Leaving Church

  • by Barbara Brown Taylor
  • Narrated by Karen Saltus
  • 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After nine years serving on the staff of a big urban church in Atlanta, Barbara Brown Taylor arrives in rural Clarkesville, Georgia (population 1,500), following her dream to become the pastor of her own small congregation. The adjustment from city life to country dweller is something of a shock - Taylor is one of the only professional women in the community - but small-town life offers many of its own unique joys. Taylor has five successful years that see significant growth in the church she serves, but ultimately she finds herself experiencing "compassion fatigue" and wonders what exactly God has called her to do. She realizes that in order to keep her faith she may have to leave.
Taylor describes a rich spiritual journey in which God has given her more questions than answers. As she becomes part of the flock instead of the shepherd, she describes her poignant and sincere struggle to regain her footing in the world without her defining collar. Taylor's realization that this may in fact be God's surprising path for her leads her to a refreshing search to find Him in new places. Leaving Church will remind even the most skeptical among us that life is about both disappointment and hope - and ultimately, renewal.

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Barbara Brown Taylor at her best

What made the experience of listening to Leaving Church the most enjoyable?

The writers experiences are relevant and applicable for a Christian seeking to actually follow Jesus of Nazereth in 21st century America


Who was your favorite character and why?

The author herself


Which scene was your favorite?

Her surprise that God's beautiful world of nature is still there to inspire if one looks hard enough


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is great to know others are on the same pilgrimage


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- Illini Two

Worth the listen

I listened to Barbara Brown Taylor read her book, Learning to Walk in the Dark before I listened to this book. This one doesn't have as tight prose, but it's still good with lots of good stuff in it. Also, the reader was a little more saccharine? naive? than I prefer for the content, but that might just be because of how I expect that Barbara Brown Taylor would have read.
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- Lena Warren

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2011
  • Publisher: HarperAudio