Item description for To Be Told: Know Your Story, Shape Your Future by Dan B. Allender...
Overview A study guide to accompany the textbook provides exercises such as recalling God's meaning in past experiences, writing life stories that reflect God's work, and telling stories that glorify God.
Publishers Description God Invites You to Coauthor Your Future. It Starts with Reading Your Past. In this companion workbook to Dr. Dan Allender's groundbreaking book "To Be Told," you will find practical, easy-to-follow exercises to help you explore and embrace the stories of your life. The exercises inside will equip you to: -recall past experiences and find the meaning God has written there -understand how individual events fit into the bigger themes of your life -write down your stories in a way that reflects God's authorship of your life -identify the passions that drive you, and see how God uses them to guide you into the future -tell your story in a way that brings glory to God and reveals him to others Learn how to read and study your story, and then start telling it to others. God invites you to co-author with him the rest of your life's story-a story that opens up your future and glorifies God.
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Publishers Weekly - 01/24/2005 page 239
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.04" Width: 7.37" Height: 0.42" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2005
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1578569494 ISBN13 9781578569496
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More About Dan B. Allender
Dan B. Allender, PhD, is a founder of Mars Hill Graduate School near Seattle, where he serves as president. He also is a professor of counseling, a therapist in private practice, and a popular speaker. He is the author of a number of books, including To Be Told, How Children Raise Parents, The Healing Path, and The Wounded Heart. Dan and his wife, Rebecca, are the parents of three children.
Dan B. Allender currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington.
Reviews - What do customers think about To Be Told: Know Your Story, Shape Your Future?
Brilliant tool Nov 11, 2008
I really thought I was just going to pick up another book to be a tool in my 'writers' tool box. I had no idea that I would definably pick up the sharpest tool in the tool belt, and begin a journey of self discovery and encouragement. To be told is an invitation to seeing that your life has a purpose and bringing hope to your future, all at the end of your own pen.
Explore the Themes of Your Life. Jul 1, 2008
This workbook is an excellent companion and continuation of the To Be Told book written by Dan Allender To Be Told: God Invites You to Coauthor Your Future. This companion workbook further explores the significant events in ones life by using questions that help you search your life for common themes. For anyone wanting to take the journey of understanding how God uses past experiences in life to determine ones calling, this workbook is a must have.
Great story writing tool Jan 19, 2008
I am helping people review their lives, and assess how their story made them who they are. This book is awesome. The questions are aimed at this goal. What a resource
Highly recommended!! Mar 17, 2005
Dan Allender in his book, "To Be Told" presents both the tools and the inspiration for each of us to understand the stories that God has written in our lives. By understanding the story that God has written in the past, he contends that it will help us to understand the direction that God would have us to take for the future.
Allender does a great job in this book of presenting a method for understanding the difficulties of our past. His sharing of his own difficult background shows that he personally knows of that which he speaks. And since he keeps it simple it is accessible to anyone.
One area that I wish Allender had done a better job of was to broaden the application of understanding our stories. Although dealing with the past and understanding the direction for the future are both important applications, I think that there may be a whole host of others.
However, that small difference aside, Allender's book is well-written and includes powerful practical ideas on how to understand how God is writing your life. I highly recommend it and the accompanying workbook.
For a longer review, go to the blog listed in my nickname and click on the 'Reading' category.
Insightful guide for living an intentional Christian Life Mar 2, 2005
In his latest book, TO BE TOLD, Dan Allender encourages readers to examine their lives in a search for the story that God is telling through their existence. Allender says we often don't know our own stories because we doubt their existence, dismiss their importance, or we're distracted.
"Too many people are missing their story because they're watching the stories of others. We live vicariously through television, sports, magazine, and talk shows. Such stories may occasionally educate us, but most often they sedate us. They free us from admitting that our own life is dull and lifeless. They attract us because they offer life without risk. They are deathly safe."
Fans of John Eldredge's writing, especially THE SACRED ROMANCE, will find similar themes of brokenness, revelation, desire, and narrative redemption here.
"Something must awaken us to the fact that we are asleep. And what awakens us is usually a moment of exposure when we see that the conventions that guide our steps and promise us a good life are nothing more than illusions."
"The stories told in most families are a kind of propaganda."
"You must listen to the heartache and hope that etched in the narrative of your life. And you must find the meaning God has written there."
"Your plight is your redemption."
"Desire is both our greatest frailty and the mark of our highest beauty."
Allender has a humble and disarming tone that is humorous and relatable. It can be hard at times to wade through the jargon of "story" --- feasting on story, editing together, writing your destiny ... what does all that mean? But the effort to truly understand what Allender is getting at is worth it. In essence, he's trying to get people to remember. It sounds simple, but it's not given that so many people have a dysfunctional relationship with the past. Whether good or bad, it can be hard to deal with, and so people tend to forget. But by entering into the past, Allender says that we can understand the present and help write our futures.
"God is the Potter, and we are the clay. Even the word human --- derived from the Latin word humus, meaning "dirt" --- shouts loudly about our origin. We are dirt. The name Adam (Hebrew 'adama) means "red," the color of clay. God shaped, molded, and formed us to reveal something about himself. He is a Being who loves to reveal and who invites us to join the process of revelation by calling to ask, seek and knock. God always intended for his children to join him in completing creation. We are no inanimate entities that merely reveal glory but living stories that are meant to create glory."
In other words, by seeing and understanding the stories God is telling through our lives, we can be more alive.
TO BE TOLD will provide insight for just about everyone interested in living an intentional Christian life. In addition to his wise observations about life, Allender gets practical in his suggestions for knowing one's story, including fasting, prayer, and of course, writing. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if a bit of a memoir-writing fad ensues. And frankly, if Allender is right, we'd be better off for it.