Girl Meets God: Searching for Spiritual Identity   -     By: Lauren F. Winner
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Girl Meets God: Searching for Spiritual Identity

Workman Publishing / 2002 / Hardcover

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Like most of us, Lauren Winner wants something to believe in. The child of a reform Jewish father and a lapsed Southern Baptist mother, she chose to become an Orthodox Jew. But as she faithfully observes the Sabbath rituals and studies Jewish laws, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Christianity. Taking a courageous step, she leaves behind what she loves and converts. Now the even harder part: How does one reinvent a religious self? How does one embrace the new without abandoning the old? How does a convert become spiritually whole?

In Girl Meets God, this appealingly honest young woman takes us through a year in her search for a religious identity. Despite her conversion, she finds that her world is still shaped by her Jewish experiences. Even as she rejoices in the holy days of the Christian calendar, she mourns the Jewish rituals she still holds dear. Attempting to reconcile the two sides of her religious self, Winner applies the lessons of Judaism to the teachings of the New Testament, hosts a Christian seder, and struggles to fit her Orthodox friends into her new religious life. Ultimately she learns that faith takes practice and belief is an ongoing challenge. Like Anne Lamott's, Winner's journey to Christendom is bumpy, but it is the rocky path itself that makes her a perfect guide to exploring spirituality in today's complicated world. Her engaging approach to religion in the twenty-first century is illuminating, thought-provoking, and most certainly controversial.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Workman Publishing
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1565123093
ISBN-13: 9781565123090
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Like most of us, Lauren Winner wants something to believe in. The child of a reform Jewish father and a lapsed Southern Baptist mother, she chose to become an Orthodox Jew. But as she faithfully observes the Sabbath rituals and studies Jewish laws, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Christianity. Taking a courageous step, she leaves behind what she loves and converts. Now the even harder part: How does one reinvent a religious self? How does one embrace the new without abandoning the old? How does a convert become spiritually whole.

In GIRL MEETS GOD, this appealingly honest young woman takes us through a year in her search for a religious identity. Despite her conversion, she finds that her world is still shaped by her Jewish experiences. Even as she rejoices in the holy days of the Christian calendar, she mourns the Jewish rituals she still holds dear. Attempting to reconcile the two sides of her religious self, Winner applies the lessons of Judaism to the teachings of the New Testament, hosts a Christian seder, and struggles to fit her Orthodox friends into her new religious life.

Ultimately she learns that faith takes practice and belief is an ongoing challenge. Like Anne Lamott's, Winner's journey to Christendom is bumpy, but it is the rocky path itself that makes her a perfect guide to exploring spirituality in today's complicated world. Her engaging approach to religion in the twenty-first century is illuminating, thought-provoking, and most certainly controversial.

Author Bio

Lauren F. Winner, the former book editor for Beliefnet.com, is a regular reviewer for Publishers Weekly and a contributing editor for Christianity Today. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Book World, and many other journals. She has degrees from Columbia and Cambridge Universities and is currently at work on her doctorate in the history of religion at Columbia.

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  1. Leah Eden
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    August 16, 2008
    Leah Eden
    The theology put forth in this book is absolutely horrendous. If you can get around her lack of understand of Baptism, or her descriptions of her person idolatry regimen to listen to her story, be my guest.
  2. Erin
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 7, 2004
    Erin
    This review was written for Girl Meets God: A Memoir.
    Loved it! Winner's style is straightforward and refreshing in its honesty. Her meeting with God does not happen in a moment, and is not free of bumps and confusion. How typical, if we too are honest! I applaud the guts it takes to present a truthful portrayal of oneself, an accomplishment which makes this book a true memoir, and an excellent one. An interesting, inspirational, and thought-provoking read. My copy has already found its way into the hands of friends. Try it!
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