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Mixed Blessings

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In this new edition of her earliest collection of sermons Barbara Brown Taylor brings her down-to-earth wisdom and keen perspective to the Bible readings of the lectionary cycle. Originally preached for the congregation of All Saints Episcopal Church in downtown Atlanta, the topics of these sermons range from conversations with Abraham and Moses in the texts of the Hebrew...more
ebook, 132 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Cowley Publications (first published 1986)
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Mixed Blessings is a compilation of sermons written by Barbara Brown Taylor (Episcopalian preacher), written in the first few years in her ministry (mid-1980s).

Reading Taylor is like reading candy to me. I appreciate not only her sermon structure (narrative), but also her phrasing and her theology. Specific sermons I felt to be remarkable to me in this read were: "Saving Space" (Isaiah 40:3-8), "Decked Out in Flesh" (Isaiah 9:6), "Blood Kin" (Matthew 26:36-38), "Mixed Blessings" (Deuteronomy 8:...more
Mixed blessings, indeed. This slim book of sermons holds many blessings within its pages, and I enjoyed it much more on my second reading, and yet again on my third. I could wish that they were in order of the church year, like a couple of her other books, but there is a page in back that identifies where in the lectionary they fall. Not that it matters -- she is worth reading at any time.
Yes, they're early Barbara Brown Taylor sermons, but they're still good, and for the aspiring preacher who knows her later work, clear markers of how her preaching grew and changed and deepened with her ministry - and can with ours. Fine work.
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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 fifteen years in parish ministry before becoming the Butman Professor of...more
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