Books and Essays
An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith (HarperOne 2009 and HarperAudio 2010)
New York Times Bestseller, Silver Nautilus Award Winner, Rodda Book Award Winner
"With calm confidence and hard won humility, Barbara Brown Taylor continues to serve our recovery of a whole faith, a performed faith, a lifesaving and lifegiving faith. With a delightfully deft touch, she replaces a wide array of false dichotomies with true coherencies. The heart of her matter—and of ours—is finally a recovery of genuine prayer, the prayer of a heart awakened to God’s Presence—here, and now, and ever."
Author of Short Trip to the Edge: Where Earth Meets Heaven—A Pilgrimage
Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality, ed. Wendy Reed and Jennifer Horne (University of Alabama Press, 2012)
Circling Faith is a collection of essays by southern women that encompasses spirituality and the experience of winding through the religiously charged environment of the American South. Essays by Mary Karr, Alice Walker, Barbara Brown Taylor and others.
Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith (HarperSanFrancisco, 2006)
Georgia Author of the Year 2006, Theologos Best General Interest Book 2006
"This beautiful book is rich with wit and humanness and honesty and loving detail. It is a book about the wonderful mess of being alive in this world, and about the wonderful and terrible things that happen to us in it, and about the dream of God. It is a book whose author states that she has 'learned to prize holy ignorance more highly than religious certainty,' and because she writes so enchantingly out of her own deep truth, she helps us to get back in touch with ours. I cannot overstate how liberating and transforming I have found Leaving Church to be.
Author of Beyond Words
Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008), edited by David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor
Theologos Best Book of the Year 2009
This new series offers pastors focused resources for sermon preparation, written by companions on the way. Authors come from a wide variety of disciplines and religious traditions. They teach in colleges and seminaries. They lead congregations. They write scholarly books as well as columns for their local newspapers. With sixteen essays on each Sunday of the church year, every volume provides preachers with rich exegetical, theological, pastoral, and homiletical resources for bringing God's word to life.
Home By Another Way (Cowley, 1999)
"Sermons have been thought of as an art form for a very long time, but rarely have they been pure storytelling. Stories have embellished sermons for a variety of reasons and in this way have served to edify, inform, and inspire. Professor/priest Barbara Brown Taylor has elevated the pure story form and given it a new place in the pulpit. And she does it with the skills required of storytellers. ...One would hope that this book will start a revolution in homiletics."
--Christianity and the Arts
When God Is Silent
(Cowley Publications, 1998)
"This book should not be left to preachers alone; it is a handbook for those who hear the whisper of God and want to listen. It is a book about the fragility of our words and the depth of God's silence – and it is ultimately a book about the music that results from the crashing of our words against that silence of God to carry on its very failure some of the song of God's own music."