Phyllis Tickle

Phyllis Tickle

Phyllis Tickle is founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly, the international journal of the book industry. She is frequently quoted in sources like USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, as well as in electronic media like PBS, NPR, The Hallmark Channel, etc., 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 more than two dozen books in religion and spirituality, most notably the Divine Hours series of manuals for observing fixed-hour prayer.

In September 1996, Tickle 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 2004, she received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the Berkeley School of Divinity at Yale University, also in recognition of her work. 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."

Tickle is currently a Senior Fellow of Cathedral College of the Washington National Cathedral. 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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Selected Bibliography:
The Words of Jesus: A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord with Reflections by Phyllis Tickle
This is What I Pray Today: Divine Hours Prayers for Children

The Divine Hours™ Pocket Edition
The Divine Hours™: Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime
The Night Offices: Prayers for the Hours from Sunset to Sunrise
The Divine Hours™: Prayers for Springtime
The Shaping of a Life: A Spiritual Landscape

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First Sundays

Articles by this Author

Waiting for The Epiphany

October: A Month for Rest and Silence

The Purest Kind of Forgiveness

Slipping into the Mystery this Advent

Introduction to The Divine Hours

The Witch of Endor

Age-Old Questions for a New Year

The Play's the Thing

Sex, Prayer and How on Earth These Two Fit Together

The Blessing of Waking and Sleeping

Symbols and Conventions Used in the Prayers

A Chance for Change

First Sundays: An Introduction

The Blessedness in Beauty

The Holy Place Between Myth and Theology

A Conversation about Emergence

Emergence Christianity

A Few Good Books That Will Change Your Life

On Poetry and Patriots

How Christianity is Changing and Why

A Brief History of Fixed-Hour Prayer

Tips for Reading the Handwriting on the Wall

The Emergence Upon Us

Thoughts on Travel and Trees

Notes to Help You Use the Prayers

Beer and Bible