When people ask what I write, I usually reply: nonfiction, personal essays, and memoir. When I describe my current project, I say I’m writing a memoir that braids leadings about my work with the story of the two years my family and I lived in a remote mountain village.
Lately, I’ve been reading a craft book by Elizabeth J. Andrew – Writing the Sacred Journey – The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir. My copy looks a little ragged. I’ve turned down corners of about half of the pages with exercises I’ll use in my writing practice. I’ve underlined sections that speak to me, such as Andrew’s belief that “spiritual memoir is a form unto itself…a genre in which one’s life is written with particular attention paid to its mysteries.” She also describes well my experience that “…the writing itself becomes a means for spiritual growth.”
After a break from MFA classes and my job, plus a renewing family vacation, I’m eager to resume work on my own spiritual memoir. Writing the Sacred Journey will be a good companion.