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March 12, today, is an exciting day for Barbara Brown Taylor readers. It is the release date for her newest book Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others.

Holy Envy  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 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, she returns to her own Christian 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, Barbara takes heart in how often God chooses outsiders to teach insiders how out-of-bounds God really is.

Throughout  Holy Envy, Barbara 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.

Check out Barbara's new book, read her recent article My holy envy of other faith traditions in Christian Century magazine, and then register for AwakeningSoul 2019 to spend a weekend with Barbara, Jacqui Lewis, Larry Maze and the AwakeningSoul Ensemble.

A WAKENING S OUL 2019


In This Great River
Presence, Deep Listening, and Discernment


November 7-10, 2019
Lutheridge Conference Center
Asheville, NC

Barbara Brown Taylor
acclaimed preacher and best selling author of Leaving Church , Altar in the World , Learning to Walk in the Dark , and soon to be released Holy Envy

Jacqui Lewis
activist, preacher, teacher, and fierce advocate for justice and equality,
Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church, NYC

Larry Maze
retired bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas, faculty member at the Haden Institute’s Dream and Spirituality Conference. Larry will once again host our ‘armchair conversations.’
and of course, live music by the
 AwakeningSoul Ensemble






AwakeningSoul Is the collaborative partnership of Fran McKendree and Ann Holtz. Fran is a gifted musician based in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Ann is both a spiritual director and an independent consultant. She lives in Waynesville, NC. Together they have formed AwakeningSoul to offer spiritual events to feed hungry souls. Ann can be reached at annawakening@gmail.com or 865-414-8509 .

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