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Guest Speaker: Phyllis Tickle

July 10, 2010

NDEr; Editor of Religion Dept of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY; authority on religion in America.

PHYLLIS TICKLE, founding editor of the Religion Department of PUBLISHERS
WEEKLY, the international journal of the book industry, is frequently
quoted in print sources like USA TODAY, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, NY
TIMES as well as in electronic media like PBS, NPR, THE HALLMARK
CHANNEL, and innumerable blogs and web sites. Tickle is an authority on
religion in America and a much sought after lecturer on the subject.

In addition to lectures and numerous essays, articles, and interviews,
Tickle is the author of over two dozen books in religion and
spirituality, most recently The Great Emergence, How Christianity is
Changing and Why and The Words of Jesus, A Gospel of the Sayings of Our

She is also the author of the notable and popular The Divine Hours
series of manuals for observing fixed-hour prayer: The Divine Hours –
Prayers for Summertime, The Divine Hours – Prayers for Autumn and
Wintertime, The Divine Hours – Prayers for Springtime, Eastertide -
Prayers for Lent Through Easter from The Divine Hours, and Christmastide
– Prayers for Advent through Epiphany from The Divine Hours (Doubleday);
The Night Offices from The Divine Hours and The Pocket Edition of The
Divine Hours (Oxford University Press); and This Is What I Pray Today –
The Divine Hours Prayers for Children (Dutton)

Tickle, who was with PUBLISHERS WEEKLY until her retirement in 2004,
began her career as a college teacher and, for almost ten years, served
as academic dean to the Memphis College of Art before entering full time
into writing and publishing. In September 1996 she received the Mays
Award, one of the book industry\'s most prestigious awards for lifetime
achievement in writing and publishing, and specifically in recognition
of her work in gaining mainstream media coverage of religion publishing.

In 2007 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Christy
Awards \"In gratitude for a lifetime as an advocate for fiction written
to the glory of God.\" In 2004, she received the honorary degree of
Doctor of Humane Letters from the Berkeley School of Divinity at Yale
University. In 2009 she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
from North Park University.

In 1955, Tickle had a Near-Death Experience which enhanced her
considerable ability to objectively observe the world around her and
also lead to the acquisition of Lawrence, a friendly ghost who helped
raise her seven children and provided help and inspiration to remember
that things unseen are just as real as those that are visible.

Tickle is a founding member of The Canterbury Roundtable, and serves
now, as she has in the past, on a number of advisory and corporate
boards. A lay eucharistic minister and lector in the Episcopal Church,
she is the mother of seven children and, with her physician-husband,
makes her home on a small farm in Lucy, Tennessee.

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