By Barbara Brown Taylor
“This is the main thoroughly appealing booklet in faith that i've got learn in a long time. light, humbly crafted, lyrical, and deeply wise.” — Phyllis Tickle, writer of The nice Emergence
“Taylor, as philosopher and stylist, ranks with the easiest. . . . This booklet isn't really a page-turner. It’s a page-lingerer. I wore out a highlighter marking passages i would like to learn again.” — Dallas Morning News
Barbara Brown Taylor, acclaimed writer of Leaving Church, maintains her religious trip in An Altar within the World. With the honesty of Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) and the non secular intensity of Anne Lamott (Grace, Eventually), Taylor unearths the right way to come upon the sacred as a usual a part of daily life.
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After eating heartily, he lay down at one end of the heap. This was evidently a common practice, perhaps designed to protect the precious harvest from thieves and marauders. Ruth saw Boaz settling down for the night. The time had come to put Naomi’s plan into action. 16 Ruth crept closer, her heart racing. She could tell that the man was sound asleep. So just as Naomi had said, she went over to his feet, uncovered them, and lay down by them. Then she waited. The time passed. To Ruth, it must have felt like an eter14 46 14.
Hannah was keen not only to receive blessings from God but also to give him what she could. —1 Sam. 1:9-11. 12 Hannah thus set an example for all of God’s servants when it comes to prayer. Jehovah kindly invites his people to speak to him openly, without reservation, pouring out their concerns before him as a trusting child would to a loving parent. ”—1 Pet. 5:7. 13 Humans, however, are not as understanding and empathetic as Jehovah is. As Hannah wept and prayed, she was startled by a voice. It was Eli, the high priest, who had been observing her.
As the weeks passed, Naomi no doubt thought more about what she could do for her beloved daughter-in-law. Back in Moab, Naomi The examples of Ruth had been convinced that she could never help Ruth ﬁnd another husband. (Ruth 1: and Naomi remind 11-13) Now, though, she was beginning us to appreciate what to think diﬀerently. ” (Ruth 3:1) It was customary in those days for parents to ﬁnd mates for their children, and Ruth had become a true daughter to Naomi. She wanted to ﬁnd Ruth “a resting-place”—referring to the security and protection that a home and a husband might provide.
An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor