Barbara Brown Taylor is one of America's most renowned and beloved spiritual writers who made her UK debut in 2009 with the acclaimed An Altar in the World. Here she reflects on keeping faith and the relentless demands that characterise life for so many today. In this moving and memorable book she writes of her life and work as a priest and the burden of being one of the most celebrated preachers in America. She recalls with grace and wit what led her to priestly ministry, the privilege of exploring the mysteries of God with others, her growing fame, the crisis it provoked and the unexpected blessings that followed. Having been part of a team in a large urban church for ten years, she sought a parish of her own and it was love at first sight when she was invited to view a small rural parish in Georgia. Little did she imagine that here Jesus's words about losing one's life in order to find it would have such impact. She tells of the rapid growth of the church, the crowds who travelled miles to hear her preach, the tensions that arose - and the call to lay it all aside in order to rediscover the authentic heart of her faith.
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'Coming from one of the best-loved preachers of our day, her words about ministry and faith will carry great weight, and they should.' --Christian Century
'I love this book. [It] will bless countless readers, helping us see God in the church, and out in the world, and in the small interstices in between.' --Lauren Winner, author of Mudhouse Sabbath
Barbara Brown Taylor is a priest in the Episcopal church and the author of twelve books which have been showered with awards. She is on the Board of Advisors of Yale Divinity School
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