Intro post to An Altar in the World {Book Club + Give Away}

Not just any book could follow-up Kimberlee Conway Ireton’s Cracking Up . Right? What a month we’ve had. Wow. Kimberlee’s words brought us the vocabulary of “grace notes” and leaning hard into negative emotions and experiences such as depression and envy. She helped point us to God and others in our lives. So, not just any book was going to do for us. Thankfully An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor is, I believe, the perfect follow-up to Cracking Up.

We believe this so strongly we are giving away FIVE copies of the book!

This is not a book to rush through and every chapter is worthy of it’s own focus. The 12 chapters are:

1. The practice of waking up to God
2. The practice of paying attention
3. The practice of wearing skin
4. The practice of walking on the earth
5. The practice of getting lost
6. The practice of encountering others
7. The practice of living with purpose
8. The practice of saying no
9. The practice of carry water
10. The practice of feeling pain
11. The practice of being present to God
12. The practice of pronouncing blessings

You can see why we can’t just race through this, can’t you?! This is the kind of book where you can say “This practice is my favorite!” and then you read another chapter and find yourself say, “No, this practice is my favorite!” So much here for discussion and application in our real (and messy and beautiful) lives. I can’t wait to get started!

We’re jumping in next week with the intro and Chapter 1: the practice of waking up to God. Such a good place to start!

We are excited that we are again able to offer  FIVE free copies of the book! To be announced in The Grove. To be eligible to enter leave a comment sharing and let us know which of these practices intrigues you or catches your eye. And maybe YOU will win a free copy!

See you in the comments!

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  1. Davita September 29, 2014

    The practice of wearing skin sounds interesting. Can’t quite imagine what that would be.

    Probably the practice of living with purpose sounds the most relevant at this point in my life, though. 🙂

  2. Raquel September 29, 2014

    The practice of carry water just makes me wonder whaaaaat???

    But the practice of getting lost definitely makes me want to dive in! 🙂

  3. Lisa B. September 29, 2014

    This looks like an amazing book!  The practice of paying attention catches my eye, as I want to see what God is doing in the world around me. I just heard a spoken word prayer asking God to help us pay attention, and I feel called personally to lay down my own agenda and pay attention to His agenda.  I would love to win this free book!

  4. Naomi September 29, 2014

    Each one looks very interesting and caught my attention. With that being said, I am intrigued by the practice of carrying water.  iIt seems like a very thought provoking book and caught cause a paradigm shift.  It would be great to have the chance to read it.

  5. Michelle September 29, 2014

    The practice of getting lost is the one that caught my eye since I don’t like to be lost but no it will happen anyway.

  6. Nikki September 29, 2014

    The “getting lost” chapter catches my eye.

  7. Karin September 29, 2014

    The practice of carrying water interests me, but so does getting lost, wearing skin and feeling pain.  Looks like a interesting read!

  8. maggie September 29, 2014

    I like the idea of waking up to God– being immediately focused on what’s important would be a great way to start every day.

  9. Christine September 29, 2014

    I have been enjoying reading the blogs on my email.  This will be my first comment and that is because I am interested in this new book.  I have developed my own practices on some of those topics, but I am intrigued with “wearing skin” and “carrying water”.

  10. miranda September 29, 2014

    The practice of waking up to God sounds awesome. Our relationship with Him is number one and I believe that if we have our eyes on Him then we will have true peace and freedom no our matter our circumstances. This is something that I want to spend every day of my life growing deeper in.

  11. Laura Beth September 29, 2014

    Waking up to God sounds perfect to me!

  12. Jaime September 29, 2014

    The practice of getting lost is what caught my eye, but I think the practice of saying no might be the one I need to work on the most.

  13. Kim September 29, 2014

    The practical of wearing skin intrigues me possibly speaks of vulnerability.  Thanks for the chance!

  14. Jennifer September 30, 2014

    For me: The practice of feeling pain and The practice of being present to God

  15. Amanda September 30, 2014

    Looking forward to the read.  The practice of feeling pain is something that I am learning.

  16. Sharee September 30, 2014

    The practice of feeling pain. Doesn’t sound like something you’d regularly want to practice.

  17. Amy September 30, 2014

    My usual routine is wake up to “Instagram”. Now that its blocked….thinking of starting a new routine…so waking up to God seems to be a good fit! Serious though. As a mom of 3, i have about 5 minutes in the morning to myself, and i would love to use them to get my heart in the right place for the day.

    The others seem so mysterious too…carrying water, wearing skin.  Looking forward to it!


    1. Brittany October 1, 2014

      Yup, it’s Facebook for me.  The first thing I want to do when I wake up is connect with the world that is 8 hours behind me.  Ugh.  But I so want my first thought and practice to be waking up to God!

  18. morielle September 30, 2014

    the practice of saying no!i am hoping that chapter goes deeper than we should say no to ta;e care of ou r se

  19. Heather September 30, 2014

    Each title is intriguing, looking forward to adopting the author’s lingo and already preparing for the task of how to translate these ideas into my other language with my national friends.

  20. Sherri September 30, 2014

    The practice of paying attention struck me. I have been meditating on this a lot lately, as we’ve just switched to another country and another language group. I need to pay attention to cultural clues and the language more. It is a challenge in our distracted, ads everywhere world to pay attention and notice what’s around us.

  21. Malia September 30, 2014

    Both the practice of getting lost and carrying water sound so interesting to me! I’m excited about going through this book here. Thanks, Amy!

  22. Elizabeth September 30, 2014

    The practice of carrying water catches my attention! I see girls and women here, everyday, carrying water on their heads and am always amazed at their strength and graceful movements as they do so.

    Looking forward to this read and anticipating being blessed as I was with Cracking Up.

  23. Michelle September 30, 2014

    Getting lost interested me.  Sometimes I just wish I could…

  24. Marie September 30, 2014


    I have a horrible sense of direction. My children often ask me, “Mommy, are we lost again?” My reply is always “Yes, but I prefer to think of it as an adventure”. So, naturally the chapter titled the practice of getting lost piques my interest.   


  25. Ashley Lenne September 30, 2014

    Can I be honest? I just want more of Jesus. I need more of Jesus. And each chapter will help me to experience Him more…

  26. Sarah W September 30, 2014

    The practice of wearing skin and the practice of feeling pain both sound intriguing to me!

  27. Jenny September 30, 2014

    This book looks great!  All of the chapters look like they will be relevant and challenging.  The one that catches my attention is the practice of being present to God.

  28. Karen Huber September 30, 2014

    I am very intrigued by “The practice of getting lost.” And wearing skin, too… 🙂

  29. Ruth September 30, 2014

    Hmm, good job getting us hooked.  I am interested in the practice of paying attention.  I feel like I miss so much because I am trying to pay attention to so many different things at once and don’t really focus on any of them.

  30. Clarissa September 30, 2014

    The practice of encountering others intrigues me 🙂

  31. Grace L September 30, 2014

    For me, The practice of being present to God really interests me. I am intrigued by this book and look forward to reading it along with all of you. This will be my first book to really follow along with.

  32. Polly September 30, 2014

    The practice of pronouncing blessings.

  33. Stacey September 30, 2014

    The practice of walking on this earth, feeling pain, and being present to God. I am quite interested in reading how someone else perceives how these three ideas weave together, especially in context with all those other practices.

  34. T September 30, 2014

    wearing skin and carrying water sound interesting!

  35. Christy J September 30, 2014

    I am interested in the practice of pronouncing blessings. In studying Genesis with my students, we were talking about it, and a roommate of mine just went to a baby naming ceremony here where she needed to say a blessing over the child, so I’ve been curious about what this kind of thing looks like today and how I might integrate more of this in my life and my relationships.

  36. Lisette September 30, 2014

    The practice of being present to God, but honestly, they all sounds intriguing.

  37. Annalisa September 30, 2014

    I think lots of us have a problem with “the practice of saying no,” but I agree that “the practice of wearing skin” has me raising an eyebrow.  Without knowing what it’s about, “the practice of encountering others” seems to have my name on it.

  38. Lynn October 1, 2014

    The practice of getting lost sounds fun.  I haven’t done a book club with you all, but this looks like an interesting book.

  39. Brittany October 1, 2014

    It all sounds so good!  I can’t wait to read this one!  These are all practices I want to develop more in my life.  Especially waking up to God and being present to Him.

  40. Celena October 1, 2014

    The practice of getting lost sounds mysterious. Could it be getting lost so that I can be found by Him?!

  41. Phyllis October 2, 2014

    “The practice of carry water” makes me wonder what it is, so that’s the one that catches my eye.

  42. JM October 4, 2014

    The practice of carry water sounds intriguing

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