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on 17 June 2014
It is easy to see why Barbara Brown Taylor was such a powerful preacher in her day. She writes beautifully and with real clarity. In this book, she turns traditional dichotomies which say light = good and dark = bad! and turns the, on their head. Intriguingly she shows how God often shows up in the dark, and examines Christian history and writers in the light of this.
I warmly recommend this book - both for those who find traditional Church answers too easy, and live with their own darkness, but also for anyone who likes to think outside the box and be challenged to look differently.
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on 24 September 2014
Barbara Brown Taylor's amazing book "Learning to Walk in the Dark" is about her search to know more about physical, psychological, spiritual and theological darkness. She says for her, "Walk as a child of light and all your nights will be as bright as day" no longer rings true. She believes darkness is a friend and is as much inside us as outside.
After fifteen years as a parish minister Taylor realized Christian certainties were more a strategy of spiritual bypassing. They no longer helped people cope with life's challenges. She left the church when she could no longer speak of faith in God and the solar version of Christianity as a protection from darkness.
She says dark thoughts, dark emotions and suffering come from a reluctance to walk in the dark. Healing involves the seizing of both halves - day and night, flesh and spirit, presence and absence, faith and doubt. Pairs exist in balance not opposites.
Taylor says she did not loose her faith in God only her faith in the language, concepts and tools of the church. She no longer sees dark emotions as unskillful ways of coping. She says we need to trust feelings not be delivered from them. The more nuanced words like "betrayal," "brokenness" and "deadly distance from the source of life" mean more to her than "sin," "salvation," "repentance" and "grace." Carl Jung said knowing our own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness in others and Ken Wilber agreed when he said the "soul" is the "ego in drag."
Doctrines and creeds are no longer enough to keep faith alive. She believes endarkment like enlightenment is a work in progress. We need to go deep into the cloud of unknowing. When the dark night passes all is transformed. Darkness is not something to be feared, fought, gotten through or avoided. Comfort or discomfort with the outer dark is a good barometer of how we feel on the inside. Looking at the stars reminds us of our place in the universe. Darkness is not dark to God. The night is as bright as day.
Taylor says she's been given the gift of lunar spirituality where divine light waxes and wanes with the seasons. She needs darkness as much as she needs light. She says to be human is to live by sunlight and moonlight, with anxiety and delight, admitting limits and transcending them, falling down and rising up and loving creation like we do God.
Taylor's book "Learning to Walk in the Dark" shows us how to find God in the darkness and allow the light and the darkness to teach us what we need to know.
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on 25 June 2014
Imaginative take on the spirituality of darkness by one of the great spiritual writers of our era. Thoughtful, provoking, gripping, lyrical and appropriately personal. Nearly finished a first read, but I rarely read books by BBT just the once.
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on 27 January 2015
Most enjoyable read with wonderful insights about the night and the dark - most helpful and positive concepts to help us deal with loss, fear and disempowerment
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on 30 January 2016
Excellent book which arrived on time and was very well packaged and presented. Thank you
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on 6 November 2014
This is a truly amazing book, help for those struggling in hard times
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on 9 December 2015
Good product speedy service
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on 25 July 2015
Great book. Worth a read.
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on 23 April 2015
Delighted with this
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on 29 August 2014
Beautifully written and balances our understanding of all kinds of darkness.
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