Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith
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Barbara Brown Taylor describes in rich detail her lifelong love of God, and her struggles as she has exhausted herself trying to teach others as she moved through different parishes. Reflecting back on her 20-year career as an Episcopal priest, Taylor acknowledges that she is still a priest at heart, and outlines her strong sense of morals, motivations, and beliefs. She details how her own personal views on life and religion conflicted with that of the church majority, and how her love for God and zeal for her faith was able to keep her going through the rough patches in her life. Barbara Brown Taylor, softcover, 251 pages.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 0060872632
ISBN-13: 9780060872632

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“This beautiful book is rich with wit and humanness and honesty and loving detail….I cannot overstate how liberating and transforming I have found Leaving Church to be.” —Frederick Buechner, author of Beyond Words
“This is an astonishing book. . . . Taylor is a better writer than LaMott and a better theologian than Norris. In a word, she is the best there is.” —Living Church
Barbara Brown Taylor, once hailed as one of America’s most effective and beloved preachers, eloquently tells the moving and delightful story of her search to find an authentic way of being Christian—even when it meant giving up her pulpit.

Author Bio

Barbara Brown Taylor is the author of thirteen books, including the New York Times bestseller An Altar in the World and Leaving Church, which received an Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Taylor is the Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College, where she has taught since 1998. She lives on a working farm in rural northeast Georgia with her husband, Ed.

Editorial Reviews

“I cannot overstate how liberating and transforming I have found Leaving Church to be.”
“This memoir [...] is full of surprises[...] In her renewal is our own.”
“I love this book . . . . Her beautiful, absorbing memoir will bless countless readers...”
“Such is the power of Brown Taylor’s prose...and her humanity that this story becomes one of hope.”
“An Episcopal priest renowned for her eloquent sermons turns her talents to memoir...”
“Lovely . . . revealing . . . poignant. . . . I found in Taylor’s narrative a companionable voice...”
“A wonderfully gifted Christian writer and speaker.”
“This new memoir is among the summer’s best books...”
“Taylor is a better writer than LaMott and a better theologian than Norris. ...she is the best there is.”
“Taylor describes doubt, faith and vocation, their limits, and how the church both blesses and muddies the waters.”
“A fiercely honest and gracious book about our primary vocation to be human.”
Leaving Church is a canticle of praise to creator and creation.”
“A finely crafted memoir . . . a rich evocation of her lifelong love affair with God.”
“Told with insight, humor and compassion.”
“A beautifully crafted memoir . . . . There is a refreshing honesty . . . a slice of courage in a world that too often refuses to admit its vulnerability. . . . Leaving Church does not bash the church. It is a love story about letting go and learning to live with the mystery of what may happen next.”
“...Taylor at her best, writing about congregational moments with such artistic grace and wit that we see them afresh”
“Even without the collar, Barbara Brown Taylor is one of our most important spiritual writers today.”

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