Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others Audiobook, by Barbara Brown Taylor Play Audiobook Sample

Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others Audiobook

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Read By: Hillary Huber Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780062801364

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Longest Chapter Length:

42:40 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

35 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

24:47 minutes

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Publisher Description

The renowned and beloved New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching the world’s religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations.

Barbara Brown Taylor continues her spiritual journey begun in Leaving Church of finding out what the world looks like after taking off her clergy collar. In Holy Envy, she contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students’ eyes as she sets off with them on field trips to monasteries, temples, and mosques.

Troubled and inspired by what she learns, Taylor returns to her own tradition for guidance, finding new meaning in old teachings that have too often been used to exclude religious strangers instead of embracing the divine challenges they present. Re-imagining some central stories from the religion she knows best, she takes heart in how often God chooses outsiders to teach insiders how out-of-bounds God really is.

Throughout Holy Envy, Taylor weaves together stories from the classroom with reflections on how her own spiritual journey has been complicated and renewed by connecting with people of other traditions—even those whose truths are quite different from hers.  The one constant in her odyssey is the sense that God is the one calling her to disown her version of God—a change that ultimately enriches her faith in other human beings and in God.

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“Narrator Hillary Huber delivers a cogent and heartfelt narration…Huber’s friendly, rhythmic, Southern-tinged tone highlights Taylor’s gift for storytelling. In addition, Huber’s clarity and attention to punctuation and pacing emphasize Taylor’s excellent writing, which is both accessible and lovely. As Taylor and her students visit temples, mosques, churches, synagogues, and sacred groves, they, and we, are reminded of the humanness of all religions.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Engrossing, delightful…In short, it is a timely and important book.”

    — Psychological Perspectives
  • “Highly recommended.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “Reminds us that God is bigger than any one religion. Prepare to come to know God in a new way.”

    — James Martin, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
  • “This indispensable book guides us through America’s rapidly diversifying religious landscape, highlighting resonances between different religions, narrating moments of spiritual inspiration, and always emphasizing moments of human connection.”

    — Eboo Patel, author of Out of Many Faiths


  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Spiritual Devotionals

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About Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Brown Taylor is an American Episcopal priest, professor, author, and theologian and is one of the United States’ best known preachers. In 2014, she was included in Time magazine’s annual list of most influential people in the world. In the early 2000s, she chose to leave active ministry while retaining her ordination. Her memoir Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith was the first of a trilogy of books about redefining her faith followed by An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith and Learning to Walk in the Dark.

About Hillary Huber

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won numerous Earphones Awards.