Archive for January 16th, 2008

I recently interviewed Phyllis Tickle for Publishers Weekly magazine’s online newsletter, Religion BookLine. You can read the brief interview here, and in a future post will include the interview in its entirety.

Words of Jesus coverThe subject of the interview is Tickle’s new book, The Words of Jesus, in which she lifts the words of Jesus from the narrative and context of the Gospels and the Book of Acts. The result is part missal, part scripture, part devotional and part radical call to belief and action. It occurred to me that it would also make a great source for prayers to say on prayer beads. The book comes out from Jossey-Bass in early February. I’ll include more about it when I finally get my hands on a copy.

Phyllis TickleTickle is the former senior religion editor at Publishers Weekly. She has also been a mentor to me, helping in the conception of all three of my books. Before I sat down to begin Bead One, Pray Too I checked my ideas and some of the overarching themes with her. I do not know a more knowledgeable or a kinder person than Phyllis. Everything she writes, says or does is done with great passion, deep respect and fine intellect.


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