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Publisher's Summary

In her critically-acclaimed Leaving Church ("a beautiful, absorbing memoir," said the 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.

©2010 Barbara Brown Taylor (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Debra
  • 09-04-2012

A Must Listen/Read!

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Will listen over and over again!

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Love her voice, her humanity and connection to the reader.

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  • JO-ANNE
  • 19-11-2011

OUTSTANDING - SPIRITUAL RENEWAL

Barbara Brown Taylor walk with her readers in renewing their spiritual journeys. It is a book you can listen to over and over again.

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  • Evert
  • 19-07-2013

Sorry Audible.

Five minutes into this book I realized I couldn't listen to it. Sorry Audible, for me, I had to stop the recording and run out and buy the physical book. This book is one to savor, to linger over and contemplate, to write notes in the margins. But for those who can absorb the profound through just listening, this would be a great use of a credit!

I have no regrets having the book in both formats for now that I’ve read the paper version, I can now go back and listen to it on my iPod and learn even more.

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  • Jenna Wattenbarger
  • 05-03-2015

Vulnerable, honest, dark, loving, kind.

Brown doesn't tell you the truth. She takes you through her grappling with the questions. Anyone who's questioned the Bible because of its chauvinist, violent, dogmatic, or otherwise inaccessible qualities will do well to read this book.

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  • Mommy of two
  • 16-08-2018

A gift...

Beautifully written and a gift to behold. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. It resonated deeply.

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  • Joy Kleinhardt
  • 11-08-2018

I need this every day!

This book felt like a wise and loving friend, speaking wanted and needed truths with honesty and humility.

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  • Megan Mavy
  • 23-08-2017

Uplifting and beautiful

Loved the book and the narration. Starting again from page one. I'll probably read this every few months, now.

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  • Tom Farrow
  • 18-07-2017

The X beneath my feet

This book is a return to all the things that matter. Thank you, Barbara Brown Taylor, for helping me practice the art of just being.

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  • Constance
  • 19-01-2016

blessings and hope!

Another personal story from the life of a woman of the cloth! Her books are so relatable to the average person who seeks to understand the nature of God beyond just reading the Bible and attending church with a capital C.