Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others

Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others Review

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 traditions—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 God—a change that ultimately enriches her faith in other human beings and in God.

 

Title:Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others

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  • Rebecca

    (3.5) After she left the pastorate, Taylor taught Religion 101 at Piedmont College, a small Georgia institution, for 20 years. This book arose from what she learned about other religions – and about...

  • Michael Austin

    Barbara Brown Taylor is perhaps the best thinker and writer that I ever blew the chance to hear live. Several years ago, I attended a conference at which she and Miroslov Volf were the featured speake...

  • Charity

    If you want to have some aspects of Christian elitism challenged, read this book.If you want to face up to the fact that we are not always right, read this book.If you want to find more understanding ...

  • Elyssa Gooding

    An open messageThis book is well written and expansive. I find the message to bring more questions than answers and that is a good thing. I recommend this for anyone who is interested in living peacef...

  • Hannah Smith

    I was expecting something a little more academic on comparative religion. However, Holy Envy is one of the most important memoirs I have ever read....

  • Matt

    Over the years I have had the opportunity to experience from time to time the worship styles and expressions of faith of other religions. In each instance, I have left feeling much richer for the expe...

  • Stephen Kramar

    I found this book fascinating. The questions the author has struggled with mirror many of the ones I struggle with. I am not sure I agree with all her conclusions, but she has certainly opened my eyes...

  • David Jordan

    As an enthusiastic reader of all this author’s work, it isn’t even a little surprising that I love this one as much as I do. Brown Taylor’s spiritual journey is reminiscent of my own, and I foun...

  • Rachel

    Another amazing book from BBT. I love the idea of deepening our own faith by learning about the beliefs and practices of other religions. Stripping away religious language and really examining what we...

  • Dnicebear

    One of Ms Brown Taylor's students answered the question on the final exam like this:"When the imam told us...is my holy envy. He told us how he doesn't wish to convert us to Islam. He just wants us to...