Ptolemy Tompkins

Ptolemy Tompkins is a former editor at Guideposts Magazine and the author of seven books. His writing has been featured in Beliefnet, Harper’s, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Best Spiritual Writing, and The Best American Spiritual Writing.

Books by this Author

Proof of God
Proof of Angels
The Map of Heaven
The Modern Book of the Dead

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I'll have to to go with Heraclitus' line: "Character is fate." Which doesn't mean that I think I have a particularly good character. I just think it's true.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Danny in The Shining.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. The psychologist Carl Jung said somewhere that at bottom, everyone's greatest fear is hell. Not the Christian hell, necessarily, but a place of ultimate darkness and negativity. A place that's DOWN, not UP. I think he was right. Well, he was right about me at least.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. I'm a fan of all the usual ones.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading.

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