Prayer Is a Place
Prayer Is a Place
America's Religious Landscape Observed
Doubleday Books, Hardcover, 9780385504409, 338pp.
Publication Date: June 21, 2005
As the founding editor of the religion department of Publishers Weekly, Phyllis Tickle was a key figure in bringing discussions about religion into the nation's cultural and intellectual mainstream. Prayer Is a Place is her insightful first-person account of the people she has met and the trends she has observed over twelve crucial years of change in American religion.
Tickle writes about her face-to-face meetings with such luminaries as the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Chief Mullah of Jerusalem; describes speeches and conferences that redefined traditional religions; and chronicles the birth of new approaches to religion and spirituality. The result is a fascinating overview of the reconfiguration of religion in America and its impact on our culture.
In charting the changes, passions and innovations that have occurred, Tickle remains a clear-eyed, unbiased and sympathetic observer. From her lively reminiscences of the 1003 Parliament of the World's Religions a seminal gathering of Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists to an intriguing look at the rise of Gnosticism in the country to a cogent analysis of the spirituality movements that swept through America during the last decades of the twentieth century, Prayer Is a Place reminds readers that reverence can be expressed in many different forms and in many different settings.
Advance Praise for Prayer Is a Place
“I can think of no better guide through the changing religious landscape—“messy and highly flammable”—than Phyllis Tickle . . . . She manages to make her description of the raucous parade of contemporary American religion into a journey of gracious personal freedom where mercy and inclusion push the reader into prayer and amazement. This book is a wake-up call to embrace a generous view of religion and, above all, it provides a much needed antidote to religion’s exclusive and violent manifestations.”
—Alan Jones, Dean of Grace Cathedral San Francisco
Author of Reimagining Christianity