31 books I can’t live without: Leaving Church (29)

This month I’m participating in the #write31days challenge by highlighting 31 books I can’t live without. Check out this post for more information, and otherwise, read on! 

Many old books combined by a heap. Russian saying 'Knowledge - light, ignorance - darkness'

unknown-1Title: Leaving Church

Author: Barbara Brown Taylor

Synopsis: “Barbara Brown Taylor, once hailed as one of America’s most effective and beloved preachers, eloquently tells the moving and delightful story of her search to find an authentic way of being Christian—even when it meant giving up her pulpit.”

Why I can’t live without this book: Sometimes I wonder if time affects the reading of a book. Case in point: I read this book the year after leaving ministry. My experience in leaving was so hard to explain, so I found myself grateful for BBT’s way of expressing that which I couldn’t yet find the words to say. She gave me the gift I didn’t know I needed, when I needed it most. Will it be the same for you? I’m not sure – but please, please, please give it a try nonetheless.

(One of my) favorite quotes: “Salvation is not something that happens only at the end of a person’s life. Salvation happens every time someone with a key uses it to open a door he could lock instead.”

So, Leaving Church: love it or hate it? BBT: is she your spirit animal …or not so much? 

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