Barbara Brown Taylor

When God Is Silent

Excerpt

"Silence has become God’s final defense against our idolatry. By limiting our speech, God gets some relief from our descriptive assaults. By hiding inside a veil of glory, God deflects our attempts at control by withdrawing into silence, knowing that nothing gets to us like the failure of our speech. When we run out of words, then and perhaps only then can God be God. When we have eaten our own words until we are sick of them, when nothing we can tell ourselves makes a dent in our hunger, when we are prepared to surrender the very Word that brought us into being in hopes of hearing it spoken again--then, at last, we are ready to worship God.

This is my reading of our situation at the end of the twentieth century. Our language is broken. There is famine in the land. Gods’ true name can never be spoken. What is a preacher to do?"

Selected Works

Nonfiction
New York Times bestseller “Eyes wide open, Barbara Brown Taylor has written a precise and evocative field guide to the dark. Exploring the complex and generative terrain of twilight and absence on her own terms, she generously includes us on her journeys, and encourages us to make our own.” (Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Lovingkindness)
“Sermons wonderfully intelligent, moving and direct.”
--Annie Dillard
The 1997 Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale
Memoir
New York Times bestseller "This is the most completely beautiful book in religion that I have read in a very long time."
--Phyllis Tickle
Georgia Author of the Year "I love this book. Her beautiful, absorbing memoir will bless countless readers, helping us to see God in the church, and out in the world, and in the small interstices in between."
--Lauren Winner

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