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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,597 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Brown Taylor Narrator: Karen Saltus Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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After nine years serving on the staff of a big urban church in Atlanta, Barbara Brown Taylor arrives in rural Clarkesville, Georgia (population 1,500), following her dream to become the pastor of her own small congregation. The adjustment from city life to country dweller is something of a shock - Taylor is one of the only professional women in the community - but small-town life offers many of its own unique joys. Taylor has five successful years that see significant growth in the church she serves, but ultimately she finds herself experiencing compassion fatigue and wonders what exactly God has called her to do. She realizes that in order to keep her faith she may have to leave.

Taylor describes a rich spiritual journey in which God has given her more questions than answers. As she becomes part of the flock instead of the shepherd, she describes her poignant and sincere struggle to regain her footing in the world without her defining collar. Taylor's realization that this may in fact be God's surprising path for her leads her to a refreshing search to find Him in new places. Leaving Church will remind even the most skeptical among us that life is about both disappointment and hope - and ultimately, renewal.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 2/16/2014

    " Delightfully refreshing memoir, inviting us into a behind the scenes look of her life as a priest in the Episcopal Church. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 2/9/2014

    " Barbara Brown Taylor is amazing. She's an Episcopal priest and widely recognized as one of the best English language preachers. But sometimes being a preacher got in the way of her being a preist. And sometimes being a preist got in the way of being a person. So she left. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandie | 2/8/2014

    " I found this book to be truly engaging and fulfilling on many different levels. As a person with a deep spiritual nature but no religious affiliation, I found the author's feelings and experiences to be truly universal and affirming. Anyone who considers themselves a seeker of wisdom or on a journey of the heart, soul, or mind will be able to feel a connection with Barbara's journey. Highly Recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitzi | 2/8/2014

    " As Faulkner says and Barbara Brown Taylor quotes: "The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melora | 2/2/2014

    " Alternately irritating and profound. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/27/2014

    " Good book to help me reflect on the notion that what I think I want may not always be the appropriate choice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindy | 1/20/2014

    " This author writes from her visionary life and how she was changed and transformed spiritually. Worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bishop Bergland | 1/18/2014

    " As one who has spent time within the institutional Church, in small independent Churches, and as Presiding Bishop of an alternative denomination, much of this book resonated with me deeply. The struggles of pastoral life, the work load, and the expectations certainly are more than most people can handle. Barbara Brown Taylor beautifully chronicles her experience of Leaving Church and her subsequent search for community and God outside Church. Her story moved me deeply. The questions she raises are important ones as well, particularly as they relate to all of our structures of power. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamra | 1/18/2014

    " Breath taking writing. Captures so well the tension between piety and authenticity. An honest look at a former priets journey through selfless service and reoccuring burn out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha Duke | 9/14/2013

    " Felt as though I could have written this book. Reflects my own feelings, thoughts, habits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 9/12/2013

    " There is life after being a pastor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarita | 9/12/2013

    " Thing is, this isn't really a book about her leaving church...it's more about retirement. Which is ... not that exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 9/11/2013

    " This is an interesting light read. It will give you insight into your minister's life and make you appreciate him/her more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robbie | 8/20/2012

    " My study group found a lot to discuss in this book. An episcopal priest finds her place in the church and then questions her role in the church and her belief. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 5/4/2012

    " Sad for more reasons than could be stated here. Stardom can be deadly regardless of the field in which it is achieved. There's a warning here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susanbargo | 2/19/2012

    " Leaving Church is a great read for someone who is introspective spiritually and is on a personal spiritual journey. The author shares her journey of working to closer to God and actually losing sight of God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kandy | 5/14/2011

    " Barbara Brown Taylor is a prominent Christian writer today. An Episcopal priest who writes about getting burned out with church and leaving the ministry. Lots of thought-provoking food for thought here about organized religion and its relevance to our lives today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 4/20/2011

    " Memoir of her years as a priest in an urban Atlanta Church and then her move to a rural congregation and finally her leaving alotgether from the formal church to find her own brand of Christian religion. Very readable and engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 3/20/2011

    " I didn't get as caught up in Taylor's spiritual journey as I thought I would. However, I loved the insights she came to in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 2/10/2011

    " A cathartic autobiography of the author's quest to find and serve God by leaving the Episcopal church and becoming a professor of theology. Well written and an easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rev.dulce | 2/2/2011

    " This was an awesome read. I especially liked the part about "sabbath sickness". Maybe all church people need to quit running all the time and take the time to listen to God. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 10/6/2010

    " OK, just not for me at this time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 8/28/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. It made me think about my little place in the world and took a lot of the pressures placed on my head by being raised Catholic off and set them free. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 8/23/2010

    " Great reminder that those of us that call ourselves Christian will find that God is most often outside of the church building, in the creation around us and in those people that we come into contact with every day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllis | 8/16/2010

    " This cover caught my eye in B&N one day, and spoke to my frame of mind at the time. Speaks to how good choices made with multi-faceted motivations may lead you on paths you never expected. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Brown Taylor’s book Leaving Church was met with widespread critical acclaim, including from the New York Times, USA Today, NPR’s Fresh Air, and others. Taylor spent fifteen years in parish ministry and was named one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English-speaking world by Baylor University in 1996. She became a professor of religion at Piedmont College in 1998 and also teaches spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary. Still a priest in the Episcopal church, Taylor has traveled the world in pursuit of sacred wisdom, finding most of what she needed in her backyard. She lives on a working farm in rural north Georgia with her husband, Ed.

About the Narrator

Karen Saltus has narrated television and radio commercials, audiobooks, textbooks, multimedia, film, and voice prompts for interactive telephone applications. She began her career thirty years ago at a radio station in Portland, Maine. She later became a creative director for a station in Massachussetts. In 1994 she became a full-time freelance voice-over talent.