Barbara Brown Taylor
An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith
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An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith Barbara Brown Taylor In the New York Times bestseller An Altar in the World, acclaimed author Barbara Brown Taylor continues her spiritual journey by building upon where she left off in Leaving Church With the honesty of Elizabeth Gilbert Eat, Pray, Love and the spiritual depth of Anne Lamott Grace, Eventually , Taylor shares how she learned to find God beyond the church walls by embracinIn the New York Times bestseller An Altar in the World, acclaimed author Barbara Brown Taylor continues her spiritual journey by building upon where she left off in Leaving Church With the honesty of Elizabeth Gilbert Eat, Pray, Love and the spiritual depth of Anne Lamott Grace, Eventually , Taylor shares how she learned to find God beyond the church walls by embracing the sacred as a natural part of everyday life In An Altar in the World, Taylor shows us how to discover altars everywhere we go and in nearly everything we do as we learn to live with purpose, pay attention, slow down, and revere the world we live in.. An Altar in the World A Geography of Faith In the New York Times bestseller An Altar in the World acclaimed author Barbara Brown Taylor continues her spiritual journey by building upon where she left off in Leaving Church With the honesty of
  • Title: An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith
  • Author: Barbara Brown Taylor
  • ISBN: 9780061370472
  • Page: 167
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    1. Kate says:

      I read this for a church book club, and while the book had some solid, even excellent, chapters, in other ways I found it flawed An Altar in the World is best suited for people who identify as spiritual, but not religious, and for those who are looking to expand their spirituality outside of their standard worship experience Taylor tends to dismiss out of hand what religion has to offer outside of a standard often boring weekly worship experience, so I would urge those who are working within a f [...]

    2. Susan Ideus says:

      I wondered how I had forgotten that the whole world is the House of God Who had persuaded me that God preferred four walls and a roof to wide open spaces When had I made the subtle switch myself, becoming convinced that church bodies and buildings were the safest and most reliable places to encounter the living God p 4, An Altar in the World Thus it is that Barbara Brown Taylor begins finding altars in the world as places where even the most reverent or the most jaded among us can encounter a li [...]

    3. Elizabeth Andrew says:

      Barbara Brown Taylor is our twenty first century Henri Nouwen I m immensely grateful for AN ALTAR IN THE WORLD, for its elegant, lively prose, yes, but mostly for its practical application of a big hearted faith In the prologue, Taylor writes, What is saving my life now is the conviction that there is no spiritual treasure to be found apart from the bodily experiences of human life on earth My life depends on engaging the most ordinary physical activities with the most exquisite attention I can [...]

    4. Henry Le Nav says:

      I am a sucker for any book that has the word geography in the title I enjoyed this book but ultimately it disappointed me It does a very good job of helping people with a crisis of church or religion Her lesson seems to be that one should be and do rather than think Taylor reminds us that we have a body and the body is Sacred She shows us many ways to express one s spirituality by stopping and smelling the roses, fully experiencing life, and performing service to others She states, correctly I b [...]

    5. katie says:

      It s been a long time since I devoured any book in just one day I was led to this one by nothing less than divine urging, when I was supposed to be reading another book I d been asked to check out in order to lead a discussion group about it I felt blocked about that one for some reason, couldn t make myself read it, and instead I obeyed the nudge to the bookshelf, got down An Altar in the World, read the introduction, underlined several things there haven t done that in a while either , read ch [...]

    6. Fiona says:

      This is a book about some of the different practices of worshiping and recognizing God in our lives The practices are 1 practice of waking up to God2 practice of paying attention3 practice of wearing skin4 practice of walking on the earth5 practice of encountering others6 practice of living with purpose7 practice of saying no8 practice of feeling pain9 practice of being present to God prayer and prayers which I read while taking shelter during the tornado warning 10 practice of pronouncing bless [...]

    7. Carol says:

      Barbara Brown Taylor s story of her journey of faith is so engrossing and easy to read She writes as though she s your best friend never preachy or religious just REAL The structure of her memoir is such that any part can be read at any time and it will make complete sense Beautiful writing that really spoke to me A definite must I just finished this amazing book and cannot recommend it highly enough A must read for anyone who enjoys excellent writing, incredible insights, and a joy of living.

    8. Mary says:

      I read this with my small group six women, including two widows in their 70 s 80 s and four empty nesters in their 50 s and 60 s over the last six weeks each week, the six of us would meet to discuss two chapters This is the second book we ve read together, so we knew a little about each other before we started The conversations we had over this book have made a deep and lasting impression on me As has this book It is beautifully written, with just the right mix of Taylor s own thoughts wow, thi [...]

    9. Allison Severson says:

      I put this book on my read shelf, though it could also be on my currently reading list, as I have read most of the chapters, albeit not in order I loved the chapter on pain and suffering which sounds strange , but I read it when I had been mildly ill for a few weeks Certainly put my illness in perspective, and she really articulated how we are awakened and called to when we re sick at least that s how I interpreted it having read it months ago now The book was a gift from a mentor and friend, an [...]

    10. Enchantressdebbicat ☮ says:

      Incredibly insightful This author speaks to my spirit and soul Full review to follow.

    11. Angela Kantola says:

      This is a beautiful book another one borrowed from the library, but which I want to purchase Brown discusses twelve spiritual practices, but as she says, each practice is an exercise in being human that requires a body as well as a soul From the introduction What is saving in my life now is the conviction that there is no spiritual treasure to be found apart from the bodily experiences of human life on earth My life depends on engaging the most ordinary physical activities with the most exquisit [...]

    12. Michael says:

      Marvelous book about the spirituality inherent in the everyday things of our lives The author writes with both beauty and insight about the holiness of things like paying attention, taking a walk, community, physical work, and practicing a personal Sabbath I was especially struck by her thoughts on sacraments She wrote, Regarded properly, anything can become a sacrament, by which I mean an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual connection In the Catholic Church, a sacrament is defin [...]

    13. Theresa says:

      The author is an Episcopal priest who is no longer in what we would term active ministry The entire premise of the book, subtitled A Geography of Faith, is that there are altars everywhere and we can constantly worship and minister wherever we are She does not discount the extreme value of communal worship, but she sees the sacred in the everyday Each chapter explores a different altar, such as getting lost, encountering others, walking, paying attention She spends time talking aboout the prayer [...]

    14. Marion says:

      I had this book on my to read list for it seems like forever I am so glad I finally sat down with it I thoroughly enjoyed the twelve different chapters on ways to enhance your spiritual experience grounded in everyday life These practices are very doable, even in the midst of a hectic, busy life You just need to pay attention to what is inside and around you The chapters can be read in order or at random You can skip around to see what speaks to you She asserts that all of life is holy and every [...]

    15. Ainsley says:

      Loved this book s focus on bodies how it s not accidental that we re born with them and on everyday embodied spiritual practices Five big stars for chapter eight, on the practices of saying no, of sabbath, of making space I will go back and read that again I find my soul drawn, again and again, to simplicity, to beauty, to connection, to mystery In Barbara Brown Taylor I found a friendly, funny, grounded spiritual guide who has great experience and insight on how embracing these human, sometimes [...]

    16. Katy says:

      What a beautiful book If you are a poet, if you are a lover of words, if you are a lover of all things beautiful and want to know how this works together with your faith, you should read this This is a book of doing, of spiritual practices like paying attention, wearing skin and getting lost Get ready, the paperback cover is going to be gorgeous, and you re going to want to buy this book for both the outside AND what s inside.

    17. Vannetta Chapman says:

      My pastor recommended this book for reading during Lent It was fabulous I m not much of a nonfiction reader, so when I say it s really good that s a huge compliment Taylor s approach is a bit unorthodox, but her general idea is that God can be found everywhere, not just within the walls of the church The book explores that concept I d love to read something else by here.

    18. Ron says:

      A reader following my blog, where I ve been posting about being a cancer patient, recommended Barbara Brown Taylor s books to me Ordained as an Episcopal priest, she was on the cover of the Easter issue of Time In the feature article about her, she made the unconventional argument that spirituality is fostered in darkness as well as light and I m thinking of the school motto of my alma mater In Thy Light shall we see Light.Familiar with the mood swings that arrived with cancer, the long sleeples [...]

    19. David says:

      There are a few authors who, when I read them, I feel invigorated about life Such authors make me want to be a Christian on days I am feeling cynical They are good for my soul I am thinking of people like Frederick Buechner, Henri Nouwen, Eugene Peterson and N.T Wright Now I can add another to that list, probably someone who I should have read long ago Barbara Brown Taylor.I bought her book, An Altar in the World, months ago when it was discounted on There it sat in my Kindle I would often notic [...]

    20. (Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw says:

      I went to kneel at Barbara Brown Taylor s many altars presented herein and was repeatedly thunderstruck by her simple profundities There was no way I could hurry through this book It demanded my undivided attention and I quickly realized that if I started highlighting passages, I would wear out many a marker Every chapter examines different forms of spiritual practices, from walking on the Earth including my favorite practice of walking labyrinths , to living with purpose,pronouncing blessings a [...]

    21. Stephanie says:

      As a realist who errs on the side of optimism, this was a perfect read BBT weaves through her poetic narrative with both hands open, receiving what the universe has to give while simultaneously blessing it for all that it is It was the exact book needed to balance Christian tradition with mysticism as I attempt to discover the whereabouts of my beliefs The first chapter that moved me was The Practice of Wearing Skin It was such an encouragement as I tried to connect with my own physicality My ot [...]

    22. Shawna says:

      This was, in many ways, a game changer for me Learning how to slow down, actually see what s around me, and realize that all of it is from God which makes it holy is difficult to do in my day to day And, yet Such simplicity, in the encouragement to practice being The recurring thought centered around the theme of matter matters to God This is a complicated statement because it is not a common belief in Western thought Here is a perfect example as BBT was discussing the idea of Benediction, she s [...]

    23. Denise says:

      When I read in my church newsletter that this book was chosen by one of the church s study groups, I thought it sounded interesting and decided to read it on my own as a Lenten activity The author describes ways that we can experience God in everyday activities From the book jacket Taylor reveals meaningful ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and seemething as ordinary as hanging clothes on a clothesline becomes an act of meditation if we pay attention to what we re dong and ta [...]

    24. Kit says:

      This is the first book by Barbara Brown Taylor that I ve read, so I can t compare it to Leaving Church Instead, I found myself comparing it to Kathleen Norris Cloister Walk While Norris writes personal memoir and reflections, the preacher in Barbara Brown Taylor comes out in this book and I end up hearing these chapters as sermons I think I was hoping for something denser for reading the chapters sometimes felt to me like they were repeating the same idea than necessary, but when you re preac [...]

    25. Jonelle says:

      Taylor, an Episcopal priest who now teaches at Piedmont College and Columbia Theological Seminary, has written an excellent, highly readable book on spirituality and pracitcal spiritual disciplines Some of the practices that she describes, such as walking meditation, pilgrimages, fasting, prayer, have long histories But, most of what she advocates are things that we do in everyday life.Taylor says that All of life is holy, and that every activity harbors and opportunity to meet God In short, the [...]

    26. Shannon says:

      While it took me a long time to read this book, that was due to life circumstances, not the quality of this book I ve heard of Barbara Brown Taylor, but An Altar in the World is the first book I ve read of hers I doubt it will be the last I loved her honesty, her thoughtfulness and her encouragement to consider these faith practices, but put them into action in whatever way suits our life best.Taylor says the book can be read in any order, but I read it straight through, taking sometimes long br [...]

    27. Liz says:

      A book about finding spirituality in our everyday lives I ve never been very religious or spiritual, but I like the approach this author takes The author is a former Episcopal priest who decided to leave the church organized religion As such, much of the source material she uses to illustrate her points are Bible stories At the same time, she draws from the traditions of many other non Christian major and minor religions to make her points as well In my understanding, her goal is to help her rea [...]

    28. Robin Shreeves says:

      Inspiring A reminder that God is in everything and every moment is a chance to experience him and everywhere there is a place to commune with him Taylor encourages readers to open up to the world, not shy from it and hide in church buildings, between the pages of the Bible and tiny communities of only like minded people because that limits what we can learn of God and what we can learn of ourselves Most importantly pay attention to the world, not just scripture When people want to know about go [...]

    29. Jordan Magnuson says:

      An Altar in the World is, in many ways, an unremarkable book it is quiet, it is humble, it spouts obvious truths Barbara Brown Taylor is not the first person to seek after an undivided life, a holistic spirituality, a Christianity which is concerned with Christ than with religion indeed, her own pages, which draw on sources ranging from Desert Fathers to Mystics to Quakers, testify to that fact we have long sought wholeness Yet despite all our postmodern striving towards unity, we still live in [...]

    30. Jennifer says:

      I am always needing to believe that God is bigger and wider and deeper and gracious and closer to me than I think that he is This book was the kind of book that helped me believe that It is also the kind of book that I wanted to be much longer than it was, and the kind that I want to buy for every person I know These are my favorite kind of books Taylor is able to begin with the everyday sometimes painful, sometimes mundane, usually busy tangible life and clearly articulate what she sees there [...]

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