Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis
By Lauren F. Winner
(HarperOne, Hardcover, 9780061768118, 272pp.)
Publication Date: January 2012
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In the critically acclaimed memoir Girl Meets God, Lauren F. Winner chronicled her sojourn from Judaism to Christianity. Now, in Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, Winner describes how experiences of loss and failure unexpectedly slam her into a wall of doubt and spiritual despair: My belief has faltered, my sense of Gods closeness has grown strained, my efforts at living in accord with what I take to be the call of the gospel have come undone.
Witty, relatable, and fiercely honest, Winner lays bare her experience of what she calls the middle of the spiritual life. In elegant and spare prose, she explores whyin the midst of the overwhelming anxiety, loneliness, and boredom of her deepest questioning about where (or if) God isthe Christian story still explains who she is better than any other story shes ever known. Still is an absorbing meditation combining literary grace with spiritual wisdom. It is sure to resonate with anyone looking to sustain a spiritual life in the midst of real life.
Lauren f. Winner is the author of numerous books, including Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath, and 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.