The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The Spiritual Practice of Remembering

The Spiritual Practice of Remembering

Margaret Bendroth is director of the Congregational Library in Boston and a historian of American religions. In this elegantly written book, she makes a good case for remembering as “an act with spiritual meaning, pushing us against the unknown.”

Cultivating the past isn’t easy given the cultural propensity to focus on the latest fad or phenomenon. Despite the variety of available pathways to the past, many people only focus on creating their own personal archives of experiences and memories with social media posts, scrapbooks and digital photo files.

Bendroth challenges Christians to begin a conversation about religious tradition and to revive connections with the communion of saints who are spread across time and space. Here memory becomes not just an isolated act of an individual but a cooperative adventure uniting believers as they try to make sense of the past, present and future (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.).


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