Author(s): Lauren F. Winner
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 God's 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 why - in the midst of the overwhelming anxiety, loneliness, and boredom of her deepest questioning about where (or if) God is - the Christian story still explains who she is better than any other story she's 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.
"In present-tense, lyrical essays . . . [Winner] explores her emotional landscape as she struggles to move beyond the depression that plagues her following her mother's death and her own divorce. Examining feelings of grief, failure, and doubt . . . Winner brings poetic nuances to her exquisitely crafted prose."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)