Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor

By the Rev. Carol Petty

Learning to Walk in the Dark

People go to tremendous lengths to escape darkness–literal or metaphorical. We much prefer light. Perhaps our aversion to darkness results from the historic Christian teaching that darkness equals evil. And yet, the Biblical narrative abounds with stories revealing that God does mighty works in the dark: creating the world; passing over the homes of the Israelites; leading Israel by a pillar of fire, to name just a few. The Psalmist exerts (Ps. 139:12) that even darkness is not dark to God..

If God is as present in darkness as in light, there are surely lessons to be learned there. Important lessons. Taylor writes “I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.” In this book, Taylor leads readers through her personal exploration of darkness, inviting us along to explore our own relationship with darkness and the God who dwells there.

Barbara Brown Taylor is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, an Episcopal priest, and the Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College, where she has taught world religions since 1998.