I'd wish my usage of the term "theatricalization" to be taken, not in a negative way, at all, but, rather, in a "neutral" one. Actually, I began considering the word "novelization", but, as the reading is delivered on the stage, and as it works so well in that setting, I consider it to be a better way of describing it.
That notwithstanding, the concept is also useful for expressing my impression that Sweeney did a lot of "adapting" to her, let's say, "spiritual" experiences, in order to drive her message home more effectively. Regarding this, the well-timed aparition of both couples of mormons looks rather suspicious.
But I hardly think this is something to make much of, as it's a well known fact that most writing is "subjective" (i.e., a fiction), in some measure, and rhetoric ought to be expected. In any case, I'd have preferred that Sweeney had avoided over-dramatizing her lecture: it gets too pathetic on occasions, and too teary from time to time -in a noticeable forced way-.
Also, perhaps, I'd have liked the author to comment more about the "imprint" phenomenon, that is, the lasting effects of religion being instilled in young minds. Sweeney refers to it in passing: "once a Catholic, alwasys a Catholic".
Apart from that, I think this is a work worth listening to: it explores the experiential aspect of the free-thinker mind, which is a matter rarely considered on more "technical" atheist books.
This is a funny book on a serious matter. You can see why so many are still in the closet. It's good to see some humor on the subject.
While there are some funny parts to the book I downloaded it based on the rating it had received. I listened to the entire book hoping to find some redeeming value but my overall impression was that it was two hours of my life that I will never get back. It is simply her version of life (mixed with humor) and concluding that there is no Creator. I feel sorry for her adopted child.
it's a sad book. In her search for God she looked in every religion, except in the one right place. I am an average Muslim, and i was able to answer all of her questions.
she then questions the truth of the bible and its accuracy. She discovers that it has been edited so many times in so many ways. Everybody knows that. (That is why God sent the Quran.)