Lauren Winner Book Wins Honors

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

A memoir by Lauren Winner, assistant professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School, has been named a "Best Book of 2012" in the religion category by Publishers Weekly and a 2013 Book Award winner in the spirituality category by Christianity Today.

The memoir, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, explores an unexpected crisis in the middle of her faith journey, and has drawn national attention from the Christian and popular media since its publication in January.

In the book, Winner writes of finding herself in a mid-faith crisis that caught her by surprise and situated her in a stage during which God seemed to be hiding. “Yet in those same moments of strained belief, of not knowing where or if God is, it has also seemed that the Christian story keeps explaining who and where I am, better than any other story I know,” she writes.

She also writes that American Christianity has often taught people how to talk about the beginnings of their faith lives—their conversions, their born-again moments—but has offered less language for narrating the complicated middles of the spiritual life.

Winner writes and lectures on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations. Her other books include Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, Real Sex, and A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith.