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Seeing the Sacred in Unexpected Ordinary Places
on 22 January 2010
Barbara Brown Taylor illuminates what the Celtic Theologians call "the thin places." Those are places were we experience the sacred dimension, the holy. This writer shines the light of her exceptional writing and story-telling on those situations and experiences in her life and ours, where glory glows and warms our hearts. Her focus is on practices not doctrine. Each practice she explores, "waking up to God," "paying attention," "wearing skin," "walking on the earth," "getting lost," "encountering others," "living with purpose," "saying No," "carrying water," "feeling pain," "being present to God," and "pronouncing blessing," connects to our ordinary daily experiences and to some part of scripture, in which, like Jacob, we awake to declare "God was in this place and I didn't know it." The appropriate response to encounters with the holy in ordinary living is thanksgiving and "setting up an altar" at least in our hearts. She writes so well, is so insightful, and so down to earth, anyone reading this book will find their spiritual life and awareness enriched, broadened and deepened. She quotes Br. David Steindl-Rast's amazing book
Gratefulness,the Heart of Prayer." Reading and practicing what her book has to say is a form of prayer.