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Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor



TITLE: Learning to Walk in the Dark

AUTHOR: Barbara Brown Taylor

PUBLISHER: HarperOne

YR PUBLISHED: 2014

STARS: ★★★★★


SUMMARY: “Using her characteristic charm and literary wisdom, Barbara Brown Taylor is our guide through a spirituality of the nighttime, teaching us how to find our footing in times of uncertainty and giving us strength and hope to face all of life’s challenging moments.” (Adapted from Goodreads)


REVIEW: I had to take a deep breath in the middle of this book because it hit so profoundly I couldn’t breathe. My whole 2019 was painted actually, thickly plastered with crippling anxiety. And, while I discovered (and am still discovering) new mechanisms for coping and peace, Learning to Walk in the Dark was a breath of pure oxygen.


★ Barbara Brown Taylor breaks down the power of faith amidst the darkness & suffering of life in the most practical, beautiful, and intriguing way. This book is a real gem I will cherish for many, many years. (Also, Barbara is a beautiful human & I am officially adopting her as my grandmother.) ★


What is really special about Learning to Walk in the Dark is it doesn’t just offer us a new way of looking at suffering, but really the only way to look at suffering: As not something to run & hide from, but rather confront as an opportunity for a deeper, more profound faith.


Overall, a definite recommendation if you are in need of a spiritual read that will challenge your understanding of “face-value” Christianity.


SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: Nothing major; just some solid references to darkness that may bother someone who is truly fearful of the dark. But, ultimately this book is about working through that, so it may, in reality, be a positive experience.


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