Snaps, Scraps & Snippets of the Past & Present
by Lois J. Funk

RIT Publishing, 2014. ISBN 978-0-615-91303-2.
Reviewed by Lee Ambrose
Posted on 03/08/2016

Nonfiction: Memoir; Nonfiction: Creative Life

As author Lois J. Funk states, "Memories are nothing less than bits of gold waiting to be mined from the veins of life."

In her most recent book Snaps, Scraps & Snippets, Funk shares her personal memories in a variety of forms including journal entries and poetry of varying style. In addition to the memoir aspect of this engaging and helpful book, the author gives her readers "Getting the Picture" exercises designed to help readers retrieve their own memories that, in some cases, have been long-forgotten. She also teaches her readers about three tools to help in the memory-mining process:

  • Snaps: "tangible snapshots or photographs plus the mental images retrieved and developed along the way"
  • Scraps: "bits and pieces of tangible or remembered items—trivial trinkets, priceless heirlooms and everything in between"
  • Snippets: "small but important details gleaned from a variety of places"

Funk's premise is that when armed with the snaps, scraps, and snippets, an author can indeed show her story in a real and meaningful way.

The author's style of sharing both intimate details of her life and ways to develop one's writing skills is warm, encouraging, thought-provoking, and inviting. One cannot help but come away from reading this book with a renewed sense of why and how she will forge ahead with her own life-writing goals.

Those who are just beginning to dip their toes in the pool of life-writing should consider this required reading. Those who have been honing their craft for a while might find this book to be a refreshing boost to their writer's toolbox.

Lois J. Funk is an internationally published poet, author, and songwriter. She writes for both children and adults. Among her many published works are five chapbooks and the book Light for the Burning Soul: Sparks, Flames and Embers. Her articles and poetry have appeared in Ideals Magazine, Turtle Magazine, Jack & Jill, Humpty Dumpty Magazine and certain children's religious magazines and Lutheran publications. Visit her website. has received a copy of this book for review from the author, publisher, or publicist. We have received no other compensation.

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