Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Wearing God

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Wearing God

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WEARING GOD

By Lauren F. Winner (HarperOne, 2015)

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"Sometimes, a hymn gets caught in my Hair ..." When an author serves up a sentence as whimsical and delicious as this on page two, it's a signal the reader will be rewarded early and often for committing to the whole book. Making a commitment to Wearing God will not disappoint. Be prepared for artful language and for thoughtful, careful ideas wrapped in a bunting and handed over with love. Each section amuses and challenges, entertains and instructs, invites disagreement and then welcomes you back when you're ready to concede her point. Which you may do quite a lot. Many books are worthwhile. This one could change everything you've imagined about God in scripture until now.

The premise of the work is that "language arranges power." How we think about God matters as much or more than what we say about God. Maybe we're not all as tired of shepherd and king and father images for divinity as Lauren Winner is, but we may admit they've been exploited to the breaking point of 21st-century imaginations. …

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