Wendy Murray's 2004 profile of Phyllis Tickle

September 22, 2015

Phyllis Tickle died yesterday at 81. The writer, editor, and commentator on American religion was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer early this year.

In 2004, Wendy Murray wrote a profile of Tickle for the Century. Here's how it starts:

In 1987 Phyllis Tickle, then the religion editor at Publisher’s Weekly, foresaw a rising demand for religious books. Books, she wrote, were about to become “portable pastors.” Her prediction proved true.

Read it all.