Story of a Lifetime: A Keepsake of Personal Memoirs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970062604
  • Publisher: 1st Impression Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Format: Leather Bound
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Family Background 10
Childhood 42
Teen Years 70
Higher Education 100
Military 114
Independence, Work and Career 128
Love and Marriage 146
Parenthood 164
Middle Years 190
Golden Years 204
Ethnic Heritage 220
Regrets, Mistakes, Milestones, and Turning Points 236
Beliefs, Values, Lessons and Advice 262
How Life Has Changed 288
Now 304
Favorites 320
Special Questions 330
Continuation Pages 341
Family Tree 366
Favorite Photographs and Mementos 372
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2005

    Wonderful means to inspire the telling of life stories.

    I have given copies of this book to both of my parents, both in their 80s, with wonderful results, even during a rough time in which my Dad was no longer able to write for himself. My mother would ask him to narrate stories, and she copied those stories into his copy of the book. And then she would write her own stories. This book is totally different from those formulaic books that make huge assumptions about people's lives ('the story of our love...') and allow just a few lines for each item. The questions are very open-ended, offering a guide for themes to touch on, but don't force the narrative in any particular direction. Both my parents jumped around in the book, just filling in those stories that seemed most compelling to them in the moment. I would give this to anyone with a little history behind them who is at a time in their life when they have time to be reflective.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    Leave Something Behind

    I love to write in journals. It relaxes me and also helps me get my thoughts together. My husband bought this book for me knowing I would enjoy it..and indeed I did. Yes it can bring up some bad memories but at the same time it can bring up good ones as well. When I have a child I plan on giving it to him/her when he/she gets of age. Its a great way to really let your family know you. Yes..you family knows you but I think this book really gets down to details. I just think it's a great book. Its for some people but not everyone. For those who are interested I would really recommend getting it. If you dont like it..who says you have to keep writing in it or even open it?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2004

    Thought provoking

    This book is full of writing prompts to help you remember various aspects of your life. It is a great tool which I recommend to anyone who wants to reminisce for themselves or to share memories with others!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2003

    Dad remembers his life

    My father is a widdower and grew very lonley after my mothers death. My daughter gave The Story of a Lifetime to him and it sat for a few years unopened. A few years ago dad moved into an independant care retirement facility. He enjoys the social aspects of the facility but since he 85 and has poor hearing he reads a lot instead of watching TV. He had also had a stroke about 15 years ago that makes his writing illedgable. When he finally picked up the book and realized he could not write the stories it got him thinking how much he wanted to remember his life and tell his children all the stories, feelings and thoughts he had never expressed. Dad solved the problem by buying a small tape recorder and simply expressing everything, sometimes tow or three tims that he wanted to tell. My daughter types them up as she gets time. Dad had really enjoyed the book and the memories he had not thought about for so many years. He has even said that he did not realize what a wonderful life he has had until the began to recall all that he had lived and accomplished. This book has served many wonderful uses for both my father and our family. I only wish we had known about it and had given one to my mother as sher loved to write.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2002

    Amazing

    I teach courses on how to write your own guided autobiography but not everyone can express their feelings or sentiment with words. This was a wonderful tool for those who just didn't know how, when or where to begin. Once this album is filled, if you so wish, you can elaborate on some of the more important points.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Gift

    This was a Christmas gift. He hasn't used it yet but was very excited when he saw what it was.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

    Great Gift!

    This book is a great way to share your life experience. It is an expecially personal way to keep your family history intact in a very prsonal way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2003

    Ruined my birthday!

    This book which I received for my birthday left me totally depressed.It may be appropriate for a 90 yr.old but I wouldn't even chance that! I could not fall asleep until around 4:30am because all my unhappy long ago memories were brought to mind. Some of the questions were just too personal to even allow relatives to read.Many questions will not pertain to your life at all! So much room left for answers! Two questions per page! Seemed the authors just listed question after question and thus you are the author. In a nutshell, I see no advantage to having this book for you nor your family. It will be a reminder of things you wish to forget. This is a book with no redeeming quality, nothing to learn, offers nothing.Don't let it upset you as it did me.

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2001

    Grandmother's Legacy

    I gave this to my Grandmother 2 years ago. She was in her 80s. She passed a few months ago and the things that she penned are now priceless. We used her words as part of her home sending ceremony. We also had a wonderful time reading her memories to her lifelong best friend that was able to give my mother and I a better understanding of my grandmother from when she was young until the time she died. I was blessed by the book because I didn't grow up in the same city as my grandmother. Everyone needs a book like this so we can better understand our families so we know from whence we came.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2000

    Lots of wonderful memories to retain forever

    I bought the book for my dad and he raves over it every time I see him. It has brought back so many wonderful memories for him. We, too, as his kids, will get to enjoy each of his life stories over and over again, as will my kids, who can get a kick out of some of the adventures that Grandpa has had. Definitely a must have for families everywhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 1999

    Each of Us Should Leave This Book Behind

    What better way to tell your story - your beliefs, your views, the things you might have even had a hard time saying - can all be written in this book. What a perfect way to build a family's history! I recommend it to all families - no matter what.

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