Still by Lauren F. Winner
Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis

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Following up her highly acclaimed Girl Meets God, author Lauren F. Winner has written an engrossing reflection of literary grace and spiritual wisdom with Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis.

As she lives through a failed marriage and the loss of her mother, Winner finds her Christian faith slipping away. Through reading religious works and tomes and being counseled by leaders of the church, she learns she must find the courage to trust in God in order to to find His presence.

Elegantly written and profound, Still offers reflections on how murky and gray the spiritual life can be while, at the same time, shows us how to see the light we do encounter more clearly.

 

About Lauren F. Winner

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Lauren F. Winner is the author of numerous books, including Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, and Real Sex. She writes regularly for the New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, and The Wall Street Journal. With degrees from Duke and Cambridge and a Ph.D. in history from Columbia, Winner teaches at Duke Divinity School and lives in Durham, North Carolina.
 
Published January 31, 2012 by HarperOne. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Note, for example, this evocative passage on the plight of losing the ability to pray: “when you don’t know what you believe…prayer sounds like a barefoot hike from Asheville to Paris: it would be nice if you got there, you are sure there is a nice glass of wine and a nice slice of brie waiting f...

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and a church visit that results in her holding hands with “one of the people from whom Jesus would have cast a demon” all provide an intimate window into a seeker trying to find equilibrium in a stage of faith and life that is neither beginning nor end, but, she fears, “an extended sojourn ...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Now, in Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, Winner describes how experiences of loss and failure unexpectedly slam her into a wall of doubt and spiritual despair: “My belief has faltered, my sense of God’s closeness has grown strained, my efforts at living in accord with what I take to b...

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The Christian Manifesto

I confess that I came to this book not having read Winner’s previous book, Girl Meets God, which I understand is a predecessor of sorts.

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Spirituality & Practice

Near the end of this book, Winner quotes Ryan Netzley: "Loving God, it turns out, is hard precisely because it does not promise the reassuring logic of accomplishment or failure."

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The Christian Century

Lauren Winner first drew widespread literary attention in 2004 with the spritely spiritual memoir Girl Meets God: A Memoir, which told the story of her conversion first to Orthodox Judaism and then to a Christianity of a Jesus-loving-Anglican-intellectual-evangelical kind.

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The Cresset

While her book traces Christian understandings of acedia, or spiritual apathy, from fourth-century Greece to the present, Norris also explains that the backdrop for her own struggle with acedia was her marriage to a man who struggled for years with suicidal depression.

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