About Adam

Hello and welcome to my website! Thanks for reading.

I'm Adam McHugh and I am the the author of The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction and Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture. I'm a writer, spiritual director, speaker, retreat leader, ordained minister, and most recently, a sommelier and wine tour guide.

What gets me up in the morning are the thoughts that I need to write down, and a lot of Peets coffee. I have been published in The Christian Century, The Washington Post, Quiet Revolution, The Huffington Post, Leadership Journal, Relevant Magazine, Psychology Today, and Conversations Journal, among other publications and websites. I am featured in Susan Cain's bestseller Quiet, but they cut the centerfold photos at the last minute. Rumor has it I'm one of the few to write a guest post for Ann Voskamp's A Holy Experience blog. And I'm definitely the most sarcastic. I've been quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, and Psychology Today. I even served as a guest chaplain in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 28th, 2012, which meant I prayed from the State of the Union podium while giving hand signals to my college buddies back home watching on CSPAN. Because I have the sort of friends who watch CSPAN. One time Metallica told me that I rock.

I grew up in Seattle and very much miss the rain and the homicidal despair of the winter. For 10 years I lived in Claremont, California, which is truly my spiritual home, but I am now trying out life, for the second time, in Santa Barbara wine country.  I worked as Tasting Room Manager for the Au Bon Climat winery for 2 years, and now I am a wine tour guide for Santa Barbara Coastal Concierge. I have degrees from Claremont McKenna College and Princeton Seminary. I also received my spiritual direction certification through the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

When I'm not writing or teaching people about wine, I love to cook, read Steinbeck and Dickens, take long introspective walks, listen to Miles and Coltrane, discover new wines, play golf, and thoughtfully stare off into space. I'm still trying to discover what makes for the "good life," but I have a suspicion it involves following Jesus to the bitter end.