Publication Date: February 23, 2022
Award-winning freelance journalist Javacia Harris Bowser is convinced that writing is a superpower. She sees her life as proof of it since writing has helped her navigate marriage, crisis of faith and body image issues. It also helped her to beat cancer.
As a Black woman from the South, Javacia has used the written word to explore issues of gender and race as well as religion. Find Your Way Back is a collection of essays that demonstrate how Javacia has used writing to achieve some of her wildest dreams such as being a public speaker, having her own column, and being her own boss. The book also explores how writing, self-love, and faith helped her overcome her worst nightmare: a cancer diagnosis in 2020. Javacia’s goal is to show readers how writing can transform their lives as well. The book includes prompts throughout to help readers start their own writing journey.
This book is for the woman who has wanted to write since she was a girl but struggles to find the time or the courage to put her words on paper. Find Your Way Back, shows that instead of putting writing on the back burner when life gets turned upside down, we should turn to it to help life make sense again.
Freshly diagnosed with breast cancer, the author turns to writing to navigate through the struggle. Her purpose in writing the book is to show people they can write their dreams into reality. Consisting of short essays and poems, the book provides details about the author’s life as a female African American entrepreneur.
One of the interesting techniques she mentions is scripting, which is a journaling technique about the future you want but in the present tense. The value of this exercise is to provide hope. Additionally, several of the essays contain writing prompts. Ultimately, the author conveys the importance of living and loving with urgency.
The author’s compelling writing style is evident throughout the book. As the founder of See Jane Write, a website and community for women who write and blog, the author has honed her craft, especially in light of her personal struggle with cancer.
Find Your Way Back provides a solid dose of inspiration to use writing as a tool to navigate life’s challenges.
Javacia Harris Bowser is an award-winning essayist and journalist and the founder of See Jane Write. A proud graduate of the journalism programs at the University of Alabama and the University of California at Berkeley, Javacia has written for USA Today, HerMoney.com, and Good Grit magazine. Named one of Birmingham’s Top 40 Under 40, she believes we can all write our way to the life of our dreams.
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