One of America's most renowned and beloved preachers eloquently tells the moving and delightful story of her search for her own authentic way of being Christian, even when it meant giving up her pulpit. Through the struggles starting and sustaining a small church in rural north Georgia, Barbara Brown Taylor's journey from city to country, from full--time ministry to university professor is insightful, humorous, and wonderfully human. After ten years in a big urban church, Taylor arrives in Clarkesville (population 1500) to discover that she is one of the few professional women in town as well as the only woman in charge of a congregation. After five and a half years, and significant church growth, she finds herself with "compassion fatigue," and when an offer comes to leave the church for an opening in the department of religion and philosophy at a local college, Taylor jumps at the chance, despite her feelings that she is betraying the church and losing a part of her identity. Academic life challenges her faith in new ways as Taylor is reminded of the deep, nagging questions in the Christian story. Even though she has "left the church," Taylor realizes it is possible to "keep the faith," although not in a way that will fit back inside the orthodox Christian box. Anyone who has experienced doubts about his or her chosen vocation, or those who are drawn to worship God in community but who have a hard time finding a church that speaks to their real questions about faith in the twenty--first century, will find a kindred spirit in Taylor.