From the New York Times best-selling author of An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark provides a way to find spirituality in those times when we don’t have all the answers.
Taylor has become increasingly uncomfortable with our tendency to associate all that is good with lightness and all that is evil and dangerous with darkness. Doesn’t God work in the nighttime as well? In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us "in the dark". She argues that we need to move away from our "solar spirituality" and ease our way into appreciating "lunar spirituality" (since, like the moon, our experience of the light waxes and wanes). Through darkness we find courage, we understand the world in new ways, and we feel God’s presence around us, guiding us through things seen and unseen. Often, it is while we are in the dark that we grow the most.
With her characteristic charm and literary wisdom, Taylor is our guide through a spirituality of the nighttime, teaching us how to find our footing in times of uncertainty and giving us strength and hope to face all of life’s challenging moments.
©2014 Barbara Brown Taylor (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
How the author compared many forms of darkness throughout the book: physical, spiritual, emotional.
I have always had a fear of the dark and after listening to this book I am much more open to darkness because it has it's place. Made me look at where that fear came from.
BBT illuminates the darkness with her hounest reflection and curiosity. she is able to help foster new perspectives on Faith, theology, and God's prsence. This book will help you to evaluate your fears and if you are willing, release you from a desperate attempt to hold on to belief that is no longer working for you. I love this book. I pray it can bless you as well.
Listening to the author reading this book gave it a depth that helped make the insights even more powerful. I have read most of Barbara Brown-Taylor's books listening has made not only the content but the experience remarkable.
Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. C.S. Lewis
I appreciate that Ms. Brown gained renewed faith from her journey, but I couldn't follow the story beyond "Light pollution is bad" and "the Bible always links 'darkness' with 'evil.'"
I agree with the former. I have no problem with the latter - I'm not into semantics games.
I think it was Ambrose Bierce who wrote "O children of the sunlight and gas lamp, you know not of half the world in which you live." Very true, and I think Ms. Brown was following that course of logic. Perhaps I expected too much.
I was introduced to Barbara Brown Taylor through the Oprah show. This book has a great message, and I love it that the author delivers it in her own, marvelously soothing and sincere voice. Like her, I, too, am discovering ways of relating to people, to the world, and to God that I almost completely missed in spite of trying ardently to live a life of faith throughout my adult years. This book can be a wonderful complement and supplement to the lives of those who are discovering that mere solar Christianity, while well intended, doesn't begin to give us the whole picture of what a spiritual life means.
My dream job would be reading for a living...
I loved this book. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I wanted more. This is the first book I've ready by Barbara Brown Taylor and I have to say, this gave life to the things I have been unable to articulate but feeling over the past couple of years. As a believer, this book resonated with me on so many levels. Mainly, in that there is most certainly a darker side (and by that I'm not referring to spiritual warfare) to the journey we take in endeavoring to draw close to God. Her summation about the solar centric church is dead on and one of the very things I have been wrestling with reconciling. I am so glad to have stumbled upon this gem. I recommend it for anyone whether religious, spiritual, or not because, if nothing else, it will definitely give you some great questions to consider.
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