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The Rev. Dr. Lauren F. Winner, Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School, has written a book which deals with a person caught in the midst of a faith crisis.  According to Dr. Winner, “I hope this would in particular be a useful resource for chaplains–for chaplains themselves, and for many hospital and hospice patients who have been thrown into a faith crisis by illness—and that I would thus be honored to make a copy available to any NC chaplain who thinks it might be a helpful book.”  If you are interested in receiving a copy of her book, you may contact her at:  lwinner@div.duke.edu.

Below is a short and helpful Publishers Weekly starred review of Still:

Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis

Lauren F. Winner. HarperOne, $24.99 (256p) ISBN 978-0-06-176811-8

In present-tense, lyrical essays of varying lengths, some brief paragraphs, others pages long, the author 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 that she never expected to encounter after her conversion from Judaism to Christianity, Winner’s (Girl Meets God) use of rhythm and image bring poetic nuances to her exquisitely crafted prose. Narrative accounts of visiting her mother’s grave; “the failed cool-professor moment;” infiltrating a synagogue, in costume, to participate in Purim; and a church visit that results in her holding hands with “one of the people from whom Jesus would have cast a demon” all provide an intimate window into a seeker trying to find equilibrium in a stage of faith and life that is neither beginning nor end, but, she fears, “an extended sojourn into the spiritual equivalent of middle school.” Evocative section titles (“hospitality: an icon,” “female saints, their intimacy with Jesus”) and quotes from poets, theologians, and friends prove inviting, while a circumspect honesty conveys both intimacy and privacy. Author interview included. (Feb.)

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