An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/3/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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In her critically acclaimed Leaving Church ("a beautiful, absorbing memoir."-Dallas Morning News), Barbara Brown Taylor wrote about leaving full-time ministry to become a professor, a decision that stretched the boundaries of her faith. Now, in her stunning follow-up, An Altar in the World, she shares how she learned to encounter God beyond the walls of any church. From simple practices such as walking, working, and getting lost to deep meditations on topics like prayer and pronouncing blessings, Taylor reveals concrete ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see. Something as ordinary as hanging clothes on a clothesline becomes an act of devotion if we pay attention to what we are doing and take time to attend to the sights, smells, and sounds around us. Making eye contact with the cashier at the grocery store becomes a moment of true human connection. Allowing yourself to get lost leads to new discoveries. Under Taylor's expert guidance, we come to question conventional distinctions between the sacred and the secular, learning that no physical act is too earthbound or too humble to become a path to the divine. As we incorporate these practices into our daily lives, we begin to discover altars everywhere we go, in nearly everything we do.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
The Practice of Waking Up to God Visionp. 1
The Practice of Paying Attention Reverencep. 17
The Practice of Wearing Skin Incarnationp. 35
The Practice of Walking on the Earth Groundednessp. 53
The Practice of Getting Lost Wildernessp. 69
The Practice of Encountering Others Communityp. 87
The Practice of Living with Purpose Vocationp. 107
The Practice of Saying No Sabbathp. 121
The Practice of Carrying Water Physical Laborp. 141
The Practice of Feeling Pain Breakthroughp. 155
The Practice of Being Present to God Prayerp. 175
The Practice of Pronouncing Blessings Benedictionp. 193
Acknowledgmentsp. 211
Notesp. 213
Permissionsp. 217
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