Queries About the Book

Why Did You Write About Spirit and Soul?

We wrote the book for our readers and for ourselves. We hoped to buoy readers in their search for meaning and faith. But we also wrote it for ourselves because it was what we needed to do, even if we didn’t know it when we started. The process embarked us on individual journeys that have intertwined and diverged at various times over the last several decades. We have learned much from one another and from the personal search and reflection that were integral to our writing process.

Did You Consciously Choose Maria at the Outset As the Spiritual Guide?

Maria evolved as we wrote. She began as a nameless, white-bearded, hermitlike he. But our hermit didn’t seem to be up to the job—he ...

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