Title

Personal Jesus and Other True Stories

Date of Award

January 2019

Degree Type

Closed Access Thesis

Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English and Theatre

First Advisor

Carter Sickels

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre

Second Advisor

Nancy Jensen

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre

Third Advisor

R. Dean Johnson

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre

Abstract

My Personal Jesus and Other True Stories is a collection of essays about my Catholic upbringing, family relationships, struggles with depression, and my spiritual journey as a search for emotional healing. These stories, written in loosely braided formats, take place in such settings as the family farm in Missouri where my mother grew up, a redwood forest on the coast of California, and a Spiritist healing center in Abadiânia, Brazil. Taken together, My Personal Jesus and Other True Stories shares lessons about acceptance and healing from the perspective of a white, Midwestern, spiritually-seeking woman, dating from the 1960s through the present day.

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