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

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

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by Lauren F. Winner
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 02/09/2015
Duke Divinity School professor and writer Winner (Still) 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. Weaving together intimate reflections and scholarship, Winner demonstrates how metaphors can deepen an understanding of God. She is at her best showing how language has political and social consequences. In a chapter about God as smell, she considers the historical connection between smell and virtue and suggests that we might better serve others if we remember that Jesus “was a sometimes homeless man who... surely sometimes stank.” Elsewhere, she asserts that the image of God as a laboring woman can remind us of vulnerability in the same way the Crucifixion does. 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. Agent: Carol Mann, Carol Mann Agency. (Apr.)
Richard Rohr
“If Christianity is to regain its credibility, or even its positive character, people are going to have to read books like this! Winner opens up Scripture in ways that are loyal to the Great Tradition, and yet readable, faith-filled, and applicable to the world we actually live in.”
Relevant Magazine
“Lauren Winner explores less familiar biblical descriptions of God and how each shapes the way we think about who God is. Wearing God is a warm, playful reflection that not only expands our understanding of God, but also highlights the delicate interweaving of language and imagination.”
Shelf Awareness
“With her trademark acerbic wit and wry honesty, Winner delves into a few seldom used biblical images for God. . . . A mixture of anecdotes and thought-provoking analysis, Wearing God proves a wise and appealing companion on the journey.”
Spirituality & Practice
“Provides a playful and thoughtful excursion into fresh ways of seeing and savoring the Divine in the unfolding of our ordinary lives.”
Booklist
” [An] appealing book . . . a thoughtful mediation on God, spirituality, and the fabric of life.”
Christian Century
“Lauren Winner’s Wearing God is playful, serious, informative, devotional, and as important as it is gratifying. . . . I read it with the sort of joy one feels when watching someone utterly hit their stride.”
The Charlotte Observer
“Winner is a gifted writer (and a voracious reader).”
Aleteia
“[These] metaphors clarify and inspire. Winner, no iconoclast, has painted us some pictures worthy of veneration.”
RevGals
“This book begs to be savored, to be revisited, to be slept with, prayed over, and pondered.”
The Rumpus.com
Winner parses centuries of people trying to make sense of God [and] deploys her lively spiritual imagination and bookworm sensibility to take us beyond cliché and into new territory. . . . She sees invitations to consider mystery where many of us see only a wall.
James Martin
“A gorgeously written and compelling investigation into what it means to strike up a friendship with the Living God.”
Shauna Niequist
“The images Lauren introduces me to in Wearing God have stayed with me, enriching my prayers and broadening my view of God. I love her writing, and this book is no exception.”
Barbara Brown Taylor
“Lauren’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.”
Fred Bahnson
“In Wearing God—a book both winsome and erudite—Winner convenes a salon of saints and biblical writers to reveal that God is much more than just Shepherd or King and far more interesting than we thought.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061768125
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/31/2015
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,129,482
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Lauren F. Winner is the authorof numerous books, including Girl MeetsGod and Mudhouse Sabbath, and teaches atDuke Divinity School in Durham, NorthCarolina. her articles have appeared in theNew York Times Book Review, The WashingtonPost, The Wall Street Journal, Books & Culture,and other periodicals.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Charlottesville, Virginia
Date of Birth:
October 13, 1976
Place of Birth:
Asheville, North Carolina
Education:
B.A., Columbia University, 1997; M.A., Cambridge University, 1999

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Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've loved Winner's writing since Girl Meets God, rereading it over and again. This book will be no exception.