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Title:
Wearing God : clothing, laughter, fire, and other overlooked ways of meeting God
Author:
Winner, Lauren F., author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Physical Description:
x, 286 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"There are hundreds of metaphors for God, but the church only uses a few familiar images: creator, judge, savior, father. In [this book], Lauren Winner gathers a number of lesser-known tropes, reflecting on how they work biblically and culturally, and reveals how they can deepen our spiritual lives"--Amazon.com.
Language:
English
Contents:
The God who runs after your friendship -- A short note on gender and language for God -- Clothing -- Smell -- Bread and vine -- Laboring woman -- Laughter -- Flame -- In this poverty of expression, thou findest that He is all -- A short note from the women's prison -- A bookshelf to quicken your scriptural imagination.
ISBN:
9780061768125
Format :
Book

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Lauren F. Winner--a leading writer at the crossroads of culture and spirituality and author of Still and Girl Meets God--joins the ranks of luminaries such as Anne Lamott and Barbara Brown Taylor with this exploration of little known--and, so, little used--biblical metaphors for God, metaphors which can open new doorways for our lives and spiritualities.

There are hundreds of metaphors for God, but the church only uses a few familiar images: creator, judge, savior, father. In Wearing God, Lauren Winner gathers a number of lesser-known tropes, reflecting on how they work biblically and culturally, and reveals how they can deepen our spiritual lives.

Exploring the notion of God as clothing, Winner reflects on how we are "clothed with Christ" or how "God fits us like a garment." She then analyzes how clothing functions culturally to shape our ideals and identify our community, and ruminates on how this new metaphor can function to create new possibilities for our lives. For each biblical metaphor--God as the vine/vintner who animates life; the lactation consultant; and the comedian, showing us our follies, for example--Winner surveys the historical, literary, and cultural landscapes in order to revive and heal our souls.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Chances are when most readers think of metaphors for God or spirituality in general, the word clothing is probably far down the list. But that's the perspective in this appealing book. The God who Winner writes about is closer to me than my nearest neighbor, she begins. She then goes on to discuss various images of God as well as the social and political consequences of those images. Often these images come from daily life, such as clothing. Clothing, she points out, doesn't just shape identity. It also communicates something about our identity to the people we meet. She makes references to the various preachers and saints and mystics and theologians of tradition, from Thomas Aquinas to the fourth-century preacher John Chrysostom, to mention just a few. In addition, she writes about the very strong connection between the sense of smell and emotion; the bread of life and sustenance; the metaphor of God as a woman in labor; the significance of laughter; and the imagery of God as fire. A thoughtful mediation on God, spirituality, and the fabric of life.--Sawyers, June Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Duke Divinity School professor and writer Winner (Still) combines spiritual insight and beautifully descriptive prose as she explores some of the more obscure biblical metaphors for God. This is not a book about God as king, shepherd, father, or judge. Rather, Winner looks at the ways God can be known through the everyday and familiar: a beloved sweater, the smell of a loved one's shirt, morning-glory muffins. Weaving together intimate reflections and scholarship, Winner demonstrates how metaphors can deepen an understanding of God. She is at her best showing how language has political and social consequences. In a chapter about God as smell, she considers the historical connection between smell and virtue and suggests that we might better serve others if we remember that Jesus "was a sometimes homeless man who... surely sometimes stank." Elsewhere, she asserts that the image of God as a laboring woman can remind us of vulnerability in the same way the Crucifixion does. Winner's honest, charming reflections stir the imagination and invite the reader to explore not just the metaphors she has chosen, but the treasure trove the Bible provides. Prayers and quotations promote further contemplation. Agent: Carol Mann, Carol Mann Agency. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

The God Who Runs after Your Friendshipp. 1
A Short Note on Gender and Language for Godp. 25
Clothingp. 31
Smellp. 63
Bread and Vinep. 91
Laboring Womanp. 133
Laughterp. 179
Flamep. 203
In This Poverty of Expression, Thou Findest That He Is Allp. 227
A Short Note from the Women's Prisonp. 243
A Bookshelf to Quicken Your Scriptural Imaginationp. 251
Notesp. 255
Acknowledgmentsp. 285

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