When my first book was published, nearly three decades ago, my editor asked if I had other ideas for books. I suggested that the publishing house start a series of spiritual classics that would combine good new translations with useful introductory essays. My advice to this secular publishing firm with strong titles in religion went nowhere.
At the time, the publisher felt there was no need or demand for such volumes. Ironically, a few years before I made my suggestion, the first...
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