I am not sure exactly what drew a fifty-year-old male to a book entitled Girl Meets God but I am ever so greatlful that the book caught my attention. This is the memoir of Dr. Lauren Winner and her life within the world of Judaism and Christianity. Born to a jewish father and a Southern Baptist mother, Lauren was raised as an orthodox jew. When she entered high school she realized she was not truly jewish because jewish identity is matrilineal, so she underwent ritual conversion to Judaism. Even though she was quite content and active in her jewish faith, when she entered college she was drawn to Christianity because of a fascination with Jan Karon's Mitford Series.
Even though Dr. Winner is a historical and religious scholar, Girl Meets God is written simply and gives the reader a glimpse into the world of Judeo-Christianity and beautifully illustrates how these two faiths are entwined. After reading just one of her books, Dr. Winner is now one of my most favorite authors.
Her bibliography includes the following:
- Girl Meets God: a Memoir
- Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis
- Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline
- The Voice of Matthew
- Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity
- 5 Paths to the Love of Your Life: Defining Your Dating Style
- The Art of Dying: Living Fully Into the Life to Come
- God for Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter
- The Meaning is in the Waiting: the Spirit of Advent
- Spiritual Practices: How to Meet God in the Everyday
- A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia (Dr. Winner's doctoral dissertation)