Girl Meets God (2020)

Girl Meets God The child of a Jewish father and a lapsed Southern Baptist mother Lauren F Winner chose to become an Orthodox Jew But even as she was observing Sabbath rituals and studying Jewish law Lauren was inc
  • Title: Girl Meets God
  • Author: Lauren F. Winner
  • ISBN: 9780812970807
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • The child of a Jewish father and a lapsed Southern Baptist mother, Lauren F Winner chose to become an Orthodox Jew But even as she was observing Sabbath rituals and studying Jewish law, Lauren was increasingly drawn to Christianity Courageously leaving what she loved, she eventually converted In Girl Meets God, this appealing woman takes us through a year in her ChristThe child of a Jewish father and a lapsed Southern Baptist mother, Lauren F Winner chose to become an Orthodox Jew But even as she was observing Sabbath rituals and studying Jewish law, Lauren was increasingly drawn to Christianity Courageously leaving what she loved, she eventually converted In Girl Meets God, this appealing woman takes us through a year in her Christian life as she attempts to reconcile both sides of her religious identity.Here readers will find a new literary voice a spiritual seeker who is both an unconventional thinker and a devoted Christian The twists and turns of Winner s journey make her the perfect guide to exploring true faith in today s complicated world.
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    1. Perplexing A few thoughts on this account of a girl who converts to orthodox Judaism and then later decides to leave it for Christianity 1 I guess I don t know much about Christian theology but I find it strange that someone as clearly intelligent as this girl has no problem with the doctrine which to me seems so beyond human reason2 Reading about someone s mikva experience as she enters the jewish community followed by her baptism a few chapters later is nothing short of jarring3 It is ironic t [...]

    2. I enjoyed this book I found it engaging I liked the voice I felt like I would enjoy talking to Lauren Winter if I met her I liked reading it and will probably go back and read portions again.I had a little trouble with the structure of the book For the first third of the book or so, I was under the impression we were following a distinct through line There seemed to be a narrative going on, with lots of reflection, yes, but with a firm plot that everything tied in to The book is structured to al [...]

    3. I found this book deeply inspiring and somewhat related to my own struggles with faith It was a gift to me in a non pushy way from a friend of mine from church a peer who took a course with me called alpha where you have the opportunities to ask all sorts of questions about God and faith and challenges with it with structure and guidance Being in a personal sort of environment combined with my ultra open self, she was very aware of both my Jewish and Catholic heritage and thought of me when she [...]

    4. This is the story of how Lauren met her Savior, Jesus Coming from a broken home with a Baptist mother and Jewish father Lauren s spiritual growth begins in the Jewish faith She brings everything that she is to this quest She immerses herself in study, in worship traditions, in community, into Orthodox community She was an outsider and would remain an outsider no matter how hard she studied to be approved of by the community The local Levite son would never become a marriage opportunity for her.L [...]

    5. Ms Winner has a unique and intimate voice, and I enjoyed listening to her tell her story Still, I agree with the other reviewers that she fails to offer any signs of awareness of her journey in a larger context I have a ton of questions that this book brought up and it disappointed that she didn t seem able to offer any perspective making this less of a memoir and of a journal.My questions that I was left with What does it mean to leave Judaim Not just in a personal sense, but in the South, in [...]

    6. This memoir is provocative, endearing, brilliant, and wonderful Please don t judge the book by its lacy shoe light blue purple design cover I admit, I was embarrassed to read it in public, but it was so good that I d sneak it into restaurants with the front cover hidden firmly against my side or arm.The book allows Dr Winner to give reflections on roughly one year of her life, according to sections labeled with various sections of the Christian liturgical calendar, but within that year are exten [...]

    7. I admire the courage it may have taken to write this book, I couldn t write so briefly about my own spiritual journeys, certainly, but I found this book to be mainly trite, self serving, and underwhelming Ms Winner claims at every turn to be over analytical, and yet she barely scratches the surface of the meaning of her religious promiscuity.She writes at length about the appeal of becoming a real orthodox Jew, and it sounds like she just really wants to be part of the club her absentee father i [...]

    8. Some people just seem to have the religion gene That s definitely true of Winner, who was as enthusiastic an Orthodox Jew as she later was a Christian after the conversion that began in her college years But rather than discussing her life in terms of a strict before and after, she drifts back and forth through the years, loosely linking her experiences under thematic headings and an overall chronological setup based on the liturgical year from one Advent season to the next I suspect the structu [...]

    9. I took my time with this one enjoying the process of soaking it in This is a book that I m really glad I bought rather than borrowed I want to go back and reread parts, to remind myself sometimes of what s important, about the beauty of our Faithof Jesus loving pursuit.In this memoir, Lauren Winner shares a year of her journey as a converted Jew turned Christian Her perspective is so different from my own, having lived by choice as a devout Orthedox Jew, following ancient Judaic traditions, fest [...]

    10. This is a memoir of one woman s conversion from Orthodox Judaism to Christianity The book was totally not what I was expecting and I loved it I recently read a book by a Women of Faith speaker, and this was just so much meaty, meaningful, and impactful to me Lauren Winner is an intellectual, a woman who has not just professed her faith, but one who has struggled over it, studied it in depth, and tenaciously hung on I can t help but admire her, leaving one faith for another in spite of the way [...]

    11. Winner was the teenage girl who wanted to believe She wanted to be on fire for something Child of two faiths, with parents who had fallen away from their own faith traditions, she decides to immerse herself in Judaism, then because she loves study and is seeking a big, flaming, important all consuming something to believe in, she converts and becomes Orthodox.And she loves Judaism, and the friends she makes in shul and in studies They are like a loving, challenging, encouraging family She isnten [...]

    12. Lauren F Winner s book was incredibly intriguing to me because I am keenly interested in the ways that Judaism and Christianity are similar Further, as another Episcopalian, I have observed that the prayer lives of the faithful within Judaism and the Episcopal Church are also similar The rhythm of prayer within both faith communities are incredibly similar and the importance of those rhythmic prayer lives show the balancing act of devotion, religion, and spirituality I think that openness that W [...]

    13. I really enjoyed reading about Lauren Winner s journey from Judaism to Christianity I was raised in a Christian home, but although Christianity is inextricably connected to Judaism, I honestly know very little about Judaism It was fascinating to read about various Jewish beliefs and practices as Lauren described her Jewish upbringing and her decision to become Orthodox Lauren s subsequent awakening to Jesus and decision to follow Him a decision that appeared to her Orthodox friends as a great ac [...]

    14. Girl Meets G d is definitely difficult to categorize, and if I made a shelf just for it, would call it Spiritual Autobiography Chicklit I enjoyed every minute of it, even when Winner frustrated me Lauren Winner goes back and forth between her life and journey into observant Judaism and then into Christianity It felt jarring, going from one to the other, but is definitely a process that I can appreciate She draws you into her struggle, but at times, pushes you away with her narcissism I felt, as [...]

    15. Initially, I picked up this book because a student had donated it to the classroom library The title and back seemed intriguing And though I enjoyed her voice and her intellectual approach, I will say that I was confused when the plot left a straight through and started jumping around in different years Yes, there were moments when I was challenged in my own faith, but this book also left a lot of questions There s a lack of reflection on the writer s own part in resolving her own questions abou [...]

    16. Enjoyed reading this as I do most memoirs Lauren was raised Jewish, pursued Orthadox Judaism, them converted to Christianity after reading, I kid you not, Jan Karon s At Home in Mitford As an intellectual pursuing a PhD in History at some east coast university Columbia can t remember that s where she did her undergrad , she is somewhat sheepish about this She doesn t fit my typical Christian box, which is why I enjoyed the book so much it enlarged my view of who is a Christian and how God draws [...]

    17. On the whole, I think this book s big problem is that it s a memoir about a spiritual journey, which means it has two very different things to talk about, and both of them get short changed because she s not a good enough writer to pull it off The anecdotes about her life and the trajectory of her life feel scattered She doesn t give me great faith that she could even pull off a straight memoir Additionally, for someone who is so intellectually oriented, her discussions of religion feel very sup [...]

    18. Not quite what I expected a little bookish and tradition oriented than I was thinking but I liked it Honest, thoughtful, and personably real I have to wonder, though how on earth does a grad student afford a 900 piece of art

    19. This is an enjoyable memoir about the author s journey back and forth between Judaism and Christianity As someone who eventually became a professor at a divinity school, she raises many classic theological questions such as the mystery of Christ s Incarnation She also illustrates through her stories how religious conversion involves not just abstract questions of theology, but whole communities of people who can be affected by one s personal religious decisions.The first 200 pages were very enga [...]

    20. Possibly the biggest take away of this book for me was her value of liturgy in worship I grew up as a fairly devout Catholic rosary every night, sometimes 2x s night, etc and believed everything that was placed in front of me However, I can t say that I partook in communion with as much thought and reverence as I ought to have I can t say that I recited each Hail Mary and Our Father with sincerity Each time I dipped my finger in to the holy water and knelt before the altar as I made the sign of [...]

    21. What I find most interesting about Winner s story is that she chooses to label herself as Christian, and not as a Messianic Jew I love how even though those in her Orthodox Jewish community can t believe that she fell for that carpenter , here she is, writing about how her relationship with Jesus Christ came to be Also, to read about Christianity through the lens of Judaism is fascinating it strikes me that because the Jews are God s chosen people, there must be such a greater depth of richness [...]

    22. What I like about the book is its honesty It s not trying to be pious, instead it s just frankly speaking about the ups and downs of Winner s spiritual journey It s not commercial I don t know if anybody would think that it sounds superficial, but I clearly don t think so.One s point of view can differ deeply than others, let alone one s way of life But reading Winner s book reminds me of my own spiritual life, the feelings and thoughts that I had as a new Christian I just want to salute her for [...]

    23. Winner s thoughtful, often amusing, ruminations on her Path to a spiritual life won me over That path involved joining, then leaving, orthodox Judaism for Christianity There s less a juxtaposition than an experiential sampling of one over the other It leads to some significant insights and refreshingly brutal honesty But it also points out the weakness of Winner s conclusion While I enjoyed journeying with her, why she favored Christianity over Judaism or any other religion for that matter , see [...]

    24. I really loved this book Lauren has a unique perspective on the Christian faith, as learned through Jewish customs and traditions I love her journey of connecting things that she thought she always knew to things that she was starting to believe She is an avid reader and very intellectual and I think this has once again shown me that you can think critically about the bible and theology and what it still comes down to is faith I love that she acknowledges that her life before Christianity was be [...]

    25. I enjoyed this book I felt like she was sitting across from me while we were drinking coffee and eating scones and she was just sharing her life story The only thing I didn t like about this book is it jumped around a lot, from this time to past to present And while I could follow it there were times when I had to wonder what her point was Also I did feel like there were several points she talked down to the reader or tried to make everything about her This is usually the general problem I have [...]

    26. Reading a memoir is a bit like stumbling upon Marcia Brady s diary and sneaking a peek to see who she really is inside you end up thinking should I really be given access to this girl s thoughts A well written memoir is like a gripping novel, compelling you to turn one page, to finish just one chapter This book was that to me I really admire those who wrestle openly and honestly with their faith I learned a lot, and it will keep me thinking for a while, even now after the final page has been [...]

    27. This book has been on my literal TBR shelf for so long, and I think I read it at a good time Since we have just changed churches and I ve felt very unsettled in life in general, it helps to read stories of other people figuring out what they want their spiritual lives to look like The way this book is structured around the Jewish and Christian liturgical year also drew me in, as that is something I m trying to be mindful of I appreciated reading about the connection between the two religions as [...]

    28. I read Girl Meets God a year or so after it came out I don t remember it, other than being less than impressed I m now questioning my intellect because this second time around WOW Beautifully written memoir of Winner s conversion from Judaism to Christianity Great insights about faith from both perspectives.

    29. An insightful, witty, well written, frank memoir of a girl s conversion from Orthodox Judaism to Episcopalian Christianity Interesting insights into modern day evangelicalism, the relationship between Judaism and Christianity, and how your faith can affect every area of your life.

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