John Herreid is catalog manager at Ignatius Press. In addition to catalogs and ads, he has also worked on the cover design for many Ignatius Press books and DVDs. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and four children.
Posts from this author at the Novel Thoughts blog.
October 23, 2018 5:05 pm 3 Comments
For the past several years, something called Inktober has become an annual October tradition for both amateur and professional artists and illustrators. It’s intended to get people back to drawing with plain old pen and paper rather than relying excessively on digital methods, and to reawaken creative impulses by giving… Read more »
Who Is My (Time Traveling) Neighbor?
June 21, 2018 10:41 am Leave a Comment
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,… Read more »
The Large Smallness of “The Far End of the Park”
May 31, 2018 12:41 pm Leave a Comment
Ray Bradbury is best remembered as a writer of fantasy and science fiction, whose stories often took huge ideas and grappled with them by inventing fantastic worlds and creatures. But he was also the master of the small and quiet, someone whose observation of human tics and traits served him… Read more »
We Cannot Remake Ourselves
November 17, 2017 4:17 pm Leave a Comment
I recently traveled to Minnesota to attend a good friend’s wedding. It was great to catch up with him and visit with others. I got to tour the wonderful Minneapolis Institute of Art with Catholic artist Timothy Jones, and also for the first time met with a cousin I hadn’t… Read more »
Taking a Leap
October 20, 2017 6:16 pm Leave a Comment
When I was a child I was extremely skinny—not much in the way of extra fat anywhere. It wasn’t something I noticed much about myself until I started going to swim class, and in the beginners’ lessons found that I really didn’t float easily like the teacher said I would…. Read more »
Fear of Women, Fear of Reality
September 29, 2017 1:39 pm 6 Comments
Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy, has died. Along with countless others, I am offering prayers for his soul. But apart from the man himself, one has to look at the legacy he left behind. It’s a curious and strange thing that Hefner managed to make an old, sad sin seem… Read more »
Ideological Destruction and Its Remedy
August 18, 2017 4:00 pm Leave a Comment
Over the last several months as political passions have ramped ever higher, despite seeming to peak last year during the election, I’ve ended up thinking again and again about a book I worked on, General Escobar’s War. It’s not about politics. Or ideology. It’s a book about how one man… Read more »
The Rolling Road to Sanity
August 4, 2017 3:27 pm 1 Comment
As part of the preparation for designing the book cover for a novel, I always read the manuscript first. An early pet peeve of mine when I was a child was getting a book out from the library based on an intriguing cover illustration and discovering that the content didn’t… Read more »
Fiction and murder most foul: A morbid topic for Catholics?
July 24, 2017 6:26 pm Leave a Comment
Detective fiction and mystery novels have a long pedigree in the Catholic world. This may seem strange: Catholic and Christian authors writing about murder and crime? What’s up with that? Yet when you look at the long list of detective fiction writers, you’ll find many prominent names among them: G.K…. Read more »
We Need Art
October 14, 2016 9:42 am Leave a Comment
A few months ago, gazing at a stream of political squabbling on my Facebook feed—some of it my own fault—I decided to do something different. Having recently been to one of the local art museums here in San Francisco, I decided that since most days I arrive early to work,… Read more »