Dreaming the Tiger

My family and I went to see Life of Pi last night. I have not (yet) read the book, but Gareth Higgins (who knows a lot more about movies than I do) says it's one of the best novel adaptations he's ever seen. I can only judge the movie on its own merits, and I'd say it's well worth seeing. If you're worried about spoilers, stop reading this now and go see the movie. … [Read more...]

Here’s Your Contemplative/Interfaith Holiday Gift-Giving Guide for 2013

Last year I posted a list of suggested books for holiday gift-giving, and I've received a request from a reader to do it again. So here is a baker's dozen of books for you to consider giving to your loved ones (including yourself). As you will see, these books cover both Christian contemplative and interfaith spirituality. Happy reading!i told my soul to sing: finding God with Emily Dickinson by Kristin Lemay — using twenty-five poems by Dickinson as jumping off points for meditation, Lemay e … [Read more...]

Farewell to the Merton Institute

I am sad to learn that the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living will be ceasing its operations at the end of this year. You can read their announcement here. The Merton institute is an independent non-profit organization with a mission "to awaken interest in contemplative living through the works of Thomas Merton and others, thereby promoting Merton's vision for a just, peaceful and sustainable world." Among other initiatives, the Merton Institute ran a retreat center near the Abbey of … [Read more...]

Cross Roads

I suppose it is fashionable, after an author has written an 18-million copy bestseller (as is boldly announced on the dust jacket of Cross Roads), to summarily pan whatever book the writer comes up with next. After all, lightning rarely strikes the same place twice, and unless you're writing about boy wizards or teen vampires, chances are you will not be responsible for multiple multi-million copy bestsellers, right? So a book like Cross Roads — the newly-released offering from Wm. Paul Young, au … [Read more...]

Patricia Monaghan 1946-2012

I am sad to note the passing of Patricia Monaghan, who died yesterday after living with cancer. Pat wrote the foreword for my Complete Idiot's Guide to Celtic Wisdom. She also was very supportive behind the scenes, introducing me to several fascinating people in Ireland who helped me with my research into Celtic spirituality, whether pre-Christian or Christian.Pat, of course, was known as a Goddess writer, and she and I lost touch after I became a Catholic. The last time we saw each other … [Read more...]

Purity

Purity does not lie in separation from but in deeper penetration into the universe.— Pierre Teilhard de ChardinI stumbled across this quote from Teilhard while reading an essay by Annie Dillard called "Flying in the Middle of Art." She doesn't provide the original source, and I googled it and couldn't find it that way either. So I'm not sure exactly where or when Teilhard said this. And I suppose it doesn't matter. It's one of those lovely "words" of wisdom, similar to what a Desert Father m … [Read more...]

Instead of singing for your supper, how about blogging for books?

This post is aimed at people who blog, or have a podcast, or in some other way like to express themselves online. If you are not such a person, feel free to skip this, unless you'd like a peek into how book marketing works...My irrepressible friend Mike Morrell is a publicist who promotes progressive Christian books. One of the ways he does this is by seeking bloggers who would be willing to read his client's books and write reviews on their blogs. He did this kind of thing for a number of y … [Read more...]


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