“I didn’t include many special people, interesting places, and events of my life in the work, mainly because I wrote a memoir, not an autobiography.” I said.
“What’s the difference? I’m not sure I know. Isn’t a memoir supposed to be about all that you remember in your life?” he said.
That’s when I gave a brief comparison as I understood the differences.
“To me, a memoir presents slices of memory around a theme. The theme I chose was my adoption and healing love. The memoir began simply as a journaling of the various encounters I had as an adoptee with the love that finally healed my life and my wounded heart. Much of what I wrote when I started out was for my own personal reflection and not intended for publication. Only later did I see the theme emerge.
An autobiography, on the other hand, is a full, comprehensive accounting of everything in the life of the person writing. The autobiography organizes itself chronologically. The memoir or personal narrative, may meander through various memories and snatches of experiences surrounding the developing theme. Is that explanation helpful?”
“I think you should share that in an Introduction or Preface then.” he said.
“Perhaps a blog post will do. On behalf of my readers, I was trying to be brief and focused.” My family member seemed satisfied.
This is the simplified explanation of how I envisioned and wrote my recent book entitled, Adopted: An Adoptee’s Memoir of Healing Love. I hope I clarified the distinction enough to not be held guilty of leaving out him and others I love and value.
QUESTION: Is the explanation I gave clear and accurate as you think about the differences?
You are entitled to your own opinions; but, you are not entitled to your own FACTS.
“You shall know the TRUTH, and the truth will set you free.” from deception and wishful thinking.
This video is a factual education for anyone who, through ignorance of Islam’s holy teachings or ignorance of the history of Islam and the Ottoman Empire, believes that Islam is a peaceful religion. The facts are a wake-up call for those who don’t understand the need to vet the Muslims who enter our nation. Remember, fundamental Islam is the enemy of everything our nation and God has proclaimed and stood for.
If apocalyptic Islam ever gained a foothold in the USA, blood would run in the streets. They’ve told us as much. First the homosexuals, then all the feminists who exposed their shame, then Jews and Christians. Those who remained would submit from fear, not love. Fundamental, apocalyptic, radical Islam is a horrible and demonic totalitarian worldview couched in lies and founded by a sick, demonized sexual predator whom we should pity rather than submit to. His end is the Lake of Fire in the Book of Revelation.
Are there ANY peaceful, friendly kind, compassionate Muslims? YES. But they are ignorant of history and are considered nominal by the fundamental sects of Islam. Many would submit to a Caliphate if it were established though. Otherwise, we would see them protesting radical Islam and battling that instead of complaining that they can’t get more of them into our country. A rare handful have helped us but we have to be careful. One the camel gets its nose and then head into the tent, the body is not far behind.
Anyone ever heard of the Trojan Horse? Do a study. Learn history for Pete’s sake and you will understand part of what is going on here. Read the Book of Revelation and Matthew 25 and you’ll understand the rest.
This video is a wake up call for those spiritually ignorant regarding the true warfare and its demonic source:
“I thought I’d be dead by 21”
Great pain produces character. It can just as easily produce fear, rejection, and self-loathing.
My early life produced in me a fear that I’d be dead by 21. This personal narrative is my memory of a lifelong search for love, belonging, and a sense of place. Walk with me on my journey through abandonment, panic attacks, fear, rejection, bullying, and unbelief, out into the blinding light of healing love.
Adopted touches on the issues nearly every child or adult adoptee must face on the way to maturity, wholeness, and redemption. Along the way it provides valuable insights to adoptive and foster parents who long to see their children whole; and, to adult adoptees who wonder why they do what they do and how healing can be the next chapter in their life story.
This is what I would have written. Best said by Bill.