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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications; First edition, fourth printing edition (May 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561011428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561011421
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not many collections of sermons are published anymore, but Barbara Brown Taylor’s volumes appear with some regularity—and that’s a very good thing for the rest of us. Her sermons are simple in theme but elegant in expression. (The Christian Century)

She meets serious biblical scholarship with respect, but she avails us of it in an unobtrusive way that disarms any resistance we may have to being taught from the pulpit. Her exegesis is woven into the context of what she is saying so skillfully that it is likely to be welcomed as helpful even by those who might otherwise complain that the Bible is not really meaningful to them or that scripture is no longer authoritative in the contemporary age. (Sewanee Theological Review)

Taylor finds bright and crisp ways of telling us to look for the unconventional revelations of God in this world. She is intellectual and thoughtful enough for serious reading, and contemporary and informal enough to cause those who do not read sermons to make an exception. (The Living Church)

Her velvet touch conceals her iron grip on the deeper truths of the Gospel. (The Toronto Anglican)

Taylor does not use words or images pretentiously or unnecessarily but forcefully and economically. Every now and again, one is handed a phrase which prods one’s heart and mind simultaneously, stimulating a devotional response with a prying theological edge. (Anglican Theological Review)

About the Author

Barbara Brown Taylor is an Episcopal priest. She holds the Harry R. Butman Chair in Religion and Philosophy at Piedmont College in northeastern Georgia and serves as adjunct professor of Christian spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur. Recognized as one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English language by Baylor University in 1995, Taylor has published numerous collections of her sermons and theological reflections, including Mixed Blessings, The Preaching Life, The Luminous Web, Home By Another Way, Speaking of Sin, and Gospel Medicine.

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Barbara Brown Taylor is a captivating preacher!
Lainie
I just finished reading this book of sermons, and have started again at the beginning - there is so much to learn and so much to listen to in her sermons.
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Thank you so much, Ms. Saldana, for sharing your journey with us.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
Barbara Brown Taylor has an amazing gift which she share freely in this book and her others. I like to think of her as a preachers preacher. Being a preacher myself, I learned to read and listen to sermons with a critical and often unfair ear. So, a sermon must be really, really good to escape criticism. The sermons in this book are that good. What makes them so wonderful. Barbara Brown Taylor has a unique way of looking at the text. She compares the fierey furnace story to a Tom Clancy movie, She compares mana in the wilderness to gritts, and she retells the Christmas story is a beautiful and touching way without being sappy. This book is great for preachers looking for uniques stories and angles. It is also good devotional type reading for those who's preaching is done through living life.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2000
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You won't believe this, but this collection of sermons is a real page turner. I started it with a plan to read one essay a day for my devotional. Instead, I quit reading the fine fiction book I was halfway through and devoured Bread of Angels, reading long past my bedtime every night. The sermons are funny and touching, challenging yet encouraging. I'm now looking at old Bible stories in a new way, finding deeper meaning and real help for life. I'm going to buy copies to give to family and friends. Pick up a copy of Bread of Angels. It will feed your soul in ways you never expected.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By JAD on February 17, 2004
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It used to be, not so very long ago, that ordinary people read sermons the way they now read novels-in their spare time, for both edification and enjoyment. If this idea seems strange to you, then chances are you have not read anything written by Barbara Brown Taylor.

Taylor is an Episcopal Priest and the rector of Grace-Calvary Church in Clarksville, Georgia. Taylor University has also named her one of the ten top preachers in the English language. That having been said, you will also want to know that she is in great demand as a speaker.

Dr. Taylor is a preacher of uncommon skill, but we must not stop there. Her fresh images and stimulating ideas are so engaging that this book really can work as a personal devotional tool. It would serve equally well as a neighborhood or small group study, or something to read with one dear friend or family member and then talk about in detail over a pot of tea or by a crackling fire. For, just as you "think between the lines" during the course of a sermon, so too, in Taylor's book, you have the perfect chance to allow your own Christian experience to engage with the truths Taylor presents.

If the names of each chapter, such as, "The Trickle Up Effect," "How Not to Hinder God" and "Why the Boss Said No" begin to peak your interest, they should! Taylor has a style that is accessible; she speaks to the modern mind and heart.

Consider this passage, from the book's title sermon: "Jesus is God's manna in the wilderness, the one who reminds us day by day that we life because God provides not what we want, necessarily, but exactly what we need: some bread, some love, some breath, some wine, a relationship with this ordinary looking man, who comes from heaven to bring life to the world." (Page 11).
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lainie on October 21, 1999
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Barbara Brown Taylor is a captivating preacher! This book of sermons gives the reader a new way to think about age-old topics (as with her other books). This is the perfect way to start the day!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SKF on August 1, 2007
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This is, without a doubt, the best sermons by the best preacher I have ever heard. Having had the pleasure of attending classes given by Barbara, and having heard her preach several times, this book has become a classic in my gift giving arsenal. Read it, and you will never think of grits the same way again, you'll have a new outlook on 'family values', and new understanding of 'we don't dance' and a new readinng for Christmas Eve (have handkerchief handy...if the tears don't come, there's something the matter with the reader.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jane on January 13, 2013
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I love Barbara Brown Taylor's books...and especially enjoy reading her sermons as a part of my daily devotions. She is so down to earth, and expresses spiritual issues in memorable, visual, today concepts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura P. on January 26, 2013
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I like to read her sermons after work in the evening, like a devotional thought. I highly recommend it for all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 21, 2007
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Great collection of sermons by an unusually gifted writer. Liked it so well trhat I have purchased from Amazon six additional copies for gifts.
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More About the Author

Barbara Brown Taylor's last book, An Altar in the World, was a New York Times bestseller that received the Silver Nautilus Award in 2012. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, received an Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association and won the Theologos Award for best general interest book of 2006. Taylor spent fifteen years in parish ministry before becoming the Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College, where she has taught world religions since 1998. She lives on a working farm in rural north Georgia with her husband Ed.

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