“We feel this impulsion to tell our story, to share our story, to bear witness to the mystery that is us, and to give it away. And that itself is a deeply risky venture, because it makes us so vulnerable.”
What are we doing when we tell the stories of our lives?
In this Life & Faith, Simon Smart and Justine Toh explore memoir, biography, and the desire to explain ourselves to others.
Simon also talks to James K. A. Smith, Professor of Philosophy at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the author of On the road with St Augustine: A real world spirituality for restless hearts.
Yes, Augustine. According to Smith, regardless of what you think about God, you tread in the footsteps of the fourth-century bishop whenever you tell the story of your life. Augustine’s Confessions – part spiritual autobiography, part memoir, part prayer to God – looms over the genre of memoir today.
James K. A. Smith’s On the road with St Augustine: A real world spirituality for restless hearts
Anna McGahan’s Metanoia: A memoir of a body, born again
C.S. Lewis’ Till we have faces
Brian Rosner’s Known by God: A biblical theology of personal identity, and revisit our Life & Faith interview about the book