Books

Death Comes for the Deconstructionist
Wipf and Stock (2014)

Daniel Taylor: “The novel follows a hapless, haunted, faux detective with a mentally disabled side-kick sister looking to solve the murder of a former professor of his. (My wife and I ran a group home full of ‘challenged’ adults with mental disabilities for three years, and one of them is a model for Judy in the novel.) In telling this fictional story, I have learned to love the sidekick sister—and her stammering love for her damaged brother—just as I loved many years ago the afflicted woman on whom the character is based.”
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THE SKEPTICAL BELIEVER: Telling Stories to Your Inner Atheist
Bog Walk Press, 2013. (ISBN 978-0-9706511-5-0).

Daniel Taylor: “When it comes to God, there are believers and there are skeptics. But there are also Skeptical Believers, a particular kind of believer who lives with an Inner Atheist that is constantly raising objections. The Skeptical Believer is a book about making peace with your Inner Atheist, and about working out useful responses to questions that have no definitive answers. It steers a middle course between the modernist conviction that faith is agreement with a set of statements about God and the postmodernist assertion that religious faith is just one story among many, no more or less true than any other. The Skeptical Believer proposes that one can live a rich and meaningful life of faith without proof (and despite the weaknesses of the church) by seeing oneself as a character within an ancient story. As believers, skeptical or otherwise, always have.”
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CREATING A SPIRITUAL LEGACY: Passing On Your Stories, Values, And Wisdom
Brazos, 2011. (ISBN 978-1-58743-275-0)

Daniel Taylor: “A spiritual legacy is the passing of wisdom from one person to another, and it is your single most important possession. Your spiritual legacy is largely tied up in the stories that flow from your life experiences and includes anything you have learned about how life works and what is important. This book, building on the interest in story in all my writing, encourages people (of all ages) to tell the stories of their life—for the benefit of those they care about—and gives practical advice on how to do so.”
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IN SEARCH OF SACRED PLACES: Looking For Wisdom On Celtic Holy Islands
Bog Walk Press, 2005. (ISBN 978-0970651112)

Daniel Taylor: “This is my favorite of the books I’ve written, and it’s about a new favorite topic in my life—Celtic Christianity. Okay, so I discovered it twenty years after everyone else of my generation did. The thing that I hope makes this work something other than a re-hash is the interplay between timeless truths (and questions) and a particular life on a particular journey. The hope is that what I find in these out of the way places for my life will be something that the reader finds valuable for his or her own.”
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IS GOD INTOLERANT? Christian Thinking About The Call For Tolerance
Bog Walk Press (previously published by Tyndale House Publishers, 2003). (ISBN 978-0842354394)

Daniel Taylor: “This book grew out of an article I wrote for Christianity Today. It attempts to help Christians think wisely and compassionately about the universal call for tolerance in our time. It explores the changing definitions of tolerance and suggests that Christians can rightfully resist some forms of the tolerance demand, but only if they understand that they are called to a more challenging standard.”
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BEFORE THEIR TIME: Lessons In Living From Those Born Too Soon
InterVarsity Press, 2000. (ISBN 978-0830822652)

Daniel Taylor: “I co-authored this book with my great friend Dr. Ron Hoekstra to tell the stories of some of the severely premature babies for whom he cares. Entering the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) is like entering a parallel universe, one that orbits around the smallest of human beings. Being involved for a year or so with these doctors and nurses and infants–and speaking at length with the parents–challenged my mind, my values, and my heart.”
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TELL ME A STORY: The Life-Shaping Power Of Our Stories
Bog Walk (previously published by Doubleday as The Healing Power of Stories, 1996). (ISBN 978-0970651105)

Daniel Taylor:“In writing Letters to My Children, I discovered afresh what I already knew as a teacher of literature: stories tell us who we are. Tell Me a Story is an exploration of how we live in and are shaped by stories. Writing it required me to look at the stories that have shaped my own life and to explore how stories of all kinds—including our personal stories—tell each of us how to live.”
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LETTERS TO MY CHILDREN: A Father Passes On His Values
Bog Walk Press (previously published by InterVarsity Press, 1989). (ISBN 978-0970651129)

Daniel Taylor: “Life is fragile and there is no guarantee a parent is going to live to see his or her children grow up. I wanted to be sure my children had some sense of who their father is and what is important to him, so I started writing them letters.

“I wrote these letters over a period of years when my children were quite young (and the last one arrived just as they were being completed) with no intention of ever publishing them. I discovered that whenever I wanted to pass on a value to one of my children, I found myself telling a story. This got me thinking about the nature of stories, which led to the next book.”
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THE MYTH OF CERTAINTY: The Reflective Christian & the Risk of Commitment
InterVarsity Press, 1986. (ISBN 978-0830822379)

Daniel Taylor: “I wrote this book because I found so many people, young and old, struggling with issues of faith and doubt, the life of the mind and the life of the heart, the world of the church and the larger world of ideas. And because the struggles I saw in others were echoes of my own.”
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