Looking for something to read during Lent?
Look no further. St. John’s annual Lenten Book Read is here.
The selection this year is Barbara Brown Taylor’s 2010 New York Times bestseller, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith.
In her prior book, Leaving Church, Barbara Brown Taylor delved into her decision to leave full-time ministry to become a professor. In her newer book, Taylor shares how she is able to encounter God far beyond the walls of any church. As she writes in the book,
“People encounter God under shady oak trees, on riverbanks, at the tops of mountains, and in long stretches of barren wilderness. God shows up in whirlwinds, starry skies, burning bushes, and perfect strangers. When people want to know more about God, the son of God tells them to pay attention to the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, to women kneading bread and workers lining up for their pay. Whoever wrote this stuff believed that people could learn as much about the ways of God from paying attention to the world as they could from paying attention to scripture. What is true is what happens, even if what happens is not always right. People can learn as much about the ways of God from business deals gone bad or sparrows falling to the ground as they can from reciting the books of the Bible in order. They can learn as much from a love affair or a wildflower as they can from knowing the Ten Commandments by heart.”
You can get a copy of the book from The Reverend Barbara Mraz‘s office or in the back of the church. A $12.00 contribution per copy is welcome.
Pick up a book, and enjoy your Lenten Read.