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Taylor is extraordinarily skillful at bringing the biblical message to life and linking it to human experience. She does not hover on the surface of either text or experience, but instead probes both deeply, bringing text into ever broader and deeper resonances with life and vice versa. She possesses an imaginative vision revealed in her attention to detail―she paints concrete biblical portraits and landscapes and then invites readers in. She makes the bible stories seem ‘real' in compelling ways. In effect, she tells us that the lives and struggles of these colorful characters from millennia ago are not all that different from our own. (Anglican Theological Review)

Sermons have been thought of as an art form for a very long time, but rarely have they been pure storytelling. Stories have embellished sermons for a variety of reasons and in this way have served to edify, inform, and inspire. Professor/priest Barbara Brown Taylor has elevated the pure story form and given it a new place in the pulpit. And she does it with the skills required of storytellers. . . . One would hope that this book will start a revolution in homiletics. (Christianity and The Arts)

Another set of superb sermons by an Episcopal priest known for her preaching. These read remarkably well for what is meant to be an oral form. Hearing them must be a gift of another kind, a gift this reader would dearly like to have. (Sisters Today)

Taylor brings several extraordinary gifts together in this book. She is a first-class storyteller, a wonderful writer and rewriter of her sermons. . . . Barbara Brown Taylor has worked and worked to become as good as she is. Those of us who preach should read and study what she does with texts and stories. Those who sit in the pew will find these sermons quite wonderful. (Episcopal Life)

Barbara Brown Taylor is a dynamic, skilled storyteller. Her crisp, down-to-earth language is engaging, provocative, and accessible to the widest possible audience―a sine qua non of good worship. (Anglican Theological Review)

Convicted of our constrictedness as human beings and our exceptional possibilities as children of God, Barbara Brown Taylor provides an invitation, a map to follow, and ideas, images, and topographies to companion us on our journey. (Encounter)

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, Home By Another Way, The Luminous Web, Speaking of Sin, and Gospel Medicine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications (January 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561011673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561011674
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My infant son died two days after he was born. Where was God in all of this? I went to God for both comfort and hope, but I found myself also feeling angry at Him. I wanted to know Him better. The lectures in this book opened my eyes to a God that is full of love and compassion. I found this book to be helpful in my healing and helpful in reconnecting me with my God. Many times I refer to this book to find hope. In particular, there is one sermon titled "Life Giving Fear" that talked about suffering and pain, and where is God in all that. Through this sermon and the scriptures shared, I've come to realize there is no connection between sin and suffering. This book is wonderful. I continue to read it to help me in my relationship with God and my spiritual healing.
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My infant son died two days after he was born. Where was God in all of this? I went to God for both comfort and hope, but I found myself also feeling angry at Him. I wanted to know Him better. The lectures in this book opened my eyes to a God that is full of love and compassion. I found this book to be helpful in my healing and helpful in reconnecting me with my God. Many times I refer to this book to find hope. In particular, there is one sermon titled "Life Giving Fear" that talked about suffering and pain, and where is God in all that. Through this sermon and the scriptures shared, I've come to realize there is no connection between sin and suffering. This book is wonderful. I continue to read it to help me in my relationship with God and my spiritual healing.
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If you enjoy Barbara Brown Taylor's style of down-home wisdom and exposition on biblical texts, this is another worthy volume to add to your personal library. This book is a compilation of sermons that takes one through the various seasons unique to the Church. It is refreshing to reflect upon the texts that she has chosen-to hear anew the good news.
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Home By Another Way is a series of sermons by Barbara Brown Taylor, organized around the seasons of the liturgical year. For my money, Taylor is the most insightful, empathetic and humane preacher around today. Her sermons lead us down paths where we travel inside our souls to discover the power and challenges of life move to percolate and be resolved. She brings the power of God into play in our daily lives.

When I first started this book, I read a number of sermons together. I decided that this was not appropriate. This book should be savored, reading maybe one sermon a day. This allows time for meditation and contemplation.
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Not long ago I confessed to a dear friend. I reminded Milly that I review some sermon books without reading every sermon! After she had gasped, uttering words of disbelief, I explained that few books of even short sermons contain equally good sermons. On first hearing Barbara Brown, attending the Lectionary Homiletics Conference I remember how I was stirred emotionally, mentally, and spiritually with her dramatic imagination. I was seized by her creative images from the stories in whatever passage of scripture she had chosen.

On hearing her lectures about Job, I definitely looked forward to reading "Home By Another Way." Here I found one earlier excerpts, entitled, "Out of the Whirlwind." This is one of a few sermons in which she quotes from two sources, in those early lectures. I was impressed by friend, John Claypool's tributes to her "rare constellation of gifts: intellectual carefulness and depth," all coupled with an artistic sense of image-making. That alone speaks volumes!

With my usual skipping over a few sermons, I was most attracted to: "God's Beloved Thief, Home by Another Way, God's Ferris Wheel, Lenten Disciples, A Tale of Two Heretics, Life Giving Fear(from time in CPE) "It Is Finished, Out of Whirlwind, Bothering God." Most were notable for looking up-close at her perspective with intimate viewpoints by using tough disclaimers! They often appeared in beginings, mid-way or near her ending. There is one unique hitch in her re-telling the basic story: she often adds a touch of creative imagination to develop the problem with clever resolution relating to basic forgivness of weakness, judgement, or justice,

Placed within all ten books, I designate this one in being near the top of her Lectures and Sermons. From a semi-retired admirer and retired Chaplain, Fred W Hood
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After reading quotes by Barbara Brown Taylor in a couple of other books, I checked out her book on Amazon and found it fascinating reading. I ordered the book and found it to be my own spiritual journey in another life. I couldn't put it down. It is full of expressions of her faith experience that speaks to my own. If you find yourself on the outskirts of the mainstream denominations of the Christian faith, you may find Taylor's book helpful in describing your own parameters of your faith journey.
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Barbara Taylor Brown has an easy writing style that's easy to read and enjoy. She uses language and illustrations that make contact and keep you interested. I recommend any and all of her efforts. It will be money well spent.
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Wonderful book. I read a sermon a day and am amazed at the author's knowledge, vision, and expression. KA
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