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Posted February 1, 2012
An interesting look at the dry moments in our walk of faith!
In her critically-acclaimed memoir Girl Meets God, Lauren F. Winner explores her religious identity as she made the transition from Judaism to Christianity. A thought-provoking glimpse into 21st century religion, Winner was praised as "insatiable, and dauntless, in her search for religious truth at whatever the personal cost" by the New York Times.
In Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, Lauren offers readers a quietly powerful and fiercely honest exploration of love, loss and what it means to land at the "middle stage" of the spiritual life. Taking her spiritual quest even deeper, she navigates difficult new terrain as she confronts the spiritual aftermath of personal tragedy.
At a time of crisis - grieving her mother's death, navigating a painful divorce - Lauren finds that she is mourning her faith as well. She hasn't lost sight of God entirely, but she's watching him gradually fade away. She offers us a "picture of the end of darkness, of the stumbling out of the darkness into something new."
I received Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis compliments of Authors On The Web for my honest review and have to say, no matter where we are at in our religious beliefs, we've all come to a place where we find ourselves in the middle. Whether we are waiting on answers for prayer, looking for water in the desert when we find ourselves parched and searching, we all hit our dry spells. This is just the point that Lauren takes the readers into her personal life. Between experiencing the newness of finding God and the moment when we find ourselves just accepting life as it is, until we can find our way back to God at some point. An interesting look at something most Christians don't share in their walk with others this is a refreshing look at things from a different perspective not often talked about and for that reason I rate this a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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Posted April 23, 2012
Not as strong a narrative as Girl Meets God -- but somehow more
Not as strong a narrative as Girl Meets God -- but somehow more beguiling. The book sneaks up on you, and just when you're feeling a bit rudderless for how (understandably) cagey Winner is being about the circumstances surrounding her divorce, the little gorgeous moments begin to accrue -- the epiphanies with their roots not in certainties or conscious, and demanding, responses from God or from Scripture (one is reminded of the speaking-in-tongues section in Girl Meets God), but rather in the act of humbling oneself, of making room for Christ to do what he will in us, on whatever timetable, however mysteriously. When she writes, for instance, of one's loneliness as an environment that Christ might inhabit or about Dickinson's poems reflecting a a relationship with Christ deeper and richer than scholars tend to recognize, I found myself thrilling at the observations and what those observations might mean for me.
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Posted December 6, 2012
Nice to know someone relates
The writing was beautiful as always, but it was particularly helpfuj since I am also in a middle. It doesn't give answers, it gives us an honest view of someon walking through a period qhere God feels absent.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 4, 2012
Posted October 15, 2012
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