An Altar in the World : Finding the Sacred Beneath Our Feet, Paperback

An Altar in the World : Finding the Sacred Beneath Our Feet Paperback

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The prize winning writer Barbara Brown Taylor opens this stunningly beautiful book by considering a comment that many people make today, 'I'm not really religious but I am spiritual.' While they will often go to extraordinary lengths in search of a 'spiritual experience' she shows that the stuff of our everyday lives is a holy ground where we can encounter God at every turn.

For her, as for Jacob in the Genesis story that opens this book, even barren, empty deserts can become 'the house of God and the gate of heaven' - places where a ladder of angels connects heaven to earth and earth to heaven.

Our lives are full of such meeting places. In simple practices such as walking, working, resting and waking, Taylor reveals concrete ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see.

Our vision of the world and of ourselves is renewed and transformed.

This ancient spiritual understanding is found throughout the Bible, in Celtic and other great spiritual traditions.

As it is explored afresh for our own times we discover that no physical act is too earthbound or too humble to become a path to the divine.




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Great book about paying attention in life, living to the fullest and experiencing the sacred in everything that we do. I highly recommend this book.

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Someone proposed a group read on the Christianity forum a while back but it never really got off the ground. This was the book. I read a couple of chapters but just found it totally wishy washy. Not my kind of book at all.

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