More About the Author
Jon M. Sweeney is an independent scholar and writer of popular history. He lives in Evanston, Illinois and Vermont, is married, and the father of three children. He writes and reflects on religion and culture in books, articles, reviews, blogs, and on television, and he works in book publishing.
Jon was the cofounder and editor-in-chief of SkyLight Paths Publishing in Vermont for many years. Since 2004 he has been the editor in chief at Paraclete Press.
In early 2013, as the author of The Pope Who Quit, Jon was interviewed on CBS News in Chicago, WGN-TV, Fox News, and WTTW's "Chicago Tonight." He also appeared on CBS Sunday Morning to talk about St. Patrick on March 17, 2013.
His spiritual and religious life continues to evolve, and much of Jon's writing is about this. His first 20 years were spent as an involved evangelical (a story he told in the memoir Born Again and Again); he then spent 22 years as an active Episcopalian (see Almost Catholic, among others); and in the fall of 2009 he was received into the Catholic Church. Today, he is a Catholic (of a more monastic variety), but his most regular spiritual practice is Jewish, as he prays regularly with his wife, a rabbi, and they keep a Jewish home (see the forthcoming Mixed-Up Love).
Sweeney says that he loves the church, the synagogue, and other aspects of organized religion and wants to see these organisms survive (he loves religion; he's not just spiritual), but he also is not interested in doing things to simply prop up falling institutions. In all of his writing, Jon is drawn to the ancient and medieval (see The Road to Assisi, and The Pope Who Quit, which was recently optioned by HBO, Inc.). Many of Jon's books have been selections of History Book Club, Book-of-the-Month Club, and Quality Paperback Book Club.