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After a period of indifference to the Bible, Episcopal priest Lauren Winner became newly fascinated with Scripture. She began to ask, “What pictures, what images and metaphors, does the Bible give us for who God is, and what ways of being with God might those pictures invite?”

Winner augmentsher exploration of biblical metaphors for God—clothing, smell, bread, vine, laboring woman, laughter, and flame—with the social and cultural history of these objects or actions. She concludes with a humble confession: “God’s utter difference from the world is too much to describe, and God’s nearest intimacy with the world is too near to name.”

Reformed readers might not agree with every conclusion Winner draws. However, her willingness to share her frailties and struggles and to ask hard questions are admirable. (HarperOne)

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