Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith (Paperback)

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This beautiful book is rich with wit and humanness and honesty and loving detail .I cannot overstate how liberating and transforming I have found Leaving Church to be. Frederick Buechner, author of Beyond Words

This is an astonishing book. . . . Taylor is a better writer than LaMott and a better theologian than Norris. In a word, she is the best there is. Living Church

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.

Praise For…


I cannot overstate how liberating and transforming I have found Leaving Church to be.”
-Frederick Buechner, author of Beyond Words

“This memoir [...] is full of surprises[...] In her renewal is our own.”
-Peter J. Gomes, Harvard University

“Taylor describes doubt, faith and vocation, their limits, and how the church both blesses and muddies the waters.”
-Nora Gallagher, author of Practicing Resurrection and the forthcoming novel TK

“A fiercely honest and gracious book about our primary vocation to be human.”
-Alan Jones, Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, and author of Reimagining Christianity

“Leaving Church is a canticle of praise to creator and creation.”
-Thomas Lynch, author of The Undertaking and Booking Passage

“A finely crafted memoir . . . a rich evocation of her lifelong love affair with God.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Told with insight, humor and compassion.”
-The Columbus Post Dispatch

“A beautifully crafted memoir . . . . There is a refreshing honesty . . . a slice of courage in a world that too often refuses to admit its vulnerability. . . . Leaving Church does not bash the church. It is a love story about letting go and learning to live with the mystery of what may happen next.”
-San Diego Tribune

“...Taylor at her best, writing about congregational moments with such artistic grace and wit that we see them afresh”
-Christian Century

“Even without the collar, Barbara Brown Taylor is one of our most important spiritual writers today.”
-ExploreFaith

“I love this book . . . . Her beautiful, absorbing memoir will bless countless readers...”
-Lauren Winner, The Dallas Morning News

“Such is the power of Brown Taylor’s prose...and her humanity that this story becomes one of hope.”
-Columbus Dispatch

“An Episcopal priest renowned for her eloquent sermons turns her talents to memoir...”
-Atlanta Journal Constitution

“Lovely . . . revealing . . . poignant. . . . I found in Taylor’s narrative a companionable voice...”
-Garret Keizer in Books & Culture

“A wonderfully gifted Christian writer and speaker.”
-Kansas City Star

“This new memoir is among the summer’s best books...”
-Detroit Free Press

“Taylor is a better writer than LaMott and a better theologian than Norris. ...she is the best there is.”
-Living Church

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060872632
ISBN-10: 0060872632
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: May 2012
Pages: 251
Language: English