June Book Club: Learning to Walk in the Dark

I’m late announcing June’s Book Club selection (sorry!), but it took me so damn long to get through May’s selection (that I really hated). We’ll discuss May’s book, ‘Birdman’, on Monday. But if you’re keeping up with book club around here (#LYBIbookclub on FB, Twitter & Instagram), I choose a book towards the end of each month for the following month and then we’ll dicuss that book on the last day of the month (last weekday typically). If you want to read past selections, scroll on the right hand side to “Topics to Peruse” and select LYBI Book Club. It’ll pull the past selections and discussions.Learning to Walk in the Dark

So moving on, I’m really excited about the June selection from Barbara Brown Taylor. “Learning to Walk in the Dark” is not her first book, but there is something about her writing and her…theology that really resonates with me. Already. So that is really cool. Maybe it’s the way she sets scenes or maybe it is because she and I appear to share similar feelings about the world, but I can’t wait to dig deeper into this book and discuss at the end of June. Plus she’ll be coming to Columbia

This is what Amazon says about the book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark provides a way to find spirituality in those times when we don’t have all the answers.

Taylor has become increasingly uncomfortable with our tendency to associate all that is good with lightness and all that is evil and dangerous with darkness. Doesn’t God work in the nighttime as well? In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us “in the dark.” She argues that we need to move away from our “solar spirituality” and ease our way into appreciating “lunar spirituality” (since, like the moon, our experience of the light waxes and wanes). Through darkness we find courage, we understand the world in new ways, and we feel God’s presence around us, guiding us through things seen and unseen. Often, it is while we are in the dark that we grow the most.

With her characteristic charm and literary wisdom, Taylor is our guide through a spirituality of the nighttime, teaching us how to find our footing in times of uncertainty and giving us strength and hope to face all of life’s challenging moments.barbara-brown-taylor-time-100-feat1

BBT will also be at Trinity Cathedral here in Columbia to discuss the book herself (plus wine and cheese, since we’re Episcopalians) on June 25th (info here).

BBT was also selected as one of TIME Magazines top 100 Influential People, so read along with this one, no matter if your faith/spirituality is present, absent, or just simply doing it’s own thing that’s not my business. We’ll discuss at the end of June! In the meantime, Happy Friday, folks!

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