Why does a book need an executive producer?

Today I held in my hands an advance copy of a book for which I was executive producer. It was a proud moment: the cover was eye-catching and beautifully designed, on the back cover was a glowing endorsement from a prominent business leader, the pages were typeset in...
Suffering – who needs it?

Suffering – who needs it?

Tired of hearing that worn-out phrase, ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’? Like most cliches, there’s a kernel of truth inside the battered casing. Hermit priest, writer and retreat leader Cynthia Bourgeault explores the idea in a most...
Three bites of soul food

Three bites of soul food

A proverb to ponder For the birds that cannot soar, God has provided low branches. — Turkish proverb   A quotation to inspire Let me recognise in other men and women, my God, the radiance of your own face. — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin   A blessing  ?When there is no...
Cracking the code of the reluctant reader

Cracking the code of the reluctant reader

I’ve been infatuated with reading ever since I can remember. Not always fine literature: I had a drawer full of Phantom comics when I was about seven, which I would pore over by torchlight after lights out. Not long after that I discovered a book of Greek and Roman...
Wine no more

Wine no more

My days have had a particular cycle over the past few weeks. I wake up thinking I needn’t (and maybe shouldn’t) have had those few glasses of wine the night before. Resolve not to do it tonight. Stay resolved through to 3pm, when I think a glass of wine...