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The Story You Need to Tell

Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss
Narrated by: Allison Reilly
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A practical and inspiring guide to transformational personal storytelling, The Story You Need to Tell is the product of Sandra Marinella’s pioneering work with veterans and cancer patients, her years of teaching writing, and her research into its profound healing properties. Riveting true stories illustrate Marinella’s methods for understanding, telling, and editing personal stories in ways that foster resilience and renewal. She also shares her own experience of using journaling and expressive writing to navigate challenges including breast cancer and postpartum depression. Each of the techniques, prompts, and exercises she presents helps us “to unravel the knot inside and to make sense of loss.” 

©2017 Sandra Marinella (P)2019 New World Library

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“One does not have to be a writer to gain insight from this book...especially relevant for those who are inclined toward journaling and putting their feelings on the page.” (Library Journal)

“Sandra Marinella brings keen research skills, a brilliant storytelling voice, and a distinguished teaching career to this cohesive guide for writing the unspeakable. Her vivid prose twines her own powerful cancer story with dozens of other courageous voices, each writing the road from devastation to reclamation.” (Kathleen Adams, LPC, director of the Center for Journal Therapy)

“In The Story You Need to Tell, Sandra Marinella inspires the vulnerable in all of us to be the strength in each of us. She has a unique form, transforming a sentiment of safety and empowerment through writing into healing. Her own story highlights the power of the written word and provides a guide to healing through writing. Her book and her work are transformational.” (Courtney Klein, cofounder and CEO of SEED SPOT)

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Something for everyone in this memoir of the author's road to healing through writing, including stories from others who also found solace in their own reflections and words, From years of experience teaching writing, Marinella includes guidance and prompts at the end of each chapter for readers to start their own storytelling journey. A wonderful read and listen!