Phyllis Tickle,

founding editor of the Religion Department of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, the

international journal of the book industry, is frequently quoted in print


electronic media like PBS, NPR, THE HALLMARK CHANNEL, and innumerable blogs and

web sites. 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 over two dozen books in religion and spirituality, most recently

The Great Emergence, How Christianity is Changing and Why and The

Words of Jesus, A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord
. She is also the

author of the notable and popular The Divine Hours series of manuals for

observing fixed-hour prayer: The Divine Hours – Prayers for Summertime, The

Divine Hours – Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime, The Divine Hours – Prayers

for Springtime, Eastertide- Prayers for Lent Through Easter from The Divine

Hours, and Christmastide – Prayers for Advent through Epiphany from The Divine

(Doubleday); The Night Offices from The Divine Hours and The

Pocket Edition of The Divine Hours
(Oxford University Press); and This

Is What I Pray Today – The Divine Hours Prayers for Children

Tickle,who was with PUBLISHERS WEEKLY until her retirement in 2004,

began her

career as a college teacher and, for almost ten years, served as

academic dean

to the Memphis College of Art before entering full time into writing and


In September 1996 she received the Mays Award, one of the book

industry's most

prestigious awards for lifetime achievement in writing and publishing,


specifically in recognition of her work in gaining mainstream media

coverage of

religion publishing. In 2007 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award

from The

Christy Awards "In gratitude for a lifetime as an advocate for fiction


to the glory of God." In 2004, she received the honorary degree of

Doctor of

Humane Letters from the Berkeley School of Divinity at Yale University.

In 2009 she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from North

Park University.

Tickle is

a founding member of The Canterbury Roundtable, and serves now, as she has in

the past, on a number of advisory and corporate boards. 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.