The Stories We Tell
Every Piece of Your Story Matters
by Joanna Gaines
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Pub Date 08 Nov 2022 | Archive Date Not set
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Imagine if all the worn-out, untrue, painful chapters of our lives started to quiet, and the beautiful, unique pieces of who we are were to rise. Imagine if the stories we tell brought us back to our true selves, back to one another. Imagine if they spoke of how we loved and lost and tried our best. How we saw it all, even the parts that hurt.
Joanna Gaines' new book, The Stories We Tell, invites us on an authentic and deeply vulnerable journey into her story—and helps shine a light on the beauty of our own—guiding us to release the weights that hold us back so we may live and share our story in truth.
We've all dropped anchor in places that suited us for a time: a city, a perspective, a lie we mistook as truth. This book is an invitation to a kind of life where you know how to hold what you believe—about yourself and the quiet worlds behind the people you pass—with gracious and open hands. To see your story as greater than any past or future thing, but for all the beauty and joy and hope it holds today.
It’s an invitation to take stock of the chapters you’ve lived—the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly—glean what’s gold, and carry only that forward. Let it slow your feet and steady your life-in-motion so you can see where you stand today from a new point of view. No longer through weary or uncertain eyes, but a lens brimming with hope.
"The only way to break free was to rewrite my story. Because something would happen every time my pen stopped: It was like my soul was coming back to my body. Like the deepest parts of me that got knocked around and drowned out by all the crap I let the world convince me about who I was came back to the surface. And what was left was only what was real and true. I was, finally, standing in the fullness of my story. I felt hopeful. I felt full. Our story may crack us open, but it also pieces us back together.
We all have a story to tell. This happens to be mine—every chapter a window into who I am, the journey I’m on, and the season I’m in right now. Because this is my story, maybe you won’t always relate, or maybe it will feel like you’re looking in a mirror. Whatever we have in common and whatever differences lie between us, I only hope my story can help shine a light on the beauty of yours. That my own soul work will stir something of your own. And that by the time you get to the end of my story, you’re also holding the beautiful beginnings of your own.
A story only you can tell. And I hope that you will."
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Are you a fan of the Gaines? This is Joanna's story. Not the story of their business, or their family, or even their marriage. This is just Joanna looking at her life and figuring out what she needs to do to be more whole as a person. She gives us tips on how we can do the same and I found this book fascinating and highly enjoyable.
Joanna Gaines has been such an inspiration to me and I was ecstatic when I got the opportunity to read an advanced e-copy of her book (thank you Harper Select)! This is not so much a memoir of her life like I initially thought, but more so a love story to herself; past, present and future. She reflects on a range of topics on everything from her childhood to motherhood to her business empire and all in such a vulnerably heartwarming way that makes you feel so connected with her. While reading this I didn’t feel like it was just a book, I felt like I was having an intimate conversation with a close friend. One that I never wanted to end.
Though she is world famous, Joanna has not lost touch of what is most important to her in her life and this book makes you reflect on your own life and what values you hold. Her honesty throughout is to be applauded and her unfailing optimism is inspiring. She compels you to focus on your own story and lets you know it’s ok to change, to evolve, to rewrite your story until you find your spark and joy in life. So if you’re needing a little motivation, are a fan of Joanna or just want a book with a marvelous message, pick up a copy of #thestorieswetell.
Thank you Joanna for sharing your story with the world and reminding the little girl in me that her story matters.
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