Wearing God

Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God

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Lauren F. Winner
  • New York, NY: 
    HarperOne
    , April
     2016.
     304 pages.
     $15.99.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780061768132.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by James H. Evans Jr. forthcoming.

Description

Lauren F. Winner—a leading writer at the crossroads of culture and spirituality and author of Still and Girl Meets God—joins the ranks of luminaries such as Anne Lamott and Barbara Brown Taylor with this exploration of little known—and, so, little used—biblical metaphors for God, metaphors which can open new doorways for our lives and spiritualities.

There are hundreds of metaphors for God, but the church only uses a few familiar images: creator, judge, savior, father. In Wearing God, Lauren Winner gathers a number of lesser-known tropes, reflecting on how they work biblically and culturally, and reveals how they can deepen our spiritual lives.

Exploring the notion of God as clothing, Winner reflects on how we are “clothed with Christ” or how “God fits us like a garment.” She then analyzes how clothing functions culturally to shape our ideals and identify our community, and ruminates on how this new metaphor can function to create new possibilities for our lives. For each biblical metaphor—God as the vine/vintner who animates life; the lactation consultant; and the comedian, showing us our follies, for example—Winner surveys the historical, literary, and cultural landscapes in order to revive and heal our souls.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Lauren F. Winner is an ordained Episcopal priest and the author of numerous books, including Girl Meets GodReal SexMudhouse Sabbath, and Still, which won theChristianity Today Book Award in Spirituality. She teaches at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times Book ReviewThe Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalBooks & Culture, and other periodicals.

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