Julia has a great conversation voice and is easy to understand. The subject of "letting go of God" is of much importance in our current world plight. She doesn't push her atheist ideas in your face- if you're just starting on your path in looking for others opinions on religion and God or gods this is one of the best ways to start- with a good laugh at something too many hold too dear.
This has been my favourite audio book. Julia delivers it like a stand up routine, with thoughtful moments that are inspiring. I never knew of her work before I happened upon this, and will now look into everything else she has done. Its really fun, intelligent and humble.
This book is hilarious while discussing a serious subject. While I do not share the Julia's destination, I very much enjoyed listening to the journey. Unlike many of the reviewers, I can't let go of my belief in God. The book did, however, help me to think about my beliefs. It is well written, "researched", and presented. I recommend it for anyone and everyone!
When you can take a subject this serious and make it entertaining, sensitive, informative, funny, and most of all persuasive, you should be congratulated with lots of superlatives. Julia's journey paralleled mine so closely that I'm surprised we didn't meet each other on the path. Regardless of your religious persuasion, listen to this recording. You owe it to yourself.
Manages to be funny, irreverent, and respectful all at once. This was not tossed off in a day, but is a thouroughly though out and honest exposition of personal change. Not for the dogmatic religionist or stone=cold athiest. Shows true compassion, emotion, and rationality.
This is a one-woman monologue of a trip toward atheism. It's marvelously funny and worth downloading even if you're not interested in the subject matter per se. I myself believe in God and wasn't swayed in the least by her story/argument, so don't be afraid to listen to this if you're a believer. It will give you insight into how the other side thinks. If you're a secular humanist or skeptic, you'll love it!
No, not for me. I assumed wrongly in buying this.
I had bought two..I think they are miss represented. If I was looking for this type of thing It was OK. BUT I WAS NOT.
Funny, good performance.
It is not a book...and I bought her other when I purchased this one : (
I was looking for real answers. Seeking real help. So was extremely disappointed when I discovered it was a comedy routine. I had a very real need to search for answers to a REAL problem.
Yes, Julia tells a wonderfull story of a happy little girl growing up and beginning to ask questions as why we believe these things were taught. The deep and harder she looked at these gems the prevalent the flaws became.
She managed to make a sound argument without being disrespectfull to others who cherish thier faith.
You could easily sense how dificult this journey was her to make. Each corner a new dispointment.
I laughed, at the banter with her priest. I cried at the realazation that those we love are just gone that all we keep with us is the memmories.
Such a prize to have found this ,
Raised an atheist, I have sometimes found the voices of atheists can be loud, uneducated and dare I say intolerant. This book will not change your views, but it will challenge you to examine them. Humor and personal anecdotes can be the best way to express one's views. Ms. Sweeney is honest and funny! What a great combination.