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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

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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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Loved this book!

Would you consider the audio edition of Learning to Walk in the Dark to be better than the print version?

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What was one of the most memorable moments of Learning to Walk in the Dark?

How the author compared many forms of darkness throughout the book: physical, spiritual, emotional.

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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.

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the blessing of letting go

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.

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So good...

This book is full of profound thinking and beautiful writing. What more could you want?

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Amazing

Hearing the story in the authors own words was especially poignant. I loved her idea of aThe moon garden . Her ability to paint pictures with her words is like watching a movie or experiencing the cave or the moon rise with the author

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Life Giving Journey

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.

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beauty in dark

"The Moon is a truer mirror of my soul"
Loved it everything about it. I couldn't stop listening to it. Insightful.

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Interesting perception

Will need to listen to again. Interesting perception. Open to explore some of her ideas. Also will get a book by another author recommended by her at end of book.

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Encouraged something that gas been growing in me

I read this book in paperback five years ago and liked it then but, as I was still teaching at a university and growing through the pain of loss in terms of physical disabilities that cost me my husband of 24 years, I didn’t have time to really soak in the author’s stunning depth. Brown-Taylor was known for her exceptional preaching until she left the Episcopal Church. Her performance of this book was so clear and moving to me that I couldn’t stop listening. Images came to life so vividly that they stay in my mind. Her openness to Buddhism was similar to my spiritual journey at the time. I highly recommend it for those who find the church driving them further from God.

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Peacefully Profound

Aa a self proclaimed hater of the dark I was expecting a challenge or pep talk about it’s value or how to indure. Instead with Fabulous word pictures sounds and even fragrences she enticed me to linger, be curious and question. Listening to the author is to experience darkness gently and deeply, without our preconceived notions. Oh I feel so nourished and yet hungry for more.

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Inspired

Spoke volumes & a fresh look on faith, and trusting God deeper described through great stories. I need to buy the book now! Thank you Barbara. Thoroughly enjoyed it & will recommend to everyone .