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  • In the Family Way

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Pushing 40, coping with the break-up of a four-year relationship, Julia Sweeney suddenly had a frightening revelation: "How could I forget to have a family?" Admittedly, her prospects were bleak. She was previously divorced, with no current boyfriend - and no uterus (the result of cervical cancer and a hysterectomy). Undaunted, Sweeney decides to become a single mother, by adopting a girl from China.

    Wylielea says: "In the Family Way"
    "Laugh out Loud"
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    What did you love best about In the Family Way?

    I love Julia's way of telling a story in a way that relates to her audience. Most of us have all been through something that will allow us to relate to her story. I found her to be honest, funny and capable of sharing a difficult and stressful experience using humor as a vehicle. I love that she took us through the entire journey rather than just the "home stretch".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julia was my favorite character! She was willing to share her emotional journey and was not afraid to reveal the fact that she is flawed like the rest of us. I could relate to her.


    What about Julia Sweeney’s performance did you like?

    I always love to hear an author read their own work. I always feel like I am getting the "true" intent of their words when it is coming from the first person.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love that Julia is continually having defining moments as she continues to learn more an evolve as a person. I loved watching her journey as she discovered the meaning of family to her personally. It was beautiful to experience


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  • Letting Go of God

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
    Overall
    (1548)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (448)

    Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.

    Mark says: "A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery"
    "Food for Thought"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    We don't all "struggle" with this subject. In fact, much like Julia, many of us find the mere thought of considering these thoughts out of the question. I would recommend this to someone who is questioning. I would never want to try and change someone's perception of God, but for someone who has questions for themselves, I would definitely recommend this because she leads the reader/listener through a very thoughtful, intelligent journey.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julia IS the character in this book. I love her because she is so completely honest about her journey, her struggles, the fact that she often made course corrections. This was NOT a book about any new discovery. It was a book about one person's journey to discovering a truth that was right for her, but not after leaving no stone un turned.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every time Julia came to what she felt like was a final discovery and then considered another way of thinking of things.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mysterious Ways


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