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I am the “Passionate Personal Historian” for the church I attend.  I have been teaching Personal History classes there  for a number of years.  I wanted to share with you a handout I created for a “Recording Your Faith Journey” class.

This could just as easily be used in a non-Christian context , substitute the word “Spiritual” for the word “Faith.”

Recording a Faith Journey

15 Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Why do you want to write (or audio or video record) a chronicle of your faith journey?
  2. Who are you writing this for?  (Yourself, your family and friends, your descendants?)
  3. What are the major milestones of your faith journey?  Can you make a list so you are sure to talk about each one?
  4. Do you need or want to include anything about the faith of your ancestors? Did this affect your own faith journey? (parents, grandparents, great grandparents… etc)
  5. If you think of your faith journey as a whole – can you see a pattern or a theme?  If you were choosing “one word” that best describes your faith journey what would that word be?
  6. Are there any pictures that should be part of your written record?
  7. Are there any certificates (baptism, wedding, funeral of family members) that you could take a picture of and include?
  8. Who were the really significant people in your faith journey?  Remember there may be a few ‘stinkers’ that strongly affected your choices as well as truly inspirational people or mentors.
  9. How does your faith journey compare to the culture around you?
  10. Do you have a faith community?  Or have you had more than one in your lifetime?  How have they affected your faith journey? (either positively or negatively)
  11. Are there any books or writings that have been particularly inspirational or that you would highly recommend to others?
  12. What words of wisdom have you found that you would like to pass on to others?
  13. Do you have a favorite Bible verse or Bible story?  Why is it your favorite?
  14. If someone was reading about your faith journey 150 years from now – what particularly would you like to share with them?  Remember to include any best wishes you have for them or words from your heart.
  15. Who do you want to share your faith journey with?  Will you make a point of doing that?  Where are you going to store your faith journey writing so that it goes to the right people when you die?

2 Responses to “Writing a Faith or Spiritual Journey Story”

  1. marjorie Turner HOllman says:

    Dhyan, this is exactly the sort of piece that should be shared with those who say, ‘I don’t have any children, no family, what do I have to say, to share, and who would be interested?” Good stuff. Thank you!

  2. Mignon Martin says:

    Dhyan, I am sooo excited to find you!
    I am new to Personal History and am especially interested in faith journeys.
    I’d love to know more about the classes you teach at your church.
    Is that info somewhere out there?

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