Who’s Your Favorite Christian Mystic?

I'm happy to announce that my latest book — Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints and Sages — has been published. The first printing has been delivered to my publisher's warehouse, and they are now in the process of being shipped out to bookstores (both online and brick & mortar). So your favorite bookseller should have stock any day now.I got my first copies yesterday, and even though this is hardly my first book, it's as exciting as if it were. Kudos to the folks at Hampton Roads Pub … [Read more...]

Georgia Author of the Year!

This past Saturday evening I received a lovely honor. The Georgia Writers' Association selected me as a "Georgia Author of the Year" in the Inspirational/Religious category for Befriending Silence.The Georgia Author of the Year Awards is the oldest literary awards ceremony in the southeastern United States, started by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists in 1964 and hosted by the GWA since 1994.Befriending Silence was among 154 nominations in 14 categories that include both fi … [Read more...]

This Silent Blog is Going Silent

I hope you have had a wonderful and prayerful Lent, and that your Holy Week is likewise a time for reflection and contemplative waiting. Here's looking forward to Easter — and the Easter season. May it be filled with joy, warmth, and plenty of "alleluias"!One thing that won't be part of this Easter season: new posts on my blog.I'm taking the Easter season — basically, March 26 through May 15 — as a kind of mini-sabbatical. So I do not expect to publish any new content on either of my blog … [Read more...]

Books and a Film: All About Silence

I would love to attend the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin next month — if for no other reason than to be at the North American premiere of the movie In Pursuit of Silence. Here's the latest trailer for this "meditative film about our relationship with sound and the impact of noise on our lives."http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDTxstUyrM8So if you live in or near Austin, or are attending SXSW, go see this movie (they haven't announced time and location yet, so keep an eye on the … [Read more...]

My Wonderful Book Covers

As an author (especially as a spiritual author), I always have to walk a fine line: the nature of marketing means I need to be promoting my books, but the nature of humility means that I may not brag about them. At least, not about the text, which is to say, the content that I created.But my books are more than just my work. Every book represents the labor and creativity not only of the author, but of editors, proofreaders, salespeople, marketers and publicists, and designers. In today's post … [Read more...]

A Quick Word

Friends, you may have noticed that I'm not posting much lately.Don't worry, that's only a temporary situation. I am currently focussed on writing my next book, which will be a companion volume to The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. It will be published in late 2016 or early 2017. I'll say more about it when we get closer to the publication date.I should be back on a weekly posting schedule by mid-November.But in the meantime, I want to alert you to some exciting things coming down … [Read more...]

#1 on Amazon!

Okay, I know this is a "big fish in a small pond" moment. Indeed, it's a VERY small pond.But still!Over the last 24 hours, Befriending Silence (which will be published in four weeks) has been listed as Amazon's "#1 New Release in Christian Monasticism & Asceticism"!Woo hoo!My little book on Cistercian spirituality has topped several books by authors I admire (like Joan Chittister, Charles Cummings and William of St. Thierry) to land this coveted spot.Granted, I'm being a b … [Read more...]