COMING SOON: The Way
Aug 06, 2022 by Larry Jordan
I just completed a 44,000-word manuscript called "The Way: Meaningful Spirituality for a Modern World."
Religion and Spirituality
Mar 23, 2023 by Larry Jordan
For purposes of this post, "religion" is a specific set of organized beliefs and practices, usually shared by a community or group, and "spirituality" is more of an individual practice, involving a search for connection, peace, and purpose. (Of course, these definitions are not mutually-exclusive.)
Mar 11, 2023 by Larry Jordan
Soul Doubt, an engaging, hoppy IPA, is my favorite beer at my favorite brewery. It might also be the label for some of the most engaging, hoppy conversations that I have had since I wrote a book about God and the Universe.
Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence
Mar 01, 2023 by Larry Jordan
Last week, I asked ChatGPT, an artifical intelligence (AI) app, to write a New York Times review of "The Way." Of course, the book is not available online, in bookstores, or in libraries, so the review was based solely on my author website and social media presence.
Love: Attraction, Impersonality, Unconditionality, and Witness
Feb 13, 2023 by Larry Jordan
A few years ago, I read a book that suggested that the Universe is governed by attraction. In the physical world, we call it "gravity," and in the metaphysical world, we call it "love."
Some Thoughts about Aging
Jan 31, 2023 by Larry Jordan
I will celebrate my 65th birthday in a few months, and my age is starting to show.
Jan 18, 2023 by Larry Jordan
Religion is cultural, and every culture develops a worldview that contains assumptions about the Universe and the individual. In the Western worldview, the focus is on the individual, so God is personal, individuals are persons, and persons have selves and souls and free will.
False Choices and Leading Questions
Jan 06, 2023 by Larry Jordan
Recently, I was on a call with Jim Palmer, an interfaith spiritual director who promotes a non-religious spirituality. When he was asked, "Do you believe in God," Jim gave a nuanced response, suggesting that simplistic questions can present false choices.
Dec 21, 2022 by Larry Jordan
Today is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the beginning of winter and the longest night of the year.
Zen Practice: Sesshin (silent retreat)
Dec 12, 2022 by Larry Jordan
We just returned from a week-long sesshin, consisting of six- to eight-hours a day of zazen (seated meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation) interspersed with chanting, chores, and tea ceremonies, as well as dokusan (private meetings) and teisho (public talks) with a Zen teacher.
What is Your Spiritual Practice?
Dec 03, 2022 by Larry Jordan
After I sent my manuscript to several spiritual writers, I heard back from a progressive Christian author with 350,000 Facebook followers, who wants to endorse the book. "What is your spiritual practice?" he asked me.
Questions are Being Answered
Nov 16, 2022 by Larry Jordan
I am beginning to query agents, in hopes of finding someone to represent me and my book to the big publishers. It is common to query 100 agents and receive 99 rejections. (You only need one offer.)
"He's a Writer Now..."
Nov 12, 2022 by Larry Jordan
I spent 25 years in the investment banking business, and people sometimes ask me about the economy. At breakfast with friends, someone asked me about the economy, and I answered with an awkward silence. My friend bailed me out. "He's a writer now. He's not a banker anymore."
A Life for a Life
Nov 05, 2022 by Larry Jordan
Last month, I spent a week on a jury in a criminal trial. The charge was murder, and the jury rendered a guilty verdict and a life sentence.
"You Might be Right..."
Oct 30, 2022 by Larry Jordan
For my first author talk in Crestone, I prepared a bunch of notes and printed out a bunch of excerpts, but I spoke off the cuff, anyway. One theme that emerged from the talk was "You might be right..."
Video of Author Talk: Crestone, CO 09/16/22
Oct 27, 2022 by Larry Jordan
Here is a video of my author talk at the Baca Grande Library in Crestone, Colorado on September 16, 2022.
Publishing Part V: "How is Your Book Doing?"
Oct 13, 2022 by Larry Jordan
When people ask me how my book is doing, the honest answer is "Very well, considering that it's not yet available in bookstores or libraries or online." So far, I printed up some proofs, I sold some at author talks and book clubs, and I sent some to a few influencers.
Publishing Part IV: "How Do You Find a Publisher?"
Sep 09, 2022 by Larry Jordan
I will be spending the next year or so trying to find a publisher, which means that I will be spending the next few months trying to find an agent. The process is energizing, but it can be frustrating, especially for creative people who are not business-oriented.
Publishing Part III: "How Do You Write a Book?"
Sep 03, 2022 by Larry Jordan
When people ask me "How do you write a book?" I can only speak from my own experience, realizing that my way is certainly not the only way and probably not the best way to write a book (and that I have only written one book!)
Publishing Part II: "Is Your Book a Christian Book?"
Aug 26, 2022 by Larry Jordan
I attended a conference for "spiritual writers" (which was really a conference for Christian writers) and a Christian publisher asked me, "Is your book a Christian book? Does it bring people to Jesus?"