As I Recall: Discovering the Place of Memories in Our Spiritual Life

Casey Tygrett (Author)


  • Christianity Today's 2020 Book of the Year Award of Merit - Spiritual Formation
What if our memories are like shells we gather on a beach? According to pastor and spiritual director Casey Tygrett, "We--and all those who have come before us--pick up the experience and we sense it: we feel its edges, notice its color, we smell the distinctive character (for shells it is the sickly seafood salt smell) of the experience and we try to make sense of what it is. Is it beautiful? How would you describe the color--the tones, the shades, wrapped around the ridges and swirls? Has it been damaged? Does the hard edge scrape our hand, leaving a blemish or a mark?" How we hold and carry these memories--good and bad--is a part of what forms us spiritually. In this way we have a common bond with the people of Scripture who also had a sensory life, gathering shells and trying to make sense of them. In these pages Casey Tygrett explores the power of memory and offers biblical texts and practices to guide us in bringing our memories to God for spiritual transformation.

Product Details

IVP Books
Publish Date
April 09, 2019
5.7 X 1.0 X 8.3 inches | 0.8 pounds

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"Through personal story, neurological insights, and spiritual practices, Tygrett pastors his readers, inviting us to bring our whole selves--our past, present, and future selves, our physical, emotional, spiritual selves--into a life formed by the God who was, who is, and who is to come."--Mandy Smith, pastor, author of The Vulnerable Pastor
"I love this book. Casey offers a simple yet life-altering invitation: to remember. Charting a path that begins in the past, in our memories, he does not let us stop there. Instead, with his coaching, we begin the spiritual practice of cultivating our life's memory collections and find clues to where God is at work in our present and future."--Catherine McNiel, author of Long Days of Small Things
"There are smells, tastes, and moments in life that instantly take me back in time. I have my own mental DeLorean nearing eighty-eight miles per hour ready to shoot me back to another time, but I can never predict when it will reach velocity. Sometimes I wonder why recollections strike, but I've never pondered it deeply until now. Casey Tygrett, with deep insight and a sharp pen, leads us more deeply into what God is revealing to us through our personal and communal stories and how embracing those stories leads us forward."--Sean Palmer, teaching pastor, Ecclesia Houston