Wearing God by Lauren Winner
Critically acclaimed author of Still and Girl Meets God, Lauren Winner explores lesser-known biblical metaphors for God in her newest book, Wearing God. The church traditionally uses a few common images to represent God: judge, savior, creator, father; however Lauren Winner delves into the lesser-known symbols, reflecting on their function in social and biblical contexts.
Examining God as clothing, Winner discusses the idea of “wearing God” or the way in which God “fits us like a glove” and relates those ideas to the ways in which clothing functions culturally to shape ideas and identify community. For each representation of God –the vine or vintner, the lactation consultant, the comedian —Winner investigates historical, biblical, cultural, and literary landscapes to illuminate the power behind the imagery and revive and heal our souls.
Praise for Wearing God:
“Combining spiritual insight and beautifully descriptive prose . . . Winner looks at the ways God can be known through the everyday and familiar. [Her] honest, charming reflections stir the imagination and invite the reader to explore . . . the treasure trove the Bible provides.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
“If Christianity is to regain its credibility, or even its positive character, people are going to have to read books like this! Winner opens up Scripture in ways that are loyal to the Great Tradition, and yet readable, faith-filled, and applicable to the world we actually live in.” – Richard Rohr, O.F.M., author of Falling Upward
“Lauren’s curiosity about the life of faith is so compelling—and her intelligence so engaging—that there is nothing more satisfying than settling down with a new book from her. The only problem is that it is impossible to read her without being changed; so advance at your own risk.” – Barbara Brown Taylor, author of Learning to Walk in the Dark