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My lovely wife Beth and I own and operate--proprietors makes us sound more classy than we really are--a cluttered, diverse and independent bookstore in Central Pennsylvania. After well over 20 years, we are still not sure what to say when people ask if our shop is a "Christian bookstore." I do a monthly book review column over at our website; we hope that these new blogged bits will afford friends and customers the chance to see other books I happen to be reading, wishing to read, pretending that I read or at least believe that others should, if not read, know about. We have three children, attend a Presbyterian church in York, PA and have no hobbies.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Frederick Buechner on Barbara Brown Taylor

Yesterday, I reviewed Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith by one of our favorite writers, Barbara Brown Taylor. I noted a sadness I have about it, near the end, but this surely is no reason not to get it; it will be one of the most talked about books of the year and will be a memoir of pastoral life that will endure. Buechner, Gomes & Jones may be a far ways from her working farm in rural Habersham County, Georgia, but these quotes are so nice, I wanted to share them with you. Enjoy.

Barbara Brown Taylor's beautiful book is rich with wit and humanness and honesty and loving detail. It is a book about the wonderful mess of being alive in this world, and about the wonderful and terrible things that happen to us in it, and about the dream of God…. I cannot overstate how liberating and transforming I have found Leaving Church to be.
Frederick Buechner

How fortunate we are that Barbara Brown Taylor is here yet to remind us ‘that the call to serve God is first and last the call to be fully human.’ This memoir redeems the form and is full of surprises to those who may have grown tired of ‘church.’ In her renewal is our own; and wherever she is, she still preaches.
Peter J. Gomes, Harvard University

A fiercely honest and gracious book about our primary vocation to be human. Here the reader will find an awesome reverence for mystery. This book comes as a refreshing challenge to reconnect with the longings in the depths of the soul. Many will read this book with relief and recognition.
Alan Jones, Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

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