As she walks us through the seasons of the church year, from the expectancy of Advent to the fires of Pentecost, Taylor opens the books of scripture before our eyes and shows us their hidden glory and power to save and transform us. In these sermons she addresses the perennial questions of faith: doubt, grace, anger, and jubilation.
A lovely Caribbean island and its people awaken in author Robert Benson a sense of place and home. The islanders’ warmth and welcome prompt a new understanding of ideas of beauty, community and spiritual belonging. “We live in a world where such welcome and gentleness and civility are increasingly rare. Most of the conversation between strangers is terse and quick and far too often, it is cold and rude. It can even be that way, more often than we care to admit, among people who are not strangers. And such is the way of the world that we live in that we are almost stunned by welcome whenever it breaks out around us, and we are certainly drawn to the people and to the places where we find such welcome in abundance.” From the Trade Paperback edition.
In this selection of new sermons, Barbara Brown Taylor walks us through the church year, from the expectancy of Advent to the fires of Pentecost and beyond.
"Grant and Audrey are adding grandchildren to their family left and right, but middle daughter, Danae, and her husband, Dallas Brooks, have been trying for years with no baby in sight. Though Danae is ready to consider adoption, Dallas will not even discuss it. Despairing of ever having a family of her own, Danae decides to pour her passion and energies into volunteer work with a newly opened women’s shelter in town. Looking for a good cause to fill her lonely days, she never expects to give her heart to the hurting women she meets there. She’s finally learning to live her life with gratitude, but then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threaten to pull the entire Whitman clan into turmoil—and leave them all forever changed."
A memoir of growing up in a mixed-race Chicago family begins with a portrait of the author's mother, the daughter of a wealthy British plantation owner and the mixed-race child of a former slave, her odyssey from the Deep South to the Bronzeville sectiono
Soon after the birth of their son, Janir, John Thorndike's wife began a terrifying and dangerous drift into schizophrenia. Realizing that the only way to protect Janir was to take him away from his mother, Thorndike found his way through the pratfalls of child rearing alone. All who have experienced the wrench of mental illness in the family will recognize their own journey in Thorndike's heartfelt and heroic story of fatherhood.
After her mother's death and her father's abandonment, tiny infant Sarah Graham was left to be raised by her emotionally distant grandmother. As a child she turned to music for solace and even gained entrance to Juilliard. But her potentially brilliant music career ended with an unplanned pregnancy and the stillborn birth of her child. In an attempt to escape the past, Sarah, now twenty-seven, is living life hard and fast--and she is flat broke. When her estranged father dies, she travels to the tiny mountain hamlet of Jonah, New York, to claim her inheritance. Once there, she learns her father's will stipulates a six-month stay before she can receive the money. Fueled by hate and desperation, Sarah settles in for the bitter mountain winter, and as the weeks pass, she finds her life intertwining with the lives of the simple, gracious townsfolk. Can these strangers teach Sarah how to forgive and find peace? A story of grace, of God's never-ceasing love, and the sometimes flawed, faithful people He uses to bring His purposes to pass.
Resources for Christmastide to help you hear God's Word through the commercialism of the season, the propaganda of the times; and to glimpse the sacred in the secular.
"The Whitmans are adding grandchildren to their family, but middle daughter, Danae, is childless. Though Danae is ready to consider adoption, her husband will not discuss it. Volunteering at a women's shelter is teaching Danae to live her life with gratitude, but then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threatens turmoil for the entire Whitman clan"--
Going Home Another Way tells a story a young girl who grew up in total dis-function in her home and religious upbringing. At the age of nine, she started having visions and vivid dreams. Then, she heard a Voice that guided her through many dangers and other hardships. After the death of her mother, her life changed. She had to rely on the Voice more than ever. Upon reaching adulthood, she became engulfed with the wiles of the world. She was lost and afraid. Much like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, who only had to click her heels in order to go back home, Mary only had to obey the Voice, pick up a pen and paper to write her way back Home. The pen is mightier than the Sword.