Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others

Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others

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
ISBN:9780062406583
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  • Katelyn Beaty

    I’ll start by saying that the aims of this book are admirable, given Western Christians’ general ignorance of what people of other faith traditions believe and/or their unwillingness to learn. I a...

  • 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 ...

  • Melora

    I haven't been "wow-ed" by all Barbara Brown Taylor's books -- some of them have seemed a bit fluffy -- but this is a good one. While I don't agree with everything she says, I do agree with her mostly...

  • 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...

  • Ivonne Rovira

    “Holy envy” is what author and Episcopal priest Barbara Taylor Brown calls the appreciation of the best of religions other than one’s own. While so many fear that learning about other major reli...

  • Jennifer

    I really love this book.Here are some of my favorite quotes:“Ask anyone what she means when she says 'God' and chances are that you will learn a lot more about that person than you will learn about ...

  • 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...

  • Julianna

    Reviewed for THC Reviews"4.5 star" Holy Envy was our latest book club pick. It’s part memoir as Barbara Brown Taylor details, to some extent, her time as a professor of world religions at Piedmont C...

  • Krista

    I found this book to be incredibly enlightening. I don't agree with everything the author writes, but I find her goal honorable because for the most part her entire narrative is based around this prec...