“By thought we cannot know him, but only by love” (The Cloud of Unknowing) ….love’s fullnes is silent

Coming Soon:

A New eBook

‘Hold The Rope, Carry Your Cross: Christianity and the Ten Bull Pictures of Zen’

Pictures by Carlos Siqueira, text by Andrew McAlister

With a foreword by Laurence Freeman OSB

The Ten Bull (or Ox Herding) Pictures were created in China in the twelfth century as a guide for the Zen journey to enlightenment.

This ebook is for anyone with an interest in dialogue between Christianity and Zen Buddhism.

The ebook is for people who may not be familiar with the practical nature of Christian spirituality. The Bull Pictures are used as a way into this practicality. It is a practicality that is, like Zen, here and now.

The ebook is also intended as a brief introduction into what contemplative Christianity, meditation, and contemplation are, providing another entry point into this richness.

Planned release is now for February 2021. All the latest news about the book, including where and how to purchase it, will appear here on the Homepage and in this website’s blog. Have a look at the blog for a ‘sneak preview’ in the post An Ox-Herding Update.


Welcome to Lines From Inbetween. Ten years ago this site began as a blog. While the blog still runs, the writing has expanded into other projects. You can view blog posts via the blog page in the menu. Posting to the blog page will continue to happen once or twice a month. The last ten years of blogging can be explored in the Archivies and Categories. New projects are advertised here on the home page.


My name is Andrew McAlister. You will find a little more about me in the About section in the menu. If you would like to contact me, you can do so via email: linesfrominbetween@gmail.com