In Girl Meets God, this appealingly honest young woman takes us through a year in her search for a religious identity. Despite her conversion to the Christian faith, she finds that her world is still shaped by her Jewish upbringing. Even as she rejoices in the holy days of the Christian calendar, she mourns the Jewish rituals she still holds dear. Attempting to reconcile the two sides of her religious self, Winner applies the lessons of Judaism to the teachings of the New Testament, hosts a Christian seder, and struggles to fit her Orthodox friends into her new religious life. Ultimately she learns that faith takes practice and belief is an ongoing challenge. Like Anne Lamott, Winner's journey to Christendom is bumpy, but it is the rocky path itself that makes her the perfect guide to exploring Christian spirituality in a complicated world.
The theology put forth in this book is absolutely horrendous. If you can get around her lack of understand of Baptism, or her descriptions of her person idolatry regimen to listen to her story, be my guest.
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Review 2 for Girl Meets God: A Memoir
Date:February 7, 2004
Loved it! Winner's style is straightforward and refreshing in its honesty. Her meeting with God does not happen in a moment, and is not free of bumps and confusion. How typical, if we too are honest! I applaud the guts it takes to present a truthful portrayal of oneself, an accomplishment which makes this book a true memoir, and an excellent one. An interesting, inspirational, and thought-provoking read. My copy has already found its way into the hands of friends. Try it!