“All of life is a story,” author Keith Herron writes. Our stories are sources of self-understanding, and if we draw guidance from those stories, each has something valuable to offer.
Living a Narrative Life is an exploration of our vault of stories assembled along the arc of life. As Herron explains, “This is the richness of life: to know your own stories, to value and understand them, and to share them with others. In doing so, we are all enriched.” By making sense of our stories, by mining them for their shades of meaning, and by sharing them in community with others, we deepen our understanding not only of ourselves but also of our place in our families and world.
Living a Narrative Life is a deeply thoughtful book written to facilitate meaningful conversations about the timeline of our lives individually, generationally, and within community. It’s an important read with clear directives for personal reflection and projection. Considering the stories of our lives in the ways Herron suggests will result in fresh appreciation of one’s life story and new gratitude for why it matters. Get a group. Read this book.
—Colleen Walker Burroughs
Vice-president of PASSPORT, a national nonprofit student ministry
Founder, Watering Malawi
To cite but one of the many reasons for you to dive right into what Keith Herron has written, he takes you on a journey of remembrance of persons, events, and pathways that compose the narrative arc of your life, just as he does with his own, so that you may glance anew upon what makes for those deep and sacred meanings of your story. In the process Keith shows you how to create a rich experience of mutual discovery by sharing life-stories in a community of trust with others.
Retired minister and psychotherapist
Author of Bone Dead, and Rising: Vincent van Gogh and the Self Before God
Living a Narrative Life is a carefully crafted, highly accessible, and remarkably useful guide to the powerful role of stories in shaping, understanding, and transforming the meaning of our one-and-only lives. Herron skillfully interweaves significant life cycle and narrative scholarship in ways that instruct, inspire and guide the reader to deeper understandings of his or her own story. This book is a critical reminder of the practical importance of recent research on memory, carefully articulating the ways we construct and rewrite our own life stories over time.
—David A. Hogue
Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology and Counseling
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Author of Remembering the Future, Imagining the Past: Story Ritual, and the Human Brain