questions can further deepen those beliefs or perhaps lead to revisiting them and reevaluating the type of living they have called us to.

I believe that by so telling the story of our lives we will indeed see the positive results Jane Marie Thibault, quoted by Morgan, believes will accompany this exercise, namely that "It reminds us that we are still emerging, growing people. It shows us how we have changed and how we have been transformed...[Life review] is ...a stabilization in the security of the past so that we can go beyond to embrace the future."

I highly recommend this book for personal or group use.
This is an excellent tool to use when helping aging adults relive life's experience and be able to tell the story. The book helps lay out all details of planning a session from how to invite people to alternative exercises.
This actually wasn't the book I needed for a course I was taking. I bought the textbook from the school and found out a lot of students had done the same thing I had and ordered the wrong book.
We used REMEMBERING YOUR STORY during a 10 week class in Midlife Transitions. Some of the group were experiencing changes in marriage, others in job, and still others with illness issues. Morgan's book helped us all to find the golden thread, the "story" in our lives which not only helped discern our pattern, but also gave directions for the changes which we face, Excellent book for group process.
Many older people suffer from depression or despair and often the reason is that no one takes time to hear their life stories. We used Morgan's book in our Nursing Home (especially the 100 questions at back of book) with powerful results. Many older people's lives were changed
We have tried to connect generations in our church and had service projects and programs but Morgan's book helped connect all five generations through stories. Older people and youth listened to each other as they shared their life stories