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- Publisher: Algonquin Books; 1 edition (September 16, 2002)
- Publication Date: May 15, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004UPVN3O
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Here readers will find a new literary voice: a spiritual seeker who is both an unconventional thinker and a devoted Christian. The twists and turns of Winners journey make her the perfect guide to exploring true faith in todays complicated world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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–Scotty Smith, senior pastor of Christ Community Church, Franklin Tennessee
“A fun and intellectual read. With skillful imagery and a writing voice that shouts for attention, Winner takes us along for the ride on her quest for spiritual truth, reminding us of the rich tapestry of Jewish faith and Christian belief.”
–Julie Ann Barnhill, author of Scandalous Grace
“Girl Meets God tells a redemptive tale, winsome and insightful, yet sure to raise a ruckus in heart, mind and soul. I’ve been waiting for Lauren Winner for a very long time, a young, sharp, sassy writer who lovingly kisses the face of God and doesn’t care who sees.”
–Lisa Samson, author of The Living End
“Over the years, several of my friends have asked me a question like this: ‘How can a reasonably intelligent person like you believe in God, Jesus, church, heaven?’ Sometimes their question implied a longing to believe in their own soul, but that longing kept running into a conflict with integrity, honesty, experience. Lauren Winner’s wonderful spiritual memoir goes right into the heart of that conflict…and smiles the winsome, wise, humble smile of a pilgrim who has some mileage on her shoes and who knows something we all need to know.”
–Brian D. McLaren, author, pastor, fellow in Emergent
“Winner’s record of her own experience so far is a page-turning debut by a young writer worth watching.”
–Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Her narrative’s real strength…is its addictive readability combined with the author’s deep knowledge of, delight in, and nuanced discussion of both Christian and Jewish teachings. Intriguing, absorbing, puzzling…and very smart.”
–Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Unusually challenging and satisfying.… This book is a refreshing invitation to plumb our own spiritual depths.”
–The Roanoke Times
“[Winner] searches for truth within the boundaries of both Jewish and Christian orthodoxy, sucking the marrow of experience right from the bones of tradition. To watch her search is to see a small demonstration of the process described in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: the joining of two bodies (Jews and Gentiles) in one person. Winner herself becomes a metaphor for what occurs in the person of Christ.”
–Betty Smartt Carter, Books and Culture
“Lauren Winner’s edgy brand of twenty-something authenticity is a stimulating and intelligent read that will inspire many to explore the reality of the forgiven life.”
–Margo Smith, managing director of Hull’s Family Bookstores, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
“Lauren Winner tells the story of her spiritual pilgrimage with modesty and charm. She describes her path so appealingly that many readers will ask, ‘How can I meet this guy, too?’”
–Frederica Mathewes-Green, NPR commentator and author of Facing East --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I expected "Girl Meets God" to be about the girl; it turned out to be more about the meetings. It describes meeting God through various lenses--perspectives different from those of the typical Evangelical Christian, and I would suppose of the typical Jew. Of the four sources of information about God identified by John Wesley--scripture, tradition, reason, and eperience--Winner draws heavily on experience and tradition--those of herself, her Jewish and Christian family and friends, rabbis and ministers, and the "great cloud of witnesses" represented by the Traditions of the two faiths preserved in commentaries, formal prayers, liturgy and holyday customs, but not neglecting the Scripture stories behind those traditions.
Such material could be dull--but not the way Winner presents it. Through the frank, deeply personal and engaging anecdotes of an intelligent and well-read young woman navigating the vicissitudes of life and religion, we are led to encounters with "the wisdom of the ages." The author unveils treasures we've never known before, and surprising wonders about one we thought we new well.
Those looking for the story of a conversion--actually two conversions--could piece that story together from the material in this book, but that's not the way Winner serves it up. The book is organized around a year in the interlaced liturgical cycles of the two religions. As presented, it would be useful as a "through the year" set of homilies or devotions.
In the end, it's not so much about how she met God, as about the God she met: the God who created Man and Woman, who rescued His people from Egypt, who Redeemed them from their sins on the Cross, who seeks us, forgives us, and loves us, whatever religion we may find ourself in or drawn to, however we may stumble upon Him.
But as I kept reading, I realized that her story could very well be that of one of my own interfaith children. My partner and I are immersing them in both traditions with the understanding that they will discover their religious identity for themselves when they are older. With this realization, I began to read more kindly. I began to appreciate her thoughtfulness, her candor and her resistance to telling a pat tale of ignorance to enlightenment. She does not denigrate what she left behind to validate her new faith. Her conflict is evident in considering what she has lost and whether she abandoned it to easily, which makes her conviction to follow Jesus believable, at least from my perspective as a Christian. However, she does not spend much time with apologetics, so despite well-described symptoms of Christian faith, a stranger to it might not see how it infected her initially. This actually makes the book better because I never sensed a proselytizing agenda, which would have been annoying. In the end, I appreciate the authentic expression of self and experience.
jewdisum and Christianity intersects. The author is extremely well read on both and well referenced. Very interesting study of theology.