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The Spiritual Practice of Remembering


Eerdmans 2013

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As Margaret Bendroth argues in The Spiritual Practice of Remembering, modern disengagement from the past puts us fundamentally out of step with the long witness of the Christian tradition. The past tense is essential to our language of faith, and without this essential element, the conversation becomes limited and thin.

In this insightful volume, Bendroth presents a fresh argument for the importance of honoring the past. The Christian tradition gives us the powerful image of a vast communion of saints, all of God’s people, both living and dead, in vibrant conversation with each other. However, this kind of connection with ancestors in the faith, Bendroth maintains, will only be created by the intentional effort to remember. She argues that remembering must become a regular spiritual practice, part of the rhythm of our daily lives as we recognize our world to be, in many ways, a gift from others who have gone before.

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Key Features

  • Examines complex changes in the way Westerners think about time and human memory
  • Explores the significance of religious traditions and the relationship between the living and the dead
  • Describes how the modern world has shaped our view of history


  • Stranded in the Present
  • Past Imperfect
  • Memory Loss
  • The Great Conversation
  • The Communion of Saints
  • The Spiritual Practice of Remembering

Praise for the Print Edition

Margaret Bendroth shows once again that she is an artist who happens to work with words rather than paint or clay; she is also a Christian and a historian. Bendroth makes a powerful case that the past is never totally past but remains a rich resource for the practice of our faith. The point is less the mastery of this or that ‘dry’ detail than to see that our spiritual parents often faced questions similar to ours yet gave answers different from ours—answers more practical, more creative, and more faithful. It pays to pay attention. The book is at once learned, thought-filled, and wonderfully engaging.

—Grant Wacker, professor of Christian history, Duke Divinity School

Abounding in colorful anecdotes—and laced with wry and sympathetic humor—this memory book reads like a good diary, a page-turning adventure through sacred history. Bendroth argues that meaningful remembering requires imagination and determination but is well worth the effort, for it cannot but form us into better Christians and finer human beings.

—Nancy S. Taylor, senior minister and CEO, Old South Church, Boston, MA

Product Details

  • Title: The Spiritual Practice of Remembering
  • Author: Margaret Bendroth
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 142

About Margaret Bendroth

Margaret Bendroth is executive director of the American Congregational Association and director of the Congregational Library in Boston. Her other books include Women and Twentieth-Century Protestantism and Fundamentalism and Gender.

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