GOOD ENGLISH IS GOOD BUSINESS
You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of
others what's burning inside you.
And we edit to let the
fire show through the smoke.
—Arthur Plotnik, editor and
author (b. 1937)
After the Bible, especially the books of Proverbs and
Hebrews, the works that have influenced and informed my
personal Christian path reflect a cross-section of
religious and spiritual thought: the four spiritual
laws, Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, The
Road Less Traveled, The Tao of Pooh, Celebration of
Discipline, Chop Wood Carry Water, The Shack, The
Physics of Genesis, The Spiritual Intelligence Handbook.
I have had the privilege of copyediting the
last two books. A sample of my communication with the
authors of these books is shown below, followed by their
For example, is the physical appearance of this
world expressive of reality or does it merely
reflect our expectations?
. Seen in the
light of quantum physics, Jesus’ statement about
moving mountains by the power of a transformed
perception is in some measure a scientifically
12. Dr. Colin Patterson, Senior Paleontologist,
British Museum of Natural History, London.
Transcript of discussion at the American Museum of
Natural History, New York City, November 5, 1981.
Don’t despair it is never too late to have a happy
marriage! George Pransky states, “A change of heart
heals a relationship.” A change of heart is a
natural cure for insecurity or the loss of a sense
of self. “If you have a physical dysfunction, it
takes time to recover. In contrast, relationship
dysfunction or conflict needs no healing time and is
always reversible. A change of heart occurs in an
instant.” (Divorce Is Not The Answer, pg. viii, TAB
Don’t despair, it is never too
late to have a happy marriage! George Pransky
states, “A change of heart heals a relationship.” A
change of heart is a natural cure for insecurity or
the loss of a sense of self. “If you have a physical
dysfunction, it takes time to recover. In contrast,
relationship dysfunction or conflict needs no
healing time and is always reversible. A change of
heart occurs in an instant” (Divorce Is Not the
Answer: A Change of Heart Will Save Your Marriage,
viii, TAB Books,
The Web shows not 1992
but 1990 for TAB Books. I’ve inserted the full
In Acknowledgments to the fourth printing of The
Spiritual Intelligence Handbook,
Finally I would like to thank Janis Holmberg for her
editing of this third edition. She unselfishly gave of
her time and talents to make this copy readable. You can
find her on her website
ever find yourself in need of a great editor.
Fr. Paul Edwards
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
In his 2008 Forward to The Physics of Genesis,
the author wrote, “I want to express my personal thanks
to Jan Holmberg, an extraordinary editor, whose
telephone call, out of the blue and at the right time,
set my dormant manuscript on the journey toward
publication and whose editorial work improved the text
letter of recommendation written in 2007, Rev. Thompson
is a highly intelligent, self motivated, reliable, and
well organized person. She brings to her work attention
to detail combined with imagination and creativity. This
combination of gifts means that work she undertakes gets
done and gets done very well. I have always found her
easy to work with, friendly, accessible, and flexible.
At the same time, she insists on high standards in every
task she pursues.
My faith is Jan is reflected in the fact that when I
needed an editor for a book that is a very important
project for me personally, [The Physics of Genesis]
I specifically sought her out. There simply was no one
else to whom I would entrust the completion of an
endeavor that for me is the labor of decades. My trust
has been rewarded.
Rev. Jim Thompson, MDiv
The Physics of Genesis
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