An Altar in the World

An Altar in the World

A Geography of Faith

Book - 2009
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In her critically acclaimed Leaving Church ("a beautiful, absorbing memoir."--Dallas Morning News), Barbara Brown Taylor wrote about leaving full-time ministry to become a professor, a decision that stretched the boundaries of her faith. Now, in her stunning follow-up, An Altar in the World, she shares how she learned to encounter God beyond the walls of any church.

From simple practices such as walking, working, and getting lost to deep meditations on topics like prayer and pronouncing blessings, Taylor reveals concrete ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see. Something as ordinary as hanging clothes on a clothesline becomes an act of devotion if we pay attention to what we are doing and take time to attend to the sights, smells, and sounds around us. Making eye contact with the cashier at the grocery store becomes a moment of true human connection. Allowing yourself to get lost leads to new discoveries. Under Taylor's expert guidance, we come to question conventional distinctions between the sacred and the secular, learning that no physical act is too earthbound or too humble to become a path to the divine. As we incorporate these practices into our daily lives, we begin to discover altars everywhere we go, in nearly everything we do.

Publisher: [San Francisco, Calif.] : HarperOne, [2009]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780061370465
Branch Call Number: 283.092 T212A
Characteristics: xvii, 216 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 09, 2017

I would recommend this book to anyone with an open mind who is struggling with meaningful prayer. Illuminating, affirming and comforting.

Feb 21, 2011

easy to read because it is organized so well. great book!!

Jun 26, 2010

A lovely, lovely book - refreshing

Mar 24, 2010

An insightful look at practices to help us encounter God outside of church, ranging from fairly small simple practices to deep meditations


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