Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God
Lauren F. Winner is an ordained Episcopal priest and author of Girl Meets God, Muddhouse Sabbath and Still, which won the Christianity Today Book Award in Spirituality. Winner is Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School. She is also vicar of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Louisburg, N.C.
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 explores lesser-known, and little-used Biblical metaphors for God. She reflects on how they work biblically and culturally, and reveals how they can open new doorways for our lives and spiritualities. 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. Wearing God "enriches our theological imagination by calling our attention to neglected images of God in the Scripture: God as clothing and fire, God as the woman who labors and the one who laughs"(Jen Pollock Michel).
Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God won the 2016 Christianity Today Book Award for Spiritual Formation.
From the Back Cover:
“Lauren’s curiosity about the life of faith is so compelling—and her intelligence so engaging—that there is nothing more satisfying than settling down with a new book from her. The only problem is that it is impossible to read her without being changed; so advance at your own risk.” - Barbara Brown Taylor, author of Learning to Walk in the Dark
"A warm, playful reflection that not only expands our understanding of God, but also highlights the delicate interweaving of language and imagination." - Relevant magazine
"Lauren Winner is one of my all-time favorite writers. The images she introduces me to in Wearing God have styed with me, enriching my prayers and broadening my view of God." - Shauna Niequest, author of Savor
"Playful, serious, informative, devotional, and as important as it is gratifying.... I read it with the sort of joy one feels when watching someone utterly hit their stride." - Christian Century