- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Shaw Books (January 20, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877881073
- ISBN-13: 978-0877881070
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 95 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Girl Meets God: On the Path to a Spiritual Life Paperback – January 20, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Raised by a lapsed Baptist mother and secular Jewish father, Winner feels a drive toward God as powerful as her drives toward books and boys. Twice she has attempted to read her way into religion to Orthodox Judaism her freshman year at Columbia, and then four years later at Cambridge to Anglican Christianity. Twice she has discovered that a religion's actual practitioners may not measure up to its theoretical proponents. (Invariably the boyfriends or their mothers disappoint.) It is easier to say what this book is not than what it is. It is not a conversion memoir: Winner's movement in and out of religious frames, but does not tell, her tale. It is not a defense of either faith (there is something here to offend every reader); and Winner, a doctoral candidate in the history of religion, is in her 20s young for autobiography. Because most chapters, though loosely related to the Christian church year, could stand alone, it resembles a collection of essays; but the ensemble is far too unified to deserve that label. Clearly it is memoir, literary and spiritual, sharing Anne Lamott's self-deprecating intensity and Stephen J. Dubner's passion for authenticity. Though Winner does not often scrutinize her motives, she reveals herself through abundant, concrete and often funny descriptions of her life, inner and outer. Winner's record of her own experience so far is a page-turning debut by a young writer worth watching.
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This memoir explores the transition from childhood to adulthood in a voice that is often sophisticated and learned, and occasionally naive and almost gossipy, as the author shares with candor her family ties, friendships, and love affairs. Winner is the daughter of a Reform Jewish father and a Southern Baptist mother, neither of whom talked much about God during her early years. She describes growing up in a liberal synagogue and experimenting with body tattoos, even though "-Jewish law forbids tattoos, plain and simple." As a teen, she questioned everything, and her search became inextricably bound to her social and intellectual life. She writes as one would recall pivotal events in life's journey, and not in a linear fashion. After fervently embracing Orthodox Judaism during college, she was drawn to Christianity, each change following much reading and soul-searching. Mentored by an Anglican priest during her years as a graduate student at Cambridge, she eventually took comfort in becoming a "lifestyle evangelist," which she describes as "-living a good, God-fearing, Gospel-exuding life." Now she is a doctoral student at Columbia. She admits to both a "cherished intellectual snobbery" and to being "faintly embarrassed about the role Jan Karon's Mitford novels played in my conversion." Not a treatise on comparative religion, this is an engaging story of one bright young woman's quest for faith.
Molly Connally, Chantilly Regional Library, VA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
In fairness there were some great observations and some humorous anecdotes. On balance though not worth the dig.
This is a very comfortable, non-technical, leisurely story of how Lauren has inhabited two different faiths, both of which she respects.
I just don't know how to describe this book; thought provoking, convicting, enlightening, elating, educational, humorous, sobering, loud, quiet. And very, very good.
I would also recommend going to [...] which is a link where you can listen to an interview with the author. Find the interview at the top of the page, under "Week of March 29, 2009, Segment 1: Reconciling Judaism and Christianity". This interview, which I listened to on my Sirius Radio, was the impetus behind me buying the book. In itself, it is absorbing/intriguing.