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

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

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 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.

Product Details

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

About the Author

Lauren F. Winner is an ordained Episcopal priest and the author of numerous books, including Girl Meets God, Real Sex, Mudhouse Sabbath, and Still, which won the Christianity 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 Review, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Books & Culture, and other periodicals.


Charlottesville, Virginia

Date of Birth:

October 13, 1976

Place of Birth:

Asheville, North Carolina


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

Clothing 31

Smell 63

Bread and Vine 91

Laboring Woman 133

Laughter 179

Flame 203

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

Notes 255

Acknowledgments 285

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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.