Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith


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Barbara Brown Taylor is one of America's most renowned and beloved spiritual writers and author of 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 ...

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Dana C

Mar 9, 2012

Tried It and Left

Author's experience with organized church. She graphically expresses her disillusionment with "official" Christianity, and her growth in relationship with God.


Oct 27, 2011

Good but not her best.

I enjoy Barbara Brown Taylor, have read other her books and heard her speak. While I enjoyed this book, I have to say it was not her best. It should have been titled, "Anatomy of a Burned-Out Pastor". Taylor's problem is a familiar one among clergy - self-care and boundaries. No one every survives in pastoral ministry without these two things or serves his or her people well.
I was left wondering whether Taylor is not called to do what she and others like Frederick Buechner (who never served a parish) do best - WRITE! That she does very well, which is why I still recommend this book, despite its flaws.


Jul 15, 2010

going into the world

Leaving the Church is an honest look at how maturity leads to questions which lead to tough answers which lead to mature decisions about faith, God and belief.

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