Still: Notes On A Mid-Faith Crisis
In Lauren F. Winner‘s new book Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, the author of best-selling memoir Girl Meets God (2002) courageously shares how her mother’s death and a painful divorce shake a faith that once came so easily.
Instead of detailing the ins and outs of her own losses, Winner draws from the words of saints and poets in her intelligent, vulnerable reflections on what it means to be in “the middle” of a life of faith, “when the things you thought you knew about the spiritual life turn out not to suffice for the life you are actually living.”
“Compulsively readable, direct yet never indiscreet, Winner’s book shows intelligence and verve…A must-have for Winner’s readers and fans of Anne Lamott.” — Library Journal *starred review*
“Examining feelings of grief, failure, and doubt that she never expected to encounter after her conversion from Judaism to Christianity, Winner’s use of rhythm and image bring poetic nuances to her exquisitely crafted prose.” — Publishers Weekly *starred review*
“Still water reveals depth—as does this account of ordinary life and what lies beneath.” — Philip Yancey, author of What Good Is God?
“It takes courage to put your soul through an x-ray and let the world see the breaks, the tears, the strains, the scars. Still, this is my favorite of her books yet.” — Brian McLaren, author of Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words
Winner, currently a professor at Duke DivinitySchool, is the author of several books, including Girl Meets God (2002), Mudhouse Sabbath (2003), and Real Sex: The Naked Truth About Chastity (2005). She has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, and Publishers Weekly, with whom she recently sat down for an interview.