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Author: Barbara Brown Taylor Narrator: Barbara Brown Taylor Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2014 ISBN: 9780062283931
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New York Times Bestseller

From the New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark provides a way to find spirituality in those times when we don’t have all the answers.

Taylor has become increasingly uncomfortable with our tendency to associate all that is good with lightness and all that is evil and dangerous with darkness. Doesn’t God work in the nighttime as well? In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us “in the dark.” She argues that we need to move away from our “solar spirituality” and ease our way into appreciating “lunar spirituality” (since, like the moon, our experience of the light waxes and wanes). Through darkness we find courage, we understand the world in new ways, and we feel God’s presence around us, guiding us through things seen and unseen. Often, it is while we are in the dark that we grow the most.

With her characteristic charm and literary wisdom, Taylor is our guide through a spirituality of the nighttime, teaching us how to find our footing in times of uncertainty and giving us strength and hope to face all of life’s challenging moments.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Eyes wide open, Barbara Brown Taylor has written a precise and evocative field guide to the dark. Exploring the complex and generative terrain of twilight and absence on her own terms, she generously includes us on her journeys and encourages us to make our own.”

    Sharon Salzberg, New York Times bestselling author

  • “To the parish of the seldom, or sorely, or no longer ‘churched,’ to the doubting and dumbfounded and blessedly vexed, Barbara Brown Taylor tenders an elegant epistle.”

    Thomas Lynch, National Book Award Finalist

  • “In this season of national want, Barbara Brown Taylor serves up beefy soul food.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “Barbara Brown Taylor is a favorite among church members who struggle to connect the sacred and secular, the heavenly and the earthly. These readers appreciate the candor with which she writes about it.”

    Raleigh News and Observer

  • “Taylor seems simply incapable of writing a bad book…A wonderfully gifted Christian writer and speaker.”

    Kansas City Star

  • “Taylor’s spiritual reflections are original, bringing fresh air to her topics because her spirituality is steeped in everyday life while illuminated by the ancient Christian spiritual tradition.”

    National Catholic Reporter

  • “Barbara Brown Taylor penetrates the religious clutter. She comforts. She revives our spirits.”


  • “Taylor is one of those rare people who truly can see the holy in everything.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Taylor continues her unconventional, outside-the-pulpit Episcopalian ministry by showing readers how she has learned from the darkness: learning to cross the street as if blind…looking for God’s nocturnal appearances in the Bible. Taylor writes with consistent charm and an unobtrusive faith in God.”

    Library Journal

  • “With calm confidence and hard won humility, Barbara Brown Taylor continues to serve our recovery of a whole faith, a performed faith, a lifesaving and lifegiving faith. With a delightfully deft touch, she replaces a wide array of false dichotomies with true coherencies.”

    Scott Cairns, author of Short Trip to the Edge

  • “Reading Barbara Brown Taylor’s writing stuns me, challenges me, and heals me, both with the beauty of her prose and the depth of her wisdom. A gift to every person who’s felt the darkness but not had the words to articulate it…A truly beautiful book.”

    Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine

  • “Beautiful. Profound. Nourishing. I have needed to read this book for a long time.”

    Lauren Winner, author of Still and Girl Meets God

  • “In the spirit of the great mystics, Barbara Brown Taylor has looked beyond the walls of the church and found…God. With her always winsome prose…we can confidently place ourselves in her hands; she is the most generous and gracious of spiritual guides.”

    Tony Jones, author of The Sacred Way

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About the Author

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.