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VINE VOICEon June 26, 2004
Girl Meets God is difficult to categorize because it is several books in one. It is a personal memoir, a devotional book, a study of the sad tension between Judaism and Christianity, a commentary on Scripture, a reflection on sacrament and liturgy, a look at the often slow process of conversion, and a celebration of reading (the author being a confirmed bookaholic).
An unlikely book to pick up-you're likely to find it wrongly placed in the Teen section of your bookstore-yet hard to put down. Winner's first effort (a second, Mudhouse Sabbath, is about Jewish traditions) offers brilliant spiritual insight throughout. A sign of a good book is when you keep thinking about it after you put it down. If the adage that readers make good writers is true, it applies here. Winner is a gifted wordsmith and wise beyond her youth. The pace is happily fragmented, not always chronological, spiritual, and down-to-earth at the same time.
Winner is a free-thinker, so her writing departs from the typical style of devotional books. Her story reinforces the truism that believers are works-in-progress, and God's steady inward grace is on display as she shares her faults, struggles, and lessons learned on her journey. "My life is like a disciple's nap in Gethsemene." She lives with a distinctly Hebraic-tinged grace: "I hadn't given up the shape in which I saw the world, or the words I knew for God, and those shapes and words were mostly Jewish."
The daughter of a Jewish father and a Christian mother, and raised Jewish, Winner learned that she had to formally convert to Judaism, which she did...but gradually she is drawn to Jesus and another conversion. Winner wasn't entirely embraced by the Jewish community (yet I wonder if those who rejected her knew as much about Judaism), which perhaps was a factor that led her to Jesus, although she makes it clear that her faith came not by one influence or event but rather by many factors.
Another reviewer calls Lauren Winner the perfect dinner guest. She is without question someone who would provide a substantive discussion of life, books, faith, and struggle. Trained at Columbia and Cambridge universities, and a contributing editor for Christianity Today, she is now pursuing her Doctorate. The title and cover may be mistaken for a teen devotional, but this is a book for serious Christian disciples and devout Jews who may want to consider Winner's love affair with both Orthodox Judaism and Christianity.
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on March 12, 2016
The is being read and reviewed as a part of a Christian Women's study group. We have found a number of thought provoking passages--however, I personally find it too bloated with other information that makes the reading rather commonplace. I am impressed with her knowledge and vocabulary and did find it humorous, sometimes exasperating and sometimes heart felt.
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on April 12, 2015
Her best so far. An incredibly intense religious quest--you cannot believe the effort she is putting in for many years to carve out for herself a truly genuine religious faith--and practice . The journey from Judaism of the most serious kind to Christianity will make many people very uncomfortable, but it feels totally authentic to me. This is an amazing book! One cannot help but wonder what other radical changes in belief and practice may lie ahead for her, however...
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on March 22, 2015
A wealth of insights about Lauren's conversion from Jewish doctrine to the episcopal church. I truly enjoyed reading the book and cannot wait until Sept, 2015 to attend a workshop where the author will be the guest speaker. Funny and serious reflections about both religions.
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on September 26, 2014
Excelent, honest writing. I doubt that she is representative of modern Jewish views, but her basic biblical appreciation of what it means to be a Christian and a Jew corresponds well to, for example, N.T. Wright's "Paul and the Faithfulness of God." I recommend Winner's work in this book and in the other things she has written. Good stuff.
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on June 20, 2010
I really enjoyed this book. I found myself relating to her journey--perhaps not in the details, but in the struggle to find authentic faith--and I think that it would resonate with many of our generation raised by parents who were not so concerned with organized religion. She's obviously a good writer, and pretty self aware along with being obviously highly educated.
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on May 10, 2011
I purchased this book for my daughter for a college coarse. She had several to choose from, but decided on this one and we are both very glad she did. She really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read it.
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on December 28, 2013
I love this biography of jewish young adult who becomes a Christian. she makes you remember and celebrate all the good things about Christianity.
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on April 30, 2012
Lauren Winner's writing is fantastic and detailed. You really feel like you're walking with her through her life. A 'must read'!
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on August 5, 2013
I often give this book as a gift to young women. Lauren's spiritual journey is inspiring and she tells her story well.
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