Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others

by Barbara Brown Taylor

Paperback, 2020





Christian Nonfiction. Religion & Spirituality. Self-Improvement. Nonfiction. HTML: The renowned and beloved New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching the world's religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations. Barbara Brown Taylor continues her spiritual journey begun in Leaving Church of finding out what the world looks like after taking off her clergy collar. In Holy Envy, she contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students' eyes as she sets off with them on field trips to monasteries, temples, and mosques. Troubled and inspired by what she learns, Taylor returns to her own tradition for guidance, finding new meaning in old teachings that have too often been used to exclude religious strangers instead of embracing the divine challenges they present. Re-imagining some central stories from the religion she knows best, she takes heart in how often God chooses outsiders to teach insiders how out-of-bounds God really is. Throughout Holy Envy, Taylor weaves together stories from the classroom with reflections on how her own spiritual journey has been complicated and renewed by connecting with people of other traditionsā??even those whose truths are quite different from hers. The one constant in her odyssey is the sense that God is the one calling her to disown her version of Godā??a change that ultimately enriches her faith in other human beings and in God… (more)


HarperOne (2020), Edition: Reprint, 256 pages


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LibraryThing member Jim53
Taylor describes her experiences teaching a World Religions course and meditates on its meaning for her own spirituality. She finds much to admire in each of the five major world religions; so much so that a student feels compelled to drop her class because she wasn't pointing out where the
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non-Christian religions were in error. She envies the ferocious mysticism of the Sufis and the focus of Judaism on good works. She loves the imam who says that he does not want to convert them to Islam; he wants them to be better Christians, Hindus, or whatever they already are. She reflects on the need of some religions to make others wrong so that they can be right. Throughout she displays an admirable humility about her own knowledge and depth. That humility, I think, is what makes it possible for her to see the attractiveness in other ways of looking at God. In the end, her focus is on finding the best ways to love her neighbor, especially those neighbors who are spiritual strangers.
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LibraryThing member Elizabeth80
WOW! Much to think about. The author may become one of my favorites. She at least helped me get through this election day, 2020. Definitely a keeper.
LibraryThing member megacool24
A good sequal

A great continuation of Leaving Church, that follows the author as she teaches a college course on world religions. A very good read.
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