Spiritual Autobiographies

Spiritual Autobiographies from
Farnan Spirituality Center.

Below is a short listing of spiritual autobiographies to enhance your spiritual reflection and journey. This page will be updated periodically for you. Please feel free to contact us with your comments.


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The Long Loneliness

The Long Loneliness, by Dorothy Day, is a compelling testament to her life of social activism and her spiritual pilgrimage. A founder of the Catholic Worker Movement and longtime associate of Peter Maurin, Dorothy Day was eulogized in the New York Times as “a nonviolent social radical of luminous personality.”

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Author Thomas Merton

The Seven
Storey Mountain

The Seven Storey Mountain, by Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and a noted author. Merton reflects on his early life and his quest for understanding and desire to find faith in God that led to his conversion to Roman Catholicism when he was 23.

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Author C. S. Lewis.

Surprised by Joy

Surprised by Joy, written by C.S. Lewis, described his conversion from atheism to faith in Jesus Christ. He had never expected that there was any connection between God and joy. If anything, he had thought it would be the opposite.

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Saint Therese of Lisieux

The Story of a Soul

The Story of a Soul, by Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, is a spiritual classic and is one of the most beautiful autobiographies ever written.  Sister Thérèse wrote this autobiography out of obedience to Mother Agnes of Jesus (her religious superior and sister, Pauline). Her autobiography reveals her deep love of God and draws the reader into the beautiful workings of grace within her soul.

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