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Phyllis Tickle Hardcover – February 15, 2018
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It is entirely appropriate that Phyllis Tickle visionary, mystic, and obedient, orthodox Christian should be, in this masterful recounting of her life and work, at least as confusing as the Gospels. Phyllis, with her extravagantly unwarranted love and interest in virtually everyone she met; with her intimate suffering; with her adoring, frightened and frustrated friends, lived out in her specific female body the Incarnation. We are blessed to have had her among us, and blessed by Jon Sweeney s powerful book. --Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion
About the Author
Jon M. Sweeney is an independent scholar and one of religion s most respected writers. His recent books include The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation, which has been optioned by HBO, and The Enthusiast: When the Best Friend of Francis of Assisi Almost Destroyed What He Started. Jon also edited Phyllis Tickle: Essential Spiritual Writings, published just before Phyllis's death in 2015. He is the executive editor at Ave Maria Press in Notre Dame, IN, is married to Rabbi Michal Woll, has four kids, and lives in Milwaukee, WI. Jon and Phyllis were in active conversation with Church Publishing about co-authoring an early book in our Conversations series.
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Yes, Sweeney, a publisher, editor, and accomplished writer himself, brought personal familiarity to his task—something that often blinds a biographer. But the result is an unqualified success. Without hesitation, Sweeney wades into the perilous terrain of Phyllis’ complicated marriage to Sam, a noted pulmonologist and first-responder to the AIDS outbreak in the 1980’s. He tells us things nobody but Phyllis and Sam and perhaps a few close others who kept their counsel could have. He writes with the reverence, sympathy, and insight one would expect, but always unsentimentally. Biographers must needs assess and Sweeney does. His critique of her memoirs, Shaping of Life and Prayer is a Place is unflinching and convincing to one who loved the former, especially. You relax with Sweeney unobtrusively at the helm, and sink into the life of this person so many regarded as “electrifying” without having a clue why. It will become clear in these pages.
Close Tickle admirers (and they are legion) will experience, I’d wager, the delight of a biographer giving perfect words for an elusive quality, like “She saw her life as magical”—always preceded by evidence. As is the case in that instance, Sweeney has a knack for catching his subject out on thing or another (a mis-remembered event, a tendency toward exaggeration) only to lead us into a crystal-clear insight about the woman.
Do read it. You won’t be disappointed.
William S. Craddock, Jr.