Barbara Brown Taylor


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Publications

Learning to Walk in the Dark (US: HarperOne, 2014; UK: Canterbury Press, 2014)
New York Times bestseller, Indie Next List pick, one of Publisher's Weekly five Best Religion Books for 2014

Do you sometimes feel as if the lights have gone off in your life, leaving you to find your way in the dark? Has it ever occurred to you that this might be just what the soul doctor ordered? In her new book, Barbara Brown Taylor decides not to believe everything she has been taught about the dark. Instead of turning away from it she heads into it instead, setting off on a year-long journey that takes her into dark caves, underground nightclubs, subterranean chapels, and unlit cabins in the woods on nights with no moons. Along the way she discovers a spirituality of darkness that provides a life-saving antidote to the full solar spirituality available in the marketplace. Chapters include “Hampered by Brilliance,” “The Dark Emotions,” and “Our Lady of the Underground.” Order it now from your nearest independent bookseller or click on one of the buttons below.

“Reading Barbara Brown Taylor’s writing stuns me, challenges me, and heals me, both with the beauty of her prose and the depth of her wisdom. A gift to every person who’s felt the darkness but not had the words to articulate it… A truly beautiful book.” (Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine)

“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)




An Altar in the World (US: HarperOne, 2009, HarperAudio, 2010; UK: Canterbury Press 2009)
New York Times bestseller, Library Journal starred review, 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."
--Scott Cairns
Author of Short Trip to the Edge: Where Earth Meets Heaven—A Pilgrimage


Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith (US: HarperSanFrancisco, 2006; UK: Canterbury Press, 2011)
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.

--Frederick Buechner
Author of Beyond Words

Home By Another Way (US: Cowley, 1999; UK: SPCK Publishing, 2011)
"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

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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