Thank you, Patheos!

Good morning, my friends. First of all, my apologies for leaving this blog mostly untended over the past eight weeks. It's hard to believe it's been (as of tomorrow) two months said my dad passed away, but it's not so hard to acknowledge that my grief journey has been a bit deeper and more chaotic than I would have anticipated.The first month or so after dad's death, I poured most of my energy into the Winter Feast for the Soul series of recordings designed to encourage a daily contemplative … [Read more...]

Answering the Contemplative Call ebooks now available

I'm happy to announce that three different ebook versions of Answering the Contemplative Call are now available. Pick your preferred version:Kindle VersionNook VersioniBooks VersionAnd of course, if you'd rather have the old fashioned paper-&-ink version:Buy it at AmazonBut it at Barnes & NobleBut it at an Independent Bookstore (Online or Near You)Hope you enjoy the book. … [Read more...]

Returning to Reality

My latest blog entry for the Huffington Post has been published; it's called Would Thomas Merton Use an iPad? Contemplation, Technology and Discernment.Beneath the whimsical title, this post looks at a serious question: how the philosophy and spirituality of Thomas Merton might be used a compass point for considering ethical questions related to technology and society. The inspiration for this comes from a recently published book, Returning to Reality: Thomas Merton's Wisdom for a … [Read more...]

A shout out to Evelyn Underhill and her wonderful book

Over the next few weeks or so I'll be posting four new videos on Youtube.One will be an "about me" video, one in which I talk about my three most recent books, one in which I talk about an idea I first presented at the Patheos website on "compass points for the spiritual life," and finally, this short little segment on "the book that changed my life." Here you go, it's only a minute long: About two years ago I gave a paper on Evelyn Underhill's Mysticism at a conference on the … [Read more...]

The Ethics of Sharing Mystical Knowledge: Meister Eckhart and the Cloud Author

Pick up any edition of The Cloud of Unknowing, and you are likely to find the following language a bit intimidating:Whoever you are possessing this book, know that I charge you with a serious responsibility, to which I attach the sternest sanctions that the bonds of love can bear. It does not matter whether this book belongs to you, whether you are keeping it for someone else, whether you are  taking it to someone, or borrowing it; you are not to read it, write or speak of it, nor allow … [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...]

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...]