Anne Lamott is a best-selling American novelist and non-fiction writer. She was the subject of Freida Lee's 1999 documentary Bird by Bird with Annie:A Film Portrait of Writer Annie Lamott. Her previous works include: Blue Shoe, Crooked Little Heart and Imperfect Birds.
Stephen Law was a school dropout who became a postman in Cambridge, then took a degree in philosophy at Oxford, becoming a Junior Research Fellow at the Queen's College. He now teaches philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He has published a number of books including THE PHILOSOPHY FILES, THE OUTER LIMITS and THE PHILOSOPHY GYM.
Stephen Law is Professor of Philosophy at London University and the author of The Philosophy Gym, The Philosophy Files, published in twelve languages, and the equally successful The Outer Limits
Stephen Law was a school dropout who became a postman in Cambridge, then took a degree in philosophy at Oxford, becoming a Junior Research Fellow at the Queen's College. He now teaches philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He has published a number of books including The Philosophy Files, The Outer Limits and The Philosophy Gym.
Brother Lawrence (c.1614-91) was a lay brother in a Carmelite monastery. He is best remembered for the simple, yet profound, insights into the spiritual life contained in THE PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
Liam Lawton is an award-winning, critically acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter and Roman Catholic priest, who was ordained in 1984. In 2004, Liam was discovered by record giants EMI, with whom he has since released numerous platinum-selling albums. Lawton's poetic lyrics are inspired by many sources including the ancient texts of Celtic Ireland, from which he also draws inspiration for his haunting melodies. His music has been used in many an auspicious occasions from the memorial services of 9/11 to concerts in such places as the Vatican, The White House and The Chicago Symphony Hall. Liam's choral music is used by choirs all over the English-speaking world and has been translated into Spanish, German and Swedish. The Hope Prayer is Liam's first book.
Justin Lee is the founder and executive director of The Gay Christian Network (GCN), a non-profit, interdenominational organisation working to increase dialogue between gays and Christians and support people on both sides wrestling with related issues. A passionate Christian from a conservative evangelical background, Justin thought he knew everything there was to know about the Christian approach to homosexuality - until unexpected events turned his world upside down and forced him to reconsider everything he believed. Today, his organisation works with individuals, families and churches to stop the debate from tearing people apart.
Nathalie Leone has been an actress, mask creator, puppeteer, and storyteller. Along with her career in the performing arts, she is the author of Souffle, a collection of poems, and several children's stories. She lives in France.
Dr Martin Lloyd-Jones was a qualified physician who, in 1927, left medical practice and became a church minister in South Wales. He then became Minister of Westminster Chapel, London, a position he held for thirty years until his retirement in 1968. His books include PREACHING AND PREACHERS and the GREAT DOCTRINES SERIES.
Born and raised in middle America, Joey Lott left university at the age of 19 to seek his fortune in California, where he became a software development prodigy in the dot-com world, overseeing the expansion into New England of the largest, privately-held advertising agency in the world. Becoming dissatisfied with the domineering and claustrophobic nature of corporate culture, he went on to set up his own consultancy which revolutionized the approach to the treatment of clients and employees alike. On a personal level, however, Joey had from an early age suffered from intense forms of anxiety. For decades he had lived with restrictive eating disorders, obsessions, compulsions and an inescapable sense of fear. Despite his attempts to find solace through psychedelic drugs, diet, philosophy, meditation and a variety of extreme practices and beliefs, by the age of 30 he was physically sick, emotionally volatile, and obsessed with keeping any and all unwanted thoughts and experiences at bay. By this point, he had given up his career and was living on a futon mattress in a tiny cabin in the woods, so sick that he could barely move. Too exhausted now to maintain his habitual forms of emotional self-defence, an insight awakened in him: he discovered that many hidden assumptions supported the sense of imprisonment that had so restricted his life. By investigating these assumptions and welcoming every experience that came his way, he began gradually to discover that in reality nothing was as he had imagined it to be. He discovered, in fact, that the true nature of life is unbounded and utterly free. In his own words: "The secret to happiness is to let go of everything - see through every assumption." Joey now lives with his family in New Mexico, USA.