Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis

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A memoir of faith struggle and abidingIn this sequel to her popular memoir Girl Meets God, Lauren Winner explores the theme of abiding in God, especially when, after her divorce and feelings of failure, believing is not as easy as it had once been. In the American Church, we have a long tradition of telling spiritual stories that culminate in conversion, in the narrator s joining the church, getting dunked in the waters of baptism, getting saved. Here s a better question than why did you become a Christian. Why are you a Christian this morning? Why are you a Christian this week? After a failed marriage and bored with God talk and Bible reading, the author discovers all the ways she is maintained, held, and even healed by God s people, God s church, and spiritual surprises. Winner discovers that much of Christian literature is, essentially, the case for choosing the Christian life. But she found few sources for what she needed: a spirituality of maintenance. And that is what she set out to do.

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Still The author of "Girl Meets God," a regular contributor to the "New York Times" and "Washington Post," and one of the most exciting literary voices writing today, Winner joins the ranks of Anne Lamott and Barbara Brown Taylor at the crossroads of culture and spirituality. Full description

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"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)

"Anyone committed to truly examining the shape of personal faith, unfolding over the years in a broken world, should sense a fruitful opportunity, if not a solemn obligation, to expound at length...[Winner] probes these depths as deftly and eloquently as anyone writing today... An instant spiritual classic."--Christianity Today

"Compulsively readable, direct yet never indiscreet, Winner's book shows intelligence and verve as it seriously addresses the spiritual crises around God's apparent absence or silence, as faced by many. A must-have for Winner's readers and fans of Anne Lamott."--Library Journal (starred review)

"Titles to pick up now... "Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis" insights on spiritual uncertainty from a devout Christian convert."--O, the Oprah Magazine

"Elegantly written . . . eminently readable."--Booklist

"The book is made to pour over again and again. You'll fill the pages with underlines, the margins with notes. Each short chapter is loaded with insights that don't so much build on one another as weave a rich tapestry of possibilities in the midst of a spiritual desert."--Relevant Magazine

"Winner writes thoughtfully and eloquently about finding herself in the middle and accepting her place there."--Shelf Awareness

"[A] provocative memoir . . . an open, honest contemplation of a spiritual impasse."--Kirkus Reviews

""Still" grasps for faith in a Middle space and discovers a stranger, bigger and more faithful God than we expected."--Relevant Magazine

"Soft and vulnerable, yet blunt and veracious . . . If you're a lover of books like "Traveling Mercies" by Anne Lamott or any other writers who are not afraid to unveil their imperfections in hopes of finding kindred spirits, then take this walk with Winner."--Beliefnet

"In an age when it is much easier to make fun of the church than to love it ... Winner has made the church a main character so honestly drawn that we recognize it ... treasure it and laugh in amazement that God can work with it. Still."--Christian Century

"Winner possesses a flair for narrative and a willingness to use her life's story as an easel. . . . Like Anne Lamott ("Traveling Mercies"), or Elizabeth Gilbert ("Eat, Pray, Love"), Winner is at her best spinning small but hopeful meditations on life's imperfections."--The Washington Post

"Lauren Winner's brave, spare, and subtle book is a great gift to the church. She lifts up doubt and absence with enough honesty to reveal the unfinished edges, and the radiance, of faith itself."--Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread and Jesus Freak

"Not for the faint-hearted, Winner's book not only undresses and confronts doubt, but imparts new courage to trust God through it."--Worship Leader Magazine

"Winner is one of those gifted teachers who slips in some wisdom along with the sweet stuff on the spoon. We take our medicine from the ancients, the Christian mystics and the scriptures while tasting the sweetness of her narrative."--Christian Century

""Still" is about losing the connection to God, or Jesus, and then getting that connection back."--Washington Post

"An unusually painful story, told with rare honesty by an unusually gifted writer."--N.T. Wright, author of Simply Jesus

"Winner grabs God's hiddenness by the shoulders and will not let go. She knows the grace that can only be learned when we stand with Moses, staring into the raging waters, and hear a voice say, 'The LORD will fight for you; you need only to stand still."--Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of The Wisdom of Stability

"Still water reveals depth--as does this account of ordinary life and what lies beneath."--Philip Yancey, author of What Good Is God?

"Despite deep pain and doubt, Winner relentlessly searches God's mysteries, seeking peace and authenticity in her faith. Her spiritual memoir is unblinking, credible, and compelling."--Christianity Today (Christianity Today 2013 Book Award, Spirituality)

"Lauren Winner's prose is insightful, honest and always right on point. In each best-selling book, the Duke professor reclaims previously clich?-laden topics and has developed a new vocabulary for a generation fed up with conventional answers."--"Relevant Magazine"

Anyone committed to truly examining the shape of personal faith, unfolding over the years in a broken world, should sense a fruitful opportunity, if not a solemn obligation, to expound at length [Winner] probes these depths as deftly and eloquently as anyone writing today An instant spiritual classic. --Christianity Today"

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)"

Compulsively readable, direct yet never indiscreet, Winner s book shows intelligence and verve as it seriously addresses the spiritual crises around God s apparent absence or silence, as faced by many. A must-have for Winner s readers and fans of Anne Lamott. --Library Journal (starred review)"

Titles to pick up now... "Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis" insights on spiritual uncertainty from a devout Christian convert. --O, the Oprah Magazine"

Elegantly written . . . eminently readable. --Booklist"

The book is made to pour over again and again. You ll fill the pages with underlines, the margins with notes. Each short chapter is loaded with insights that don t so much build on one another as weave a rich tapestry of possibilities in the midst of a spiritual desert. --Relevant Magazine"

[A] provocative memoir . . . an open, honest contemplation of a spiritual impasse. --Kirkus Reviews"

Winner writes thoughtfully and eloquently about finding herself in the middle and accepting her place there. --Shelf Awareness"

"Still" grasps for faith in a Middle space and discovers a stranger, bigger and more faithful God than we expected. --Relevant Magazine"

Soft and vulnerable, yet blunt and veracious . . . If you re a lover of books like "Traveling Mercies" by Anne Lamott or any other writers who are not afraid to unveil their imperfections in hopes of finding kindred spirits, then take this walk with Winner. --Beliefnet"

Winner possesses a flair for narrative and a willingness to use her life s story as an easel. . . . Like Anne Lamott ("Traveling Mercies"), or Elizabeth Gilbert ("Eat, Pray, Love"), Winner is at her best spinning small but hopeful meditations on life s imperfections. --The Washington Post"

Lauren Winner s brave, spare, and subtle book is a great gift to the church. She lifts up doubt and absence with enough honesty to reveal the unfinished edges, and the radiance, of faith itself. --Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread and Jesus Freak"

Winner grabs God s hiddenness by the shoulders and will not let go. She knows the grace that can only be learned when we stand with Moses, staring into the raging waters, and hear a voice say, The LORD will fight for you; you need only to stand still. --Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of The Wisdom of Stability"

Still water reveals depth--as does this account of ordinary life and what lies beneath. --Philip Yancey, author of What Good Is God?"

An unusually painful story, told with rare honesty by an unusually gifted writer. --N.T. Wright, author of Simply Jesus"

Not for the faint-hearted, Winner s book not only undresses and confronts doubt, but imparts new courage to trust God through it. --Worship Leader Magazine"

Winner is one of those gifted teachers who slips in some wisdom along with the sweet stuff on the spoon. We take our medicine from the ancients, the Christian mystics and the scriptures while tasting the sweetness of her narrative. --Christian Century"

In an age when it is much easier to make fun of the church than to love it ... Winner has made the church a main character so honestly drawn that we recognize it ... treasure it and laugh in amazement that God can work with it. Still. --Christian Century"

"Still" is about losing the connection to God, or Jesus, and then getting that connection back. --Washington Post"

Despite deep pain and doubt, Winner relentlessly searches God s mysteries, seeking peace and authenticity in her faith. Her spiritual memoir is unblinking, credible, and compelling. --Christianity Today (Christianity Today 2013 Book Award, Spirituality)"

Lauren Winner s prose is insightful, honest and always right on point. In each best-selling book, the Duke professor reclaims previously clich?-laden topics and has developed a new vocabulary for a generation fed up with conventional answers. --"Relevant Magazine""

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