A Few Deep Breaths

I spoke with a friend of mine the other night, who does marketing consulting for publishers. We talked about my writing. Now that The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader has gone to press, my next project is to work on the new edition of The Aspiring Mystic which will hopefully be released in time for the Wild Goose Festival.But then what?Spiritual writing for me is a calling, not a career or even a livelihood. Yes, I want my books to be successful, but at the risk of sounding clichéd, … [Read more...]

Annunciation and Declaration

Today is the feast of the Annunciation, commemorating the encounter between the Archangel Gabriel and the young maiden Mary, when Gabriel announced that Mary would conceive the child Jesus.Whether the Annunciation be a miracle or a myth, it's a powerful story that is well worth our consideration. It's a story about call, about vocation, about how our individual destinies  or life purposes are knit together in a larger, grander, cosmic story. I'm reminded of the song "Terrapin Station" by … [Read more...]

The Road Not Taken

My dear readers, I try to keep the angst-quotient on this blog to a bare minimum, but this morning I am going to indulge myself a bit. You have been duly warned. Read on at your own risk.Yesterday morning I received an email from Bob P., a reader of this blog, who wrote this observation: I’ve been reading your wise blog posts on discipline and your rule for life and the huge amount of reading that you do.  I’m wondering why is this guy not teaching Spirituality at the Phd level at a well known … [Read more...]


Abram and Sarai were called to leave their homes and travel to the west. John the Baptist was called to preach in the desert. Jesus was called into the desert to fast and pray. Saul was blinded on the road to Damascus and was called to go into the city there and submit to one of the leaders of the Christian community.Call — in fancy Latin parlance, "vocation" — is a foundational experience of the Christian spiritual life. Normally we think of the concept of call in relation to Holy Orders, as i … [Read more...]


I had an interesting insight the other day.As I'm wending my way through my midlife years, I have been playing with the "What if..." questions that I suppose haunt many people in their forties. But I guess where some people wonder "What if I really had become an artist/musician/actor/writer instead of just settling down in my career?" my questions run more along the lines of "What if I really had pursued a professional career instead of the writer's life?"Don't get me wrong: I'm deeply … [Read more...]