Leaving Church

An oddly involving little book called Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor.

Ms. Taylor is an Episcopal priest who has left active priesthood to become an academic.

Not exactly a thrilling premise for a narrative, I hear you say, but it is little tales like this which interest me most. Taylor's prose is well-crafted and, for the most part, unpretentious (there is some rather irritating nature writing, but some people like that kind of thing).

For the most part it is an honest and engaging account of one person's faith journey, and I loved reading about her encounters with Native American Shamanism, and her struggle to come to terms with the uglier associations of contemporary Christianity. This is really quite a gem, and perfect reading for anyone interested in contemporary spirituality.

Thoroughly recommended.


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