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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 testimonials.

Author’s Text

Editor’s Comment

For example, is the physical appearance of this world expressive of reality or does it merely reflect our expectations? Comment 1. .  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 credible proposal. Comment 2

Comment 1 False disjunction? Are there only two ways to interpret the physical appearance of the world?

Comment 2 With the implication that the mountains will actually move?

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.

Where is the transcript housed/available (online?) so that someone can find and read it? Can you give date accessed and URL? For this note CMS format is _Colin Patterson, Ph.D., Unpublished transcript of keynote speech at the American Museum of Natural History, (New York City: November 1981)._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 Books, 1992)

 

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, 1990). Comment: The Web shows not 1992 but 1990 for TAB Books. I’ve inserted the full title.

Testimonials:

June, 2009

In Acknowledgments to the fourth printing of The Spiritual Intelligence Handbook, http://www.emmanuelfullerton.org/fr_paul/si.htm the author wrote:

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 www.persuasivepen.com  if you ever find yourself in need of a great editor.

Fr. Paul Edwards
Rector Emeritus
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Fullerton, California


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 beyond description.”

In a letter of recommendation written in 2007, Rev. Thompson stated, “Jan 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

www.physicsofgenesis.com

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