Using the Art of Memory to remember Jesus’ parables
By Gary Lee Entsminger & Susan Elizabeth Elliott
The Art of Memory has been used for mental and spiritual training by ancient orators
(e.g., Cicero), Christian figures (e.g., Thomas Aquinas), and modern practitioners
(e.g., Dominic O’Brien) since before the time of Christ. This powerful memory technique
can also be used to remember other kinds of information (lists, speeches, important
dates, etc.). At its essence, the Art of Memory involves placing symbolic images
at designated locations along a journey.
Remembering the Parables contains:
Step-by-step instructions to memorize 30 parables using the Art of Memory.
30 full-page paintings plus diagrams to help you visualize your memory journey.
Each parable distilled into a concise, eloquent poem. Parables cross-referenced in
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Thomas.
A history of the Art of Memory and Jesus’ parables.
Techniques for remembering chapters and verse references.
GARY L. ENTSMINGERis a writer, naturalist, computer programmer, and poet. He has
written a novel, nine programming books, over 100 scientific and technical articles,
and computer software that helps scientists understand patterns of biodiversity.
SUSAN E. ELLIOTTis a writer, ecologist, and artist. She studied botany and French
at Humboldt State University and has a Ph.D. in biology from Dartmouth College. Remembering
the Parables hosts her first exhibition of black and white watercolors.
Jesus taught in figurative language. He compared the kingdom of heaven to leaven.
He indicated how people should live in the kingdom by telling vivid and sometimes
puzzling parables. Some of these parables suggest reversals of expectations. Very
small things, like mustard seeds, can grow into majestic and great products. All
of the parables consist of tangible and vivid images. These images make them memorable.
By learning Jesus’ parables by heart, you will become acquainted with Jesus’ parables
in a deeper way. By practicing the Art of Memory, you will grow to see remembering
not as a tiresome and time-consuming task but as a relaxing pleasure. See your memories
for what they are—treasures and enduring gifts.