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.
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About 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.
Date of Birth:October 13, 1976
Place of Birth:Asheville, North Carolina
Education:B.A., Columbia University, 1997; M.A., Cambridge University, 1999
Table of Contents
The God Who Runs after Your Friendship 1
A Short Note on Gender and Language for God 25
Bread and Vine 91
Laboring Woman 133
In This Poverty of Expression, Thou Findest That He Is All 227
A Short Note from the Women's Prison 243
A Bookshelf to Quicken Your Scriptural Imagination 251
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've loved Winner's writing since Girl Meets God, rereading it over and again. This book will be no exception.