Magazine article The Christian Century

Phyllis Tickle

Magazine article The Christian Century

Phyllis Tickle

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* Phyllis Tickle, a best-selling author on American faith and spirituality, died September 22 under hospice care at her farm in Lucy, Tennessee. She was 81.

In May Tickle had announced that she had stage IV lung cancer.

Tickle began to achieve prominence when she was recruited by Publishers Weekly in the early 1990s to start its religion division. Then her first big book, Rediscovering the Sacred: Spirituality in America, came out in 1995, followed two years later by God-Talk in America.

"She taught me that talent in young people must be nurtured," wrote Jana Riess, an author and columnist who worked with Tickle at Publishers Weekly. "There must be hundreds of us Tickle protegees out there."

In 2008, with The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why, she probed how a new and vibrant Christianity is recovering elements of the past and carrying them into the future.

In a 2004 profile in the Christian Century,1Tickle told Wendy Murray about growing up in Johnson City, Tennessee, with her father wanting her to follow in his footsteps as a college professor.

In the 1950s she taught high-school Latin and English, and in the 1960s she taught in higher education and served as dean of humanities at the Memphis College of Art. …

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