Cameron Dezen Hammon - 'This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession'
In conversation with Lauren Winner.
Recommended by Brené Brown in her 2019 roundup of Fall Book Love, Houston musician Hammon’s engrossing debut reveals the underside of “born again” evangelicalism on the southern megachurch music circuit.
Born in New York City, Hammon was raised Jewish and, while writing post-grunge folk-pop, which she performed at coffeehouses and small clubs in Lower Manhattan, she embraced the Christian community of Tribe house church and was baptized at age 26. Part inspiring spiritual memoir, part incisive cultural critique, her story of finding and losing faith is ultimately one of rebuilding a truer, braver self.
Lauren F. Winner writes and lectures widely on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations. She is an Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School. Her books include Girl Meets God and Wearing God. She has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today, and her essays have been included in several volumes of The Best Christian Writing.
In this memoir of faith and faltering, musician Cameron Dezen Hammon, a Jew-ish New Yorker, finds herself searching for love, meaning―a sign. She's led to Coney Island, where during a lightning storm, she is baptized in the murky waters of the Atlantic by a group of ragtag converts.