Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Barbara Brown Taylor in conversation with Betsy Coughlin.
Barbara Brown Taylor, beloved spiritual teacher and New York Times bestselling author, specializes in helping us find the sacred in unexpected places. In Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, she continues to do that, contemplating the many ways she encountered sacred reality while teaching a college course on the world religions to students in rural Georgia.
Christians are taught that God is everywhere—a tenet that is central to Barbara Brown Taylor’s life and faith. In her multi faith class, Barbara introduces her students to different religious traditions and accompanies them on site visits to a variety of worship and study centers. Both she and her students ponder how the knowledge and insights they have gained raise important questions about belief and how different practices relate to their own faith. Throughout Holy Envy, Barbara weaves together stories from her classroom with reflections on how her own journey has been challenged and renewed by connecting with people of other traditions—and by meeting God in her communion with them.
Barbara Brown Taylor is the author of fourteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers An Altar in the World, which received a 2012 Silver Nautilus award; Learning to Walk in the Dark, which was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Religion Books of 2014 and received a 2015 Living Now Book Award, and Leaving Church, which received an Author of the Year Award from the Georgia Writers Association. She has received major media acclaim and has been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, as well as Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday”. She lives on a working farm in rural northeast Georgia with her husband Ed.