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Rewriting Personal Testimonies into Non-Fictional Stories

Updated: Apr 10



A new book is in the making. The above design of the book cover is still in its draft format. The text will appear like this:




It is more interesting to read a novel than a first person's testimony. A first person account may be more credible, but the attention grab is more when it is rewritten as a non-fiction story.


Here is an example of how it is done:


 

Testimony 22 Jan 2024 Mon


I remember when I was twelve years old, I started to search for something. I do not know what I was searching for. I cycle here. I could not find it. I cycle there. I still could not find it.


I remember after I had accepted Christ, I suddenly realized that I have stop looking. My heart was satisfied. I was no longer looking for anything.


I was Form Three in 1973. A school friend invited me to attend the I.S.C.A. (Inter School Christ Ambassado



r) meeting in her church. It was on Tuesday 2.30 p.m. Since I was free, I agreed to go. It was the first time that I go to a church.


During the end of the meeting, the preacher asked everyone to bow their heads and close their eyes. Then he asked if anyone wanted to accept Christ as their personal saviour. He said that you can give Jesus a try. If Jesus is not real, you can leave him. So, I put my hand up. Then, he asked me to stand up. Then, he asked me to come down to the front.

 

Rewritten:


She met Jesus at 15 (click to read)

KWAN Li Ming was twelve, when she realised something was missing in her life. At such a tender age, living in Meru, Klang together with her parents and six brothers and one sister, Li Ming wondered where she could find this purpose in her life.


“I did not know what I was searching for, but I knew I was searching for s-o-m-e-t-h-i-n-g,” she recalls, after nearly half a century ago. “I cycled here, but I could not find what I was looking for; I cycled there, but I still could not find it.”

Even though this was back in 1970, yet the same question was asked by the curious young mind from SMK (Perempuan) Bukit Kuda, Klang.


Nothing could satisfy her questions about life until one day when she was in Form 3. She was invited to attend the ISCA meeting at Glad Tidings Klang near her home. ISCA stands for the Inter-School Christ Ambassador.


“It was then that I met Jesus,” she says. “After I accepted Him as my personal Saviour, I suddenly realized that I had found what I was looking for. I stopped looking for that missing element in my life. It was like that peg that filled the hole in my heart perfectly. My heart was satisfied. I found what I was looking for!”


Looking back to that moment in 1973, Li Ming recalls it was a Tuesday afternoon. The clock on the wall showed it was 2.30pm. “Since I was free that afternoon, I agreed to attend the meeting when invited by my friend from school. It was the first time that I attended a church, and from then on, I have always experienced God’s goodness in my life.”


At the end of the meeting, when the preacher asked everyone to bow their heads and close their eyes, he asked if anyone wanted to receive Christ as their personal Saviour. I cannot recall the preacher's name but he was a tall, soft spoken Chinese man.


On the platform, he said, “Young people, you can give Jesus a try. If Jesus is not real, you can leave Him. But, if He is real, you will never regret meeting Him today.”


Without hesitation, Li Ming raised her right hand. "Then, the preacher invited those of us who raised our hands to stand up. I was the only one that put up my hand. Shortly after that, he invited me to come to the front where he led us to pray a simple prayer, “Dear Jesus, ….”







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