What an incredible book. I heard about this one NPR and as one who's shunned formal religion, you'd wonder why this book would pique my interest. Yet, it did and I couldn't put it down once I started - save for sleep. I read this in two evenings - about 3 hours in total. Winner is an engaging writer and this is an easy book to read.
With the exception of the first section, Sukkot, the book is broken down in sections named for the seasons of the Christian calendar - i.e., Advent, Christmas, Ephipany, etc... Yet the Jewish holidays are interwoven within and it's interesting to see the parallels and differences between the two religions.
Winner is quite a devout Christian - and at some points I nearly want to choke her and scream, "Will you just shut up about Jesus?", yet it's to be expected with a book like this. I was fascinated by her experiences both as a Jew and a Christian and appreciated getting to know the finer points of Orthodox Judaism, which has always seemed "strange" to me. I equate it with the Hasidim in Lakewood (NJ) or Williamsburg (Bklyn) who seem to live in their own little world. In her book, Winner showed me that an Orthodox Jew does not mean you shun modern society - instead, she moved in the same NYC I did, albeit with a different crowd.
Although I call neither Christianity nor Judaism my religion, I have a greater appreciation for both of them after reading this book. Part of me wishes that Winner had converted to Islam somewhere along the way so I could have in insight into the tenets of that faith as well. I've always been fascinated by religion and how they seem to share similar stories.
All in all - it's a beautiful memoir and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested.
Very interesting and well written memoir of a young woman's spiritual journey. I am a Christian and found this book to be very thought provoking and encouraging to my faith. Winner is an excellent writer!
I found this memoir compelling and interesting enough to want to finish although she lost me a few times with the back and forth between then and now. Could have been all the interruptions I had at the time. Good read for those interested in spiritual struggles.
I am actually reading this book right now. Its shows the journey of a girl who was once orthodox Jew who becomes a Christian and how she carries some of the jewish traditions in her her relationship with Christ. It also give a glimpse into the lives of Jews and what they believe and why they do what they do. Its a really interesting book.
I like Laurens style!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, written by an excellent scholar. Her research is sound, her written is humorous and from her heart. This Jew-turned-Orthodox Jew-turned-Espicopalian writes a stunning memoir of her journey through religious identity. EXCELLENT!
The child of a Jewish father and lapsed Southern Baptist mother chooses to become an Orthodox Jew. She eventually converts to Christianity and provides an account of her attempt to reconcile both sides of her spiritual identity. Very interesting reading.
I started reading this for my church Book Talk group. I really had a difficult time getting through it. I quit about two-thirds of the way through. I'm sorry I couldn't finish it, but I got board. Maybe the author is just too smart for me!
This book is a combination biography and testimony of Winner's spiritual journey. At times it seemed to read like a stream of consciousness, but I liked that way she honestly described her path from Judaism to Christianity. She was a querky, intelligent writing style that is fun to read.