A little about those who created the book

Ian S Markham 

The Very Rev Ian S. Markham is the Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology and Ethics.  He has degrees from King's College London, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Exeter.  He has written and edited over twenty books.  He is a Priest Associate at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.  

"Sam and I had one goal in this book.  We wanted readers to see, feel, almost touch a gentle, life-transforming form of Christianity.  To get there, we wanted a book that can be read in one sitting, a book that has compelling art, and a book that invites you to see the world differently. 

For those who are curious about religion, we hope you will have a way in.  For those who are Anglican and Episcopalian, we hope you will have a sense of our worldview.  We live in a time when religion gets a very bad press - too often it is associated with violence, intolerance, and cruelty. 

In this book, we wanted to witness afresh to the beauty of Christianity and the way in which it can help us all to cope."


Samantha R E Gottlich

Samantha Gottlich is a student at Virginia Theological Seminary pursuing a Master in Divinity degree from the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. She has degrees from Baylor University and the University of Texas at Austin in a subsection of Kinesiology and comes from a background of teaching and coaching. She tries to integrate that life experience with theological learning and education.

"Ian and I were struck by the idea of trying to articulate the complicated and often confusing world of faith and the church in a way that offers simplicity, hope, focus, and the life-changing love that we have experienced in our own lives. It's a tricky and often painful world that surrounds us, and our hope is that our own worldview and faith can invite you into, and nurture, a time of reflection and joy. Life can be hard, but Christianity proclaims everlasting hope. We hope that this book can be an offering and model of the Love Project (spoiler! you'll have to read the book to know more) we so fully believe in."