Historians analyze primary source documents from the past to find insights for today. What if you took that same historical skill of analysis and applied it to a different kind of primary source document: your own past? What insights might you find for your life? Might it help you run your race and leap life's hurdles with greater strength? LifeStory Exegesis™ does just that. It is a model of Christian spirituality that helps people analyze their life stories in order to gain valuable insights. It can be used in discipleship, spiritual formation, direction, small groups, and counseling. It engages the Biblical meta-narrative to provide a framework that shapes the understanding and effective living of one's life.
LifeStory Exegesis™ is based on an exploration of the powerful narrative that runs through the Christian Scriptures and Church History. And it offers a set of tools for exploring one's own life story, combining skills from theology, history, literary criticism, film studies, and counseling to help you make clearer sense of your life. Gwenfair Walters Adams designed and developed LifeStory Exegesis™, drawing on her background in English Literature (B.A., Wellesley College), Theology (M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), and History (Ph.D., Cambridge University). She has used the material with Cru staff and students, church retreats and small groups, and in teaching and mentoring hundreds of seminary students at Gordon-Conwell, where she is the Professor of Church History and Director of the Masters of Arts in Spiritual Formation. Please sign up on the Contact page if you are interested in receiving information about booking or attending upcoming events, being trained in Lifestory Exegesis™, or being notified of the release of books and other resources.
Decathlon Reflections (1948 Olympics) - National Media Museum - No copyright restrictions - Photo on Flickr
Future presentations of LifeStory Exegesis™ include:
Dynamics of Spiritual Life course (Thursday nights live online and at Hamilton, MA campus), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - Spring, 2022. For information on applying for the course, please contact the Admissions Office at Hamilton at 1(800) 428-7329 or at www.gcts.edu.
Maureen Gardner wins Women's 800m Hurdles at 1948 Olympics held at London - photo at National Media Museum page on Flickr - no known copyright restrictions