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The Pope Who Quit
A Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation

By Jon M. Sweeney

Jon M. Sweeney is an author, editor, and popular speaker with a wide range of interests. His newest book, The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation is being published on March 6, 2012 by Image Books.

For many years, Jon was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of SkyLight Paths Publishing in Vermont. Since 2004, he has been the editor-in-chief at Paraclete Press in Massachusetts.

He is the author of many books including The Road to Assisi, Cloister Talks, and Light in the Dark Ages: The Friendship of Francis and Clare of Assisi; and two memoirs, Almost Catholic and Born Again and Again, which won an Award of Merit from Christianity Today. In 2011, Zondervan published Jon's Verily, Verily: The King James Bible-400 Years of Beauty and Influence, which then became the subject of a feature on PBS' "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" television program over Easter weekend. Several of Jon's books have been selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, Crossings Book Club, History Book Club, and QPB. He is also the author of the popular devotional, The St. Francis Prayer Book, among others. He writes often for the Catholic weekly, America, and blogs regularly on the Religion page of The Huffington Post.

Jon grew up in the evangelical town of Wheaton, IL and will be featured in 2012 in the Wheaton volume of Arcadia Publishing's "Legendary Locals" series. He has lived in Vermont since 1997. Today he is a practicing Catholic but also prays regularly with his wife, who is a rabbi, and they keep a Jewish home. He has three children: a daughter in college, a son in high school, and a baby daughter. He is a frequent guest speaker to groups of all denominational backgrounds on mysteries of the Middle Ages, Francis and Clare of Assisi, Christian fundamentalism, embodied prayer, and appreciating the Catholic imagination.

Jon has appeared on PBS television, a variety of radio programs, and was the featured speaker at The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on St. Francis's feast day in 2004. He frequently talks with readers via Facebook, Twitter, and in person. If you would like him to speak to your book group, conference, church, or other gathering you can reach him at

Read a Q&A with Jon Sweeney at the Patheos Book Club here.