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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 Saltu Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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." "

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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.