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Girl Meets God: On the Path to a Spiritual Life


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The child of a Jewish father and a lapsed Southern Baptist mother, Lauren F. Winner chose to become an Orthodox Jew. But even as she was observing Sabbath rituals and studying Jewish law, Lauren was increasingly drawn to Christianity. Courageously leaving what she loved, she eventually converted. In Girl Meets God, this appealing woman takes us through a year in her Christian life as she attempts to reconcile both sides of her religious identity.

Here readers will find a new literary voice: a spiritual seeker who is both an unconventional thinker and a devoted Christian. The twists and turns of Winners journey make her the perfect guide to exploring true faith in todays complicated world.

Praise for Girl Meets God:

“A passionate and thoroughly engaging account of a continuing spiritual journey within two profoundly different faiths.”

-The New York Times Book Review

“A charming, humorous, and sometimes abrasive recollection of a religious coming-of-age . . . a compelling journey from Judaism to Christianity.”

-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A book to savor . . . Winner is an all-too-human believer, and the rest of us can see our own struggles, theological and otherwise, in hers.”

-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“[A] memoir, literary and spiritual, sharing Anne Lamotts self-depreciating intensity and Stephen J. Dubners passion for authenticity . . . Winners record of her own experiences so far is a page-turning debut by a young writer worth watching.”

-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[The] narratives real strength . . . is its addictive readability combined with the authors deep knowledge of, delight in, and nuanced discussion of both Christian and Jewish teachings. . . . Intriguing, absorbing, puzzling, surprisingly sexy, and very smart.”

-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

About the Author

Lauren F. Winner, the former book editor for Beliefnet, has appeared on PBSs Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, and Christianity Today. Her essays have been included in The Best Christian Writing 2000 and The Best Christian Writing 2002. Winner has degrees from Columbia and Cambridge universities and is currently at work on her doctorate in the history of American religion. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Jennifer Short, November 28, 2007 (view all comments by Jennifer Short)
Lauren Winner has written a "Winner" with "Girl Meets God". She was raised Reform Jewish, but since her mother wasn't Jewish, she wasn't considered Jewish. When she converted she did so to Orthodox Judaism and kept all the commandments -- she observed the Sabbath, even kept kosher, but she felt drawn to Christianity. She eventually converted again -- this time she became Episcopalian. This book is a beautiful spiritual memoir where everyone can learn about religion by reading her journey. It's funny, sad, and very informative. You can't help but wonder if she's going to confess her sexual sins to the priest, how she will handle seeing old friends, and how her friends and family react to her conversions. This book was recommended to me by a friend who is getting her doctorate degree in English, and I have enjoyed every book she has recommended. She's possibly even going to use this book as a part of her dissertation. So it has the highest praises of both my friend and me!
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Winner, Lauren F.
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Winner, Lauren
Personal Memoirs
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