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Barbara Brown Taylor

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Barbara Brown Taylor’s last book, An Altar in the World, was a New York Times bestseller that received the Silver Nautilus Award in 2012. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, received an Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association and won the Theologos Award for best general interest book of 2006. Taylor spent 15 years in parish ministry before becoming the Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College, where she has taught world religions since 1998. In April 2014 she was named on the Time magazine annual Top 100 Influencers list. She lives on a working farm in rural north Georgia with her husband Ed.


Learning to Walk in The Dark

Learning to Walk in The Dark, 2014

In her New York Times best-selling An Altar in the World, critically-acclaimed author Barbara Brown Taylor revealed how the sacred can be found in everyday life. In her new book Learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor -- whose writing has been described by Annie Dillard as “wonderfully intelligent, moving, and direct” -- turns her considerable talent and incandescent prose to illuminate a subject that is at once compelling and taboo: darkness. In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor decides to ignore everything she thought she knew, embarking on a bold journey to redeem darkness. From spelunking in unlit caves, to eating and crossing the street as a blind person, to visiting underground nightclubs, she seeks to reclaim the dark as a place of beauty, wisdom, and peace, freeing it from its sinister and wicked undertones. In doing so she acts as sage and guide, showing us the way to let darkness teach each of us what we truly need to know. In the end, Taylor wonders why people are so squeamish around darkness and how it has come to symbolize all that is dangerous and evil—because it is in darkness where we find courage, where we are driven to understand the world in new ways, and where we can feel the power of grace around us.