Short Take – Nonfiction: Wearing God – Lauren F. Winner

Fans of Anne Lamott and Barbara Brown Taylor will likely enjoy this engaging read about the metaphors and images we might use to make God feel more personally real.

“Duke Divinity School professor and writer Winner combines spiritual insight and beautifully descriptive prose as she explores some of the more obscure biblical metaphors for God. This is not a book about God as king, shepherd, father, or judge. Rather, Winner looks at the ways God can be known through the everyday and familiar: a beloved sweater, the smell of a loved one’s shirt, morning-glory muffins….Winner’s honest, charming reflections stir the imagination and invite the reader to explore not just the metaphors she has chosen, but the treasure trove the Bible provides. Prayers and quotations promote further contemplation.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Lauren Winner’s curiosity about the life of faith is so compelling—and her intelligence so engaging—that there is nothing more satisfying than settling down with a new book from her. The only problem is that it is impossible to read her without being changed. So advance at your own risk—in this case, that you will begin to see God differently so that your old way of relating no longer works. This, of course, is the best possible news.”
— Barbara Brown Taylor

Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God (9780061768125) by Lauren F. Winner. $24.99 hardcover. 3/31/15 on sale.

 

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