Born-again bio

Girl Meets God: On the Path to a Spiritual Life. By Lauren F. Winner. Algonquin Books, 305 pp., $23.95.

If there’s anything worse than books by writers in their mid-20s looking back on life, it’s books by people who have found Jesus. Unless you’re Augustine or John Donne, your spiritual autobiography, while doubtless thrilling to your parents, is probably going to sound trite. So Lauren Winner’s combination of genres—a memoir before its time, and a story about finding God—augurs to be deadly. But the author’s account of her odyssey from Orthodox Judaism to evangelical Christianity makes a vivid book.


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