I need your depth and insight. I'm working on a project for both my teaching and writing, and for it I need a list of readings in the field of spiritual autobiography. Because of that, I'm asking for your recommendations. It could be a book, an essay, or an article; anything, really, that offers a personal account of a faith journey, a faith journey that has inspired you or moved you or reshaped your understanding of the spiritual life. The faith journey I'm talking about might entail a full scale conversion or it could be a transformation within the life of someone who already believes. Either kind of story will do.
I'd like the final list to reflect a mix of people from different time periods and backgrounds, with a good balance of male and female. Although my focus is on Catholic Christianity, I am open to suggestions outside that tradition.
Having said that, what do you recommend? In the comment section below, please offer your suggestion(s) and a few sentences explaining why. That way, all readers can benefit.
To save you some time, the following are already on my list:
- The Confessions, St. Augustine
- Surprised by Joy, by C.S. Lewis
- In Good Company, by Fr. James Martin, S.J.
- The Seven Storey Mountain, by Thomas Merton
- The Autobiography of St. Ignatius of Loyola
- The Long Loneliness, by Dorothy Day
- The Language of God, by Francis Collins
- Faith of our Fathers, by Eamon Duffy
Thanks for reading and sharing your wisdom. I encourage you to send this post to others so we can build a long list. Thank you for your help; I am excited to see your recommendations!