Letting Go

I have a friend who is a hoarder. He owns somewhere in the vicinity of 25,000 books, along with numerous DVDs and videos. He's in his seventies, so this represents a lifetime of collecting. His house is jammed full of the things, along with a large storage shed in his back yard, not to mention two off-site storage units. His wife is furious, and he is slowly coming to the painful realization that a lifelong dream of his — that he could merrily collect books and spend his retirement years reading … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day (for Ali)

Believe me as one who has experience, you will find much more among the woods then ever you will among books. Woods and stones will teach you what you can never hear from any master. — Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, The Letters … [Read more...]

A Few More Hints About the New Book…

My new book has been endorsed by James Martin, S.J., author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and My Life With the Saints. I don't want to release the entire endorsement, as that would give away too much about the book. But in part, Fr. Martin says, By turns playful, provocative and profound, McColman asks us to "become like little children" in order to understand some very adult lessons. If and when we get any more endorsements of the book, I'll post them here, so stay tuned.Oh, … [Read more...]

A Few Hints About My Next Book…

Here are a few hints about my next book.It is already written. In fact, I am in the final stages of editing it. It is already under contract with a publisher — a new publisher for me. It was inspired by a class I taught earlier this year. It is much, much shorter than my last book (which is how I was able to write it so quickly!) It is sufficiently different enough from my last book that I think it will reach a much different audience — but I think people who like one book will like the o … [Read more...]

Books we talked about in Ulster

Here is a partial list of some of the many books we talked about, recommended to one another, read from, or otherwise consulted, during the Spirituality and Peacemaking week in Northern Ireland earlier this month. Some of these books were mentioned in our sessions; others were used to help plan the sessions; others came up in informal conversations between the retreat participants. If you weren't on the retreat, dipping into these books might give you a sense of the breadth of the conversation … [Read more...]

Book suggestions from Lindisfarne

A fellow named David from the Community of Aidan and Hilda has gotten in touch with me. He shares my conviction that Christian mysticism and Celtic spirituality naturally coinhere. Visiting his community's website stirs in me a longing to visit both Lindisfarne and Iona, neither of which I have yet to see (I always seem to end up in Ireland whenever I go to the British Isles).David recommended three books to me: Exploring Celtic Spirituality by Ray Simpson Restoring the Woven Cord by … [Read more...]

And what do YOU like to read?

Here's something just for fun — that sheds some light on the reading habits of those who visit my humble website.Scattered throughout this blog and website are links to various books — books I've written, books written by people I've interviewed (like John O'Donohue), or books that I've reviewed, recommended, or otherwise mentioned once or twice. These links take you to Amazon where you can purchase the book — and if you do so, I get a small commission in the form of a credit that I can use at … [Read more...]


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