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Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor
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Aug 20, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: religion, life-lessons
Read from August 20 to 22, 2012

In the end, it is the liberal Episcopalians who speak to my soul. Marcus Borg, Sarah Miles, John Spong, Gene Robinson, the good people at St. Paul's Cathedral in Boston, and now Barbara Taylor. This is a beautiful, spiritual book about a woman whose call to priesthood ends up encompassing much more than her ordination. Mrs. Taylor was an Episcopal priest for nearly twenty years before leaving her ministry and becoming a Professor of Religion. She writes honestly and lyrically about how she ended up leaving her role as a priest, and about the limitations (as well as the strengths) of organized religion. I was completely captivated by both her story and her writing. Her descriptions of mysticism, and mystical experiences, are the best I've ever read. I will now go forth and read every single word this author has ever written. Marvelous.

Much to reflect on here. I am moved.


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