JOHN D. SPALDING is the author of A Pilgrim's Digress: My Perilous, Fumbling Quest for the Celestial City
(Harmony Books; 2003), which Elle
magazine calls "a quirky, comic postmillennial trek through some of America's more exotic embodiments of faith." Spalding writes The Sick Soul column for Beliefnet.com
, and he has written for The Los Angeles Times, Maxim, The Week, The Christian Century, Books & Culture, Commonweal, KillingtheBuddha.com
and Science & Spirit,
among other publications. His writing is included in The Best Christian Writing 2004,
published by Jossey-Bass. A former magazine editor and book publishing professional, he has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's degree from Harvard Divinity School. He lives in Connecticut.