CLARKESVILLE - As if being featured on the cover of Time magazine was not enough, the Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor of Clarkesville has also been named to Time's annual list of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World."
The current issue of Time features Taylor's newest book, "Learning to Walk in the Dark," which is already on its way to becoming a runaway best seller. (See earlier story. First link below.) Then Time announced that the May 5 issue (which goes on sale April 25) will include Taylor in its list of the world's 100 most influential people. (Second link.)
For the Time 100 List, correspondent Elizabeth Dias writes that "Few souls are as synched to the world's mysteries as Barbara Brown Taylor's. An acclaimed Episcopal preacher and best-selling author, Taylor lives quietly on her farm in northern Georgia, writing spiritual nonfiction that rivals the poetic power of C.S. Lewis and Frederick Buechner."
Taylor is the Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College and an Episcopal priest since 1984. Her first memoir, "Leaving Church," met with widespread critical acclaim, winning a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association.
In "Learning to Walk in the Dark," Taylor urges believers and nonbelievers alike to dive into the deepest shadows of their lives in order to confront their worst fears and to find strength for life's journey. In the process, she adds, their faith may deepen. "If you are in the dark, it does not mean that you have failed and that you have taken some terrible misstep," she says. "For many years, I thought my questions and my doubt and my sense of God's absence were all signs of my lack of faith, but now I know this is the way the life of the spirit goes."