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Prayer Is a Place: America's Religious Landscape Observed [Hardcover]

By Phyllis Tickle (Author)
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A leading authority on religion and spirituality offers a first-person account of the religious leaders she has met and the trends she has observed.

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A leading authority on religion and spirituality in America recounts the changes she witnessed from 1992-2004, a period she compares to the tumultuous years of the Reformation and Peri-Reformation in Europe.
As the founding editor of the religion department of "Publishers Weekly," Phyllis Tickle was a key figure in bringing discussions about religion into the nation's cultural and intellectual mainstream. "Prayer Is a Place" is her insightful first-person account of the people she has met and the trends she has observed over twelve crucial years of change in American religion.
Tickle writes about her face-to-face meetings with such luminaries as the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Chief Mullah of Jerusalem; describes speeches and conferences that redefined traditional religions; and chronicles the birth of new approaches to religion and spirituality. The result is a fascinating overview of the reconfiguration of religion in America and its impact on our culture.
In charting the changes, passions and innovations that have occurred, Tickle remains a clear-eyed, unbiased and sympathetic observer. From her lively reminiscences of the 1003 Parliament of the World's Religions--a seminal gathering of Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists--to an intriguing look at the rise of Gnosticism in the country to a cogent analysis of the spirituality movements that swept through America during the last decades of the twentieth century, "Prayer Is a Place "reminds readers that reverence can be expressed in many different forms and in many different settings.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Prayer Is a Place: America's Religious Landscape Observed by Phyllis Tickle has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Booklist - 05/15/2005 page 1616
  • Ingram Advance - 06/01/2005 page 59
  • Library Journal - 05/15/2005 page 125
  • Publishers Weekly - 05/02/2005

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Doubleday Religion
Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.4" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.05"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 29, 2005
Publisher   Doubleday Religion
ISBN  0385504403  
ISBN13  9780385504409  

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More About Phyllis Tickle

Phyllis Tickle PHYLLIS TICKLE, founding editor of the Religion Department of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, the international journal of the book industry, is frequently quoted in print sources, electronic media, 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 Emergence Christianity-What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters, The Great Emergence, How Christianity is Changing and Why and The Words of Jesus, A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord. 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 began her career as a college teacher and, for almost six 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.

Tickle 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.

Phyllis Tickle currently resides in Lucy, in the state of Tennessee.

Phyllis Tickle has published or released items in the following series...
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  2. Stories from the Farm in Lucy

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America's Religious Landscape Observed  Feb 15, 2007
I had the pleasure and honor of hearing Ms. Tickle give a presentation to a small group here in Memphis. She won me over with her knowledge and grace, so I requested one of her books for Christmas. Much to my delight, I received Prayer is a Place.

For those who know Ms. Tickle through her meditational writing, this is a bit different. The book is autobiographical in nature, covering a period from 1992 through 2003. As religion editor for Publisher's Weekly, she was exposed to many of the trends that have rocked faith communities over the decade. She examines these trends and provides unexpected conclusions that leave the reader hopeful for the future. She is also frank in her journey, exposing hurt and fear that we all face in our daily lives. Her writing is truly about America's Religious Landscape Observed.

If you are interested in this religious and sociological subject, then this book is very highly recommended.
I just had to put it down ...  Apr 4, 2006
I just had to put it down ...

After it grabbed me, I had to break its hold so I could stop and contemplate what it said for a while before I could continue. It was much more than I expected.

I expected a handbook on prayer, but it was instead an autobiography on me. And you. And also -- the author. It was our story of faith through this part of the twentieth century into the new millennium. It was the remembering of all we have lived through together in the unconscious forgetting of daily life into the remembering of a storyteller recounting a shared adventure.

At first it was like a rich meal that I could only nibble. Then intrigued, I went back for ever more substantial and surprising feasts.

Here were all the confusing fragments I had struggled with and dropped in my life of blind labyrinthine faith now organized for me into an objective whole. Like a map from above to see where I had been.

All in a personal and very human story of the stuff of real life on this bizarre planet in this confusing time. A life of faith and questions through illness, death, love and loss. Of the wandering in the wilderness of faith to the knowing that God brings in his way, in his time.

But the author lied. A very big lie. She said she was no novelist. What is this book but a novel of the journey of shared lives and shared faiths in the greatest of adventures?

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