Altar in the World Paperback
Finding the Sacred Beneath Our Feet
by Barbara Taylor;
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Altar in the World
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Altar in the World by Barbara Taylor was published by Canterbury Press in August 2009 and is our 18471st best seller. The ISBN for Altar in the World is 9781853119903.
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An Altar in the WorldBarry Vendy, via The Good Book Stall
Everyday tasks like gardening and cleaning the toilets may never be the same again, and walking the labyrinth or even going barefoot may have a new appeal, after reading what this wonderful book says about them.
Barbara Brown Taylor, former parish priest, now college professor, argues, “There is no spiritual treasure to be found apart from the bodily experiences of human life on earth”. It is in ordinary-looking places that we meet up with God, “the divine More”.
Taylor illustrates this from such common human experiences as walking, saying ‘No’ and physical labour. These are where we encounter God. Like Jacob in the Bible, we can say, ‘Surely the Lord is present in this place’, and set up our altar there. The author also has refreshing, unhackneyed words about more obviously ‘spiritual’ things like vocation and the Sabbath.
Attentiveness and reverence hold the key, and these require “no equipment, no special clothes, no green fees, no personal trainers”, but just “a body on this earth, willing to notice where it is”.
This lovely book was on a par, for me, with the likes of ‘God of Surprises’ and ‘Celebration of Discipline’. I strongly recommend it, and must testify that I repeatedly had to stop reading as Brown’s words brought me up sharp, making me think, ‘Here is a spiritual practice that I would do well to adopt’.
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Details for Altar in the World
|Author / Artist||Barbara Taylor|
|Publisher||Canterbury Press (August 2009)|
|Number of Pages||240|
|Page last updated||14th June 2016|