A spiral staircase at the Chateau d"Amboise in France, as seen on the cover of Answering the Contemplative Call.

A staircase at the Chateau d’Amboise in France, as seen on the cover of Answering the Contemplative Call.

Good morning, my friends. First of all, my apologies for leaving this blog mostly untended over the past eight weeks. It’s hard to believe it’s been (as of tomorrow) two months said my dad passed away, but it’s not so hard to acknowledge that my grief journey has been a bit deeper and more chaotic than I would have anticipated.

The first month or so after dad’s death, I poured most of my energy into the Winter Feast for the Soul series of recordings designed to encourage a daily contemplative practice (the recordings are archived online, so feel free to go check them out if you haven’t already done so). Lately I’ve been working on a paper I’m delivering at a conference in April, plus the lesson plans and outlines for several classes and retreats I’m doing this spring. So I’ve been a busy pup. My writing has perhaps suffered the most during my time of grieving, but I’m beginning to feel the tug to get back into it. Which means not only (hopefully) showing up at this blog more often, but also getting to work on the follow-up to Answering the Contemplative Call.

Speaking of Answering — here are a few links I should have published six weeks ago, but of course that was when I was in the midst of my grief and wasn’t writing much of anything. In early February Patheos featured Answering the Contemplative Call in their book club. In doing so, they published a few links I’d like to share with you — better late than never.

Hope you enjoy these. And thanks to Patheos for publishing them.

The book is available in both ebook and print editions. Here are links you can follow to get a copy:

Paperback: Amazon • Barnes & Noble
 Independent Bookstore (Online or Near You)
Ebook: Kindle Version • Nook Version • iBooks Version