By Lisa Deam and Caroline Triscik

Maps to Guide Us: An Interview with Lisa Deam

“The interesting thing about GPS is that we personally become the center. As we move, everything is oriented to our position, and the world shifts and organizes itself around us. … Medieval maps, in spiritual terms, remind us that our lives revolve around Christ and not the other way around.” — Dr. Lisa Deam

In this episode WAP Associate Caroline Triscik interviews author and speaker Lisa Deam about her book, A World Transformed: Exploring the Spirituality of Medieval Maps. With a PhD in late medieval art history from the University of Chicago, Lisa brings knowledge and passion about medieval maps and through this lens invites us to explore our own spiritual formation and pilgrimage toward Jerusalem, with Christ's death and resurrection at the center.

"I first met Lisa Deam when we were attending the same church in Northwest Indiana. At some point, she led a spiritual formation workshop using medieval maps as the focal point to help us map our journey of faith. Prior to knowing Lisa, my interest in medieval maps was minimal, if not non-existent, but her knowledge and passion about these maps and how they have shaped her faith compelled me to join her in this exploration.

"Now over a decade since having met Lisa, she and I sit down for this interview to chat about pilgrimage and the harrowing journey toward Jerusalem and all of the possibilities along the way, including spiritual pirates! Lisa offers her extensive knowledge of medieval maps and how they can be a guide for us toward Christ in our own spiritual journeys." 

— Caroline Triscik

You can listen on iTunes or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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About the Author

Dr. Lisa Deam writes and speaks on spiritual formation through the lens of history. She has a PhD in late medieval art history from the University of Chicago and is the author of A World Transformed: Exploring the Spirituality of Medieval Maps.

Caroline has served with InterVarsity since 2002 as a campus staff member in northwest Indiana and most recently in central Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Purdue University in 2002 and is currently working toward a master’s in clinical mental health counseling at Messiah College. Caroline, her husband, John, and their three children live in “the sweetest place on earth,” otherwise known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she likes to read, discover new music, and attempt to train her uncontrollably exuberant Labrador retriever, Pax. Caroline is an associate with Women in the Academy and Professions.

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