Biographies have historically been used by Christians for instruction and encouragement. The current trend in biographical writing is the memoir. Can spiritual memoirs be used as an effective tool for learning more about Scripture, doctrine or the Christian life? Approximately twenty spiritual memoirs were read and evaluated to determine if there was a central theme or series of themes that provided a story-based context for exploring greater biblical truths. This article reviews the genre of spiritual memoirs, discusses their strengths and weaknesses, and suggests a method for preparing them for a book group format.
Jones, Alison R. and Ewing, Jennifer S.
"Can Memoirs Be Used For Spiritual Development in a Book Group?,"
The Christian Librarian: Vol. 56
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/tcl/vol56/iss1/2