Thoroughly enjoyed as always. Informative, thought provoking and emotion stirring, just as good preaching should be. Dec 15, Morgan Bell rated it it was amazing. One of those books that dusted off my sense of call. Apr 27, Denise Theresa rated it it was amazing. Well written reflections and insights.
Her writing brings you closer to God. Nov 21, John rated it it was amazing. It has the feel of someone rising to the challenges of middle age: too wise to be written by a something, but not world-weary enough to come from the pen of a something. The book is roughly divided into two halves: part one a collection of essays, and part two a series of sermons.
Feb 04, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites.
What a gift Barbara Brown Taylor is! Her way with words, her way of looking at the world, and most of all, the profound truths she so creatively and articulately lays before the the reader, are inspiring and thoughtful, and sometimes they cut to the quick. I have been reading this book in fits and starts for several months now. It's that kind of a book. You can read it for awhile and then just let a chapter soak in for a time, and then you can pick it up again as if you're coming home to hear mo What a gift Barbara Brown Taylor is!
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You can read it for awhile and then just let a chapter soak in for a time, and then you can pick it up again as if you're coming home to hear more stories from an old friend. Don't let the title make you think that this book is written by a preacher only for other preachers. This book is an excellent devotional read for anyone who wants honest reflections on scripture and life. Mar 20, Julie Golding Page rated it it was amazing Shelves: theology-women. This is an excellent book by an eminent American Episcopal Anglican priest who also happens to be a woman.
The first part of the book is one of the clearest and most engaging explanations I've ever read on the topic of what it means to be called by God. The second part contains a number of excellent sermons, which are good for personal reading and also for layreaders or priests to read as the Sunday sermon in church. Barbara Brown Taylor's preaching style is more like storytelling and less like This is an excellent book by an eminent American Episcopal Anglican priest who also happens to be a woman.
Barbara Brown Taylor's preaching style is more like storytelling and less like the typical, evangelical expositional style of sermon. For those who are bored by the expositional style, she is a breath of fresh air. For those who prefer the expositional style, she presents an interesting new model for preaching - and perhaps a challenge as well. Jan 12, Andrew Philip rated it really liked it Shelves: spirituality , christianity , bible , preaching , ministry.
A superb book by a wise and fine preacher and writer.
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The first half, in which she reflects on the call to ministry and the priesthood of all believers, is tremendous and very helpful. I was disappointed when it finished! The second half, which consists of 13 sermons, is also excellent and frequently thought-provoking. The only reason I gave the book four stars instead of five was that I wanted more of the first half. Perhaps that's churlish of me, particularly given the old adage, "always leave A superb book by a wise and fine preacher and writer.
Perhaps that's churlish of me, particularly given the old adage, "always leave them wanting more". She has a rare combination of accessibility, depth and exquisite writing skill. Nov 16, Mark Fredericksen rated it it was amazing. Barbara Brown Taylor is an Anglican who speaks strongly to my own Anglican heart. She makes plain so much of the liturgy, sacraments, and preaching aspects of worship that they all suddenly make so much sense. Worship in the Anglican tradition already resonated with my soul, now it also resonates in my head. The sermons she includes in the second half are succinct, powerful, and illustrate precisely all that she presents theoretically and theologically in the first half.
A great manual for under Barbara Brown Taylor is an Anglican who speaks strongly to my own Anglican heart. A great manual for understanding what we do what we do in church on Sunday. Jan 23, Jonelle rated it really liked it Shelves: memoir-bio , spiritual , religion. Taylor is such a wonderful writer and it was interesting to read one of her earlier works.
While not as polished as her more recent Leaving Church memoir, it still had many of the themes that she often explores I will read anything of hers Oct 03, Laura rated it really liked it. Very good. I liked the first half the best. The second half was also good, but wish the chapters were longer. I understand they are meant as sermons, and sermons are supposed to be short, but I still wished for more. Oct 30, Cara Meredith rated it it was amazing.
Lovely, as per the BBT usual. If you're a speaker or preacher, read this. If you're a fan of her writing, especially the early, more jesus-pointed stuff, read this. And in the second half, you'll feel like you're sitting front and center on that hard wooden pew, listening to the ebb and flow of her stories.
Sep 28, Katherine Pershey rated it it was amazing. I can't believe I didn't read this book until now. It is marvelous. Wonderfully written, deeply moving. I would recommend it to preachers, of course, but also to anyone who loves excellent writing and keep observations of the world. Excellent read I would recommend this to lay people and pastors alike. Taylor makes it clear we who call ourselves Christians are all called to ministry. I really enjoyed her sermons at the end of the book. I particularly liked the prodigal son sermon.
Easy to read too! Apr 28, katie rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in , spirit. I really love BBT. This book came to me at the proper time, and I love it. Simple, warm, and genuine. I know I should have taken the second half slower and read her sermons over a longer period of time, but I couldn't help it and just gulped them down.
I need to read all her books. Similarly, a weak sermon can grow strong in the presence of people who attend carefully to it, leaning forward in their pews and opening their faces to a preacher for whom they clearly expect a receive good news. This book is composed of two parts. The latter half is a collection of thirteen of her sermons, five-to-seven pages in length, all but one based on some account in the Gospels. The sermons and their texts are:. But where, for the love of God, is the tenth?
It is instead a sermon about not confusing the knowing, understanding, feeling, thinking, or saying of love with the doing of love. She reminded him of someone. It was the end for her; it was the end for him, too. She gave her living to a corrupt church; he was about to give his life for a corrupt world.
How do you survive something like that? Each of these sermons affords abundant evidence of Scripture well pondered and applied. In this warm and poignant collection, Barbara Brown Taylor's humor and wisdom delve into the meaning of Christian symbols and history--both her own, growing up in the Mid-West and Georgia, and the Church's, from its earliest beginnings in the Near East. Seamlessly, Taylor weaves together reflections on her vocation with the long-standing struggles of the Church to hear, respond, and remain faithful to its mission of holy love.
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She moves effortlessly from reflection to homily, concluding the volume with thirteen sermons illustrative of the answered call. This rich meeting of memoir, theology, and sermon stands at the center of Taylor's work, bringing into one book the origins and the vision of her remarkable preaching life. But her voice is not sentimental.
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