Thomas Shepard: The Autobiography

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  • Carla Ann McGill (Independent Scholar - North America)

Thomas Shepard's Autobiography and its companion, the Journal, are unique narratives of the inner life of a Puritan in early New England. They offer Shepard's perspective on his early life as well as on his ongoing spiritual experiences both before and after coming to New England in 1635, where he soon became the minister of the First Church of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Autobiography was written to his son, Thomas, “that so he may learn to know and love the great and most high God, the God of his father”. Michael McGiffert's definitive book on the work, God's Plot, offers insights into its structure, which is based upon what Shepard calls “God's great plot” of redemption.

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McGill, Carla Ann. "The Autobiography". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 December 2002
[, accessed 04 July 2015.]