There are books that feel like an instant and perfect fit in your hands. You seek them out, and hold them in a firm grasp, in part because so many people you love and trust have told you to ingest their words. You’re also drawn to the title, and a few vivid paragraphs from the introduction. You remember the specific moment you turned to the first page, and couldn’t put it down. You vacillate between devouring the words almost immediately, and forcing yourself to go slowly, so as to prolong your first read through from cover to cover.
An Altar In The World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor is one of those books.