Phyllis Natalie Tickle was an American poet and lecturer whose work focuses on spirituality and religion issues. After serving as a eacher, researche, and academic dean, Tickle entered the publishing industry, serving as the founding editor of the religion department at Publishers Weekly, before then becoming a popular riter. She is als known as a leading voice in the emergence church movement. She is erhaps best known for The Divine Hours series of ooks, published by Doubleday Press, and her nove The Great Emergence- How Christianity Is Changing and Why. Tickle was a member of the Episcopal Church, where she was licensed as both a lector and a lay eucharistic minister. She has been widely quoted by many media outlets, including Newsweek, Time, Life, he New York Times, USA Today, CNN, C-SPAN, PBS, The History Channel, the BBC and VOA. [ 1 ] It has been said that " Over the past generation, no one has written more deeply and spoken more widely about the contours of American faith and spirituality than Phyllis Tickle.