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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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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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So good...

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

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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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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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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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  • CJ
  • 06-29-17

The light Side of Dark

An interesting and unique look at the dark side.
Enjoyed the narration and perspective and knowledge.

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  • PA
  • 04-19-17

Darkness can be light

While listening to this book I find myself with a yearning for the dark. Not as punishment rather to clarify the light.
I even told my 3 3/4 yr old grandson not to fear the dark.
Thank you for the journey into and through the darkness.

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  • Doug
  • Elizabethtown, IN, United States
  • 12-23-16

A Path to Nowhere

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.

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Discovering the gifts of darkeness

Beautifully written. Lovingly read. Deeply moving and provoking. You don't want to miss a word.

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Hidden Wisdom

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.