Learning to Walk in the Dark (2014)
By Barbara Brown Taylor
Harper Collins Publishers, New York NY USA
From an early age, I have preferred daytime rather than nighttime, sought out light and feared the dark. Anything I didn’t like was “dark.” I had come to a grudging acceptance of darkness – if only because, all over the planet, we have darkness and light in equal measure so there must be some point to it! This book helped me embrace darkness and light.
In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor talks of her journey of exploring and learning to appreciate darkness – literal physical darkness as well dark sides of human nature. She even discovers how our physical well-being and our entire lives do not work if we are always in the light.
“When, despite all my best efforts, the lights have gone off in my life… I have not died. The monsters have not dragged me out of bed into their lair… Instead, 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… There is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need Light.”
By the end of the book, I too was embracing darkness and that has changed everything! I didn’t want this book to be over and still keep it within reach.