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Excerpt from THE SHEPHERD'S SONG:
Sharing Your Story by Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers
We love the name of Elaine’s blog, Everyone’s Story. It reminded us of the Frederick Buechner quote "The story of any one of us is in some measure the story of us all."
That’s our favorite thing about writing – telling stories that inspire people to understand their own story and their place in the bigger story of God’s love for us. We wrote The Shepherd’s Song about the 23rd Psalm. It’s an overarching story of one woman’s struggle for significance but also contains twelve stories of individuals touched and changed by Psalm 23.
The best part of writing the book – better than the amazing way we found our agent and publisher – better than writing together as sisters - has been hearing stories from our readers. It seems that the 23rd Psalm written so long ago by David is still relevant and still connecting people to their Shepherd. Now that’s good writing!
After the book was released we waited. Would anyone read it? Then emails began to come in. We heard from an atheist in India who discovered that God was real and could be trusted. We heard from women in a prison in South Carolina who found hope in the stories of second chances. We heard stories from women overcoming cancer, struggling with marriages, wondering if their lives mattered. We were blessed by our readers and their stories.
What a great privilege it is to write. Stories connect us and are universal. In the spring The Shepherd’s Song was published in Bulgarian. Next month it will be published in German. In the beginning of the book is a verse from Isaiah 55:11 “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
What an amazing promise from God to writers.
Thanks, Elaine for having us on the blog today. We would love to hear stories from your readers. Does anyone have a story to share?
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The Writing Sisters, Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers were born into a writing family, and began critiquing manuscripts at an early age for their mother, Newbery winner Betsy Byars. They went on to become authors of more than thirty-five children’s novels. Their first book for adults, THE SHEPHERD’S SONG, was being released in paperback April 2015.
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