Book Review: Turning Experience Into Parables

I’ve become a big fan of independently published books!  There are so many good ones out there, including “Turning Personal Experiences Into Parables” by Eddie Jones and Cindy Sproles.  It’s a very short book, but for 99 cents, it provides a lot of good information.

The things I found the most the valuable included:

  • Preparations for your heart through prayer and contemplation
  • A short list of questions as to what you are writing and what in your personal experience makes this worth sharing
  • Determining why you are doing this
  • Do’s and don’ts in writing your story

The authors draw an excellent distinction between writing in answer to a calling versus writing to get paid.  They note there is nothing wrong with writing to be paid, but be clear which one you are doing.

Lastly, they give a guide with examples of a good structure to use in crafting a readable parable.  They call it hook, book, look, and took, saying:

This technique brings into focus the core message of your devotion so readers get the point quickly, allowing it to zing and stick with them.

I did have to read over the examples several times before I understood how to use the recommended structure.  I’m not quite using it, more because it isn’t how my blog posts flow, but until a writer gains experience, it provides a good tool.

Having read this, I would have gladly paid more than 99 cents for its wisdom.  Try it for yourself!

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I am adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com or write me at dogear6 [at] gmail [dot] com. My other blog, A Daily Life, is a resource for writers, bloggers & diarists.

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4 Comments on “Book Review: Turning Experience Into Parables”

  1. diggingher Says:

    Thanks for the advice. Book purchased. Let’s see if I can employ some of the techniques.

    How do I create a pingback like you have done? I know how to create a link within the body of post and can certainly cut and paste a post or site into a post but don’t understand the concept of pingback…
    Thanks!

    Reply

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