“Life is Change… How it Differs From the Rocks”

First of all, happy Feast of the Transfiguration, everyone! Today is the day liturgical Christians commemorate Jesus taking Peter, James and John onto the mountaintop where, in one of the Gospels' most beautiful and mystical passages, we read this:And Jesus was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us t … [Read more...]

Read an excerpt from my new book!

Paraclete Press, the publisher of my new book on the spiritual lessons from Narnia, has posted a generous excerpt from the book in PDF format online. Please take a moment to read it — and if you find it entertaining or useful, I hope you'll order a copy (or three) for yourself or to give away.Click here to read an excerpt of The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader.Click here to order The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader from Amazon.com. … [Read more...]

Silence & Writer’s Block

I have a friend who is struggling to complete a dissertation. Entire days can go by without writing a single sentence. Sitting at the computer is an exercise in fear and frustration.To say my friend has writer's block is — well, you know, just another label. But like so many labels, it has a measure of usefulness. It's interesting to read the Wikipedia entry on Writer's Block. It describes the condition not only as the inability to write, but also "as the affected writer viewing their work as i … [Read more...]

Mysticism and Missing the Point

A reader named William Law (I wonder if he's related to the author of A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life?) has not been shy about attacking the basic premise of this blog. Here are a few quotes from recent comments of his (all made to one recent post): The discussion of mysticism and writing about mysticism as an “object” is specious and misses the point.How words just multiply like rabbits. There comes a point where explaining is too much like a hamster on his wheel. There is real pow … [Read more...]

Freshly (Im)Pressed, or, the Challenge of Writing

First of all, a big shout out and "thank you" to the good folks of Wordpress.com who chose my post from yesterday, Of Death, Dementia and Dear Old Friends, to be featured on their "Freshly Pressed" page. This is the first time a post from this blog made it onto that site (where they daily feature about 11 selections from over a half million daily Wordpress blog posts), and my site's traffic tripled! So "hello" to everyone who is just now discovering my little blog thanks for "Freshly Pressed." I … [Read more...]

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...]

Consistency

I've been praying — and thinking — a lot about consistency lately.I struggle with self-sabotage issues. I make a commitment, and then back away from it. I commit to spending an hour a day in silent contemplation, and then I over commit my life so that I just never seem to find the time for that half hour in the evening. I want to deepen my immersion in silence — both external and internal — except that, well, my behavior doesn't seem to match my intention.The traditional virtue that applies t … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X