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Autobiographical Writing for Personal and Spiritual Development

Sullivan, Paula Farrell

 Sullivan specializes in teaching people to write their spiritual autobiographies because for her, it was writing about her life that helped her to "begin living the full life God wanted from the beginning" (p. 2). She says the essence of this book was expressed in the following words of novelist Toni Morrison: "If writing is thinking and discovery and selection and order and meaning, it is also awe and reverence and mystery and magic" (p. 97). Sullivan explains how other writers, such as Thomas Merton, have "brought their lifetimes to mind" and suggests how the reader can do the same, as well as "teach the boundaries of our human story as well as . . transcend those boundaries. Finding God is first a matter of entering the cells of memory, a matter of re-creating life events. In this re-creation we will use both the patterns and paradoxes in our life story" (p. 19). Chapter titles are "Unfinished Stories," "Finding a Way," "Discovering the Persons We Used to Be," "Tapping the Wellsprings," "Choosing Ourselves," "When God Breaks Through," "Transforming and Transcending," and "The Mystery of Healing."
Publisher Information:New York: Paulist Press, 1991. 110p. Bibl: 109-110; Chap. bibl: 105-108; 2 figs
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