Advance Praise for “Unteachable Lessons”

Advance Praise for “Unteachable Lessons” August 14, 2019

One of the scariest moments for me, as an author, is when my editor and I have finished working on a book, and we then send the manuscript out to a number of people for reviews and/or endorsements. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking. What if no one likes it? Eek!

Unteachable Lessons

Fortunately, my forthcoming book Unteachable Lessons: Why Wisdom Can’t Be Taught (and Why That’s Okay) has received some very warm words of praise from a number of early readers. Forgive me for being a marketer (it’s part of the job description of any freelance writer), but I’d like to share the advance words of praise with you — in hopes, of course, that you will pre-order the book for yourself (and for everyone you love!).

Links for pre-ordering it from both major online retailers and indie bookstores can be found at the end of this post. USA residents: if you’d like to get an autographed copy, you can pre-order it directly from me by clicking here.

Advance Praise for Unteachable Lessons:

 Carl McColman’s first gift is his commitment to write about things that matter.  His second gift is his ability to write about them with clarity and warmth, enticing his readers to go places with him that we might otherwise not have gone. In Unteachable Lessons he leads us to the brink of lessons no book can teach, then frees us to go forward to learn them, trusting the God who meets us at every step on the unknown way.

Barbara Brown Taylor, author of Holy Envy

We have come to expect inspiring and sure-footed guidance from the pen of Carl McColman.  In this beautifully written memoir, McColman continues his sound guidance through wide learning, deep experience, and the humor of the truly wise.

— Martin Laird, O.S.A., author of An Ocean of Light

Unteachable Lessons is an invitation to dance — with life, with the Holy Spirit, with the mystery of unknowing. It is a treasure, that will require you to join the dance, not just read the words.”

Therese Taylor-Stinson, editor of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around

Unteachable Lessons looks at many different journeys: the journey into grief, into silence, into trust, and perhaps most of all, the journey into God. No one can take these adventures for us — but Carl McColman is a wise and caring companion on the path.

— Richard Rohr, O.F.M., author of The Universal Christ

These lively stories of loss, awakening, and moments of divine encounter and surprise offer invitations at every turn to recognize how the Spirit lives and moves in our own lives as well as in the author’s.  Deft and funny, rich with spiritual insight and unpretentiously articulate, this book is one to be enjoyed, dog-eared, carried to retreats, and shared.

Marilyn McEntyre, author of Word by Word

Riveting, inspiring and beautifully written, Unteachable Lessons is a moving account of finding God amidst both the laughter and tears in life.

 — James Martin, S.J., author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage

This powerful little book inspires and instructs masterfully.  A must-read for those interested in truths beneath the words.

Margaret Benefiel, author of The Soul of a Leader

As a writer myself, I know the temptation of going on and on. A lot of us writers like writing more than our readers love reading. But this is a short book, short and delicious. And nutritious. It won’t strengthen your addiction to words. In fact, it will do the opposite.

Brian D. McLaren, from the foreword to Unteachable Lessons

The publication date of the book is September 17, 2019. Avoid the rush! Pre-order it now…

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If you’d like an autographed copy, you can also order a copy directly from me by clicking here.


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