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When God is Silent: Divine Language Beyond Words [Abridged, Audiobook, Box set, Illustrated, Large Print] [Paperback]

Barbara Brown Taylor
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28 Jun 2013
An enduring classic from award-winning writer Barbara Brown Taylor, and a timeless meditation for all who thirst for a God who often seems to be silent. It considers the limitations of the language we have at our disposal to speak about God; the stupendous responsibility upon anyone who attempts to speak for God, in preaching or pastoral encounter; and the torrents of words coming at us from all directions in contemporary culture that can drown out the messages we really need to hear. In this land of linguistic superabundance, Barbara Brown Taylor argues persuasively for simplicity and economy when speaking of God. She reflects on the eloquence of Jesus' silences and how we can find ways of bringing tired, old language about God back to vivid, powerful life.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich (28 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848254547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848254541
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 12.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Her concise, pithy and challenging prose is evidence that she is practicing what she preaches: that Christian pastors take more care with the words they use.' -- Kathleen Norris 'If there is one book I would want every person of faith aware of the fragile contours of language to read, this is it. Never surrendering a good question for a mere answer, it reverences both the disclosures of silence and the potential of words to form, more than inform, the human soul. Of all Barbara Brown Taylor's wonderful books, this is the one for my desert island.' --Mark Oakley

About the Author

Barbara Brown Taylor is a priest in the Episcopal church and the author of numerous books which have been showered with awards, including the bestselling An Altar in the World and Leaving Church. She currently teaches Religion at Piedmont College, Georgia and is on the Board of Advisors of Yale Divinity School.

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4.0 out of 5 stars When God is silent 12 May 2014
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Very thought-provoking book which I can recommend for its clarity and brevity. I have read it twice and will study it more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book for teachers of prayer 16 Nov 2013
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Grappling with the silences of God needs help. This book offers good teaching for those who offer spiritual companionship or teaching about prayer in silence and wordlessness.
It's on a par with Alexander Ryrie's books.
Certainly to be recommended for those who teach as well as those who long for more of the silence of God
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