Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith. Grappling with the seeming contradictions in Adam and Eve, Noah, the Ten Commandments, and even the teachings of Jesus - and trying to understand the Bible's messages about morality, family values, and human suffering while faced with door-knocking Mormons and wise-cracking priests - Sweeney takes listeners on her very personal journey from God to "not-God".
This performance was recorded on November 19, 2005, at the Ars Nova Theatre in New York City.
Julia Sweeney was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1989-94, and is best known for the mysteriously androgynous character, "It's Pat!". She has also served as a consulting producer on Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives. Letting Go of God is her third monologue. She performed her first, God Said, "Ha!", in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and on Broadway, as well as in a film produced by Quentin Tarantino. The CD version was nominated for a Grammy.
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"Searing and bracingly funny....Letting Go of God is refreshingly unrancorous, lucid and, yes, inspirational." (The New York Times)
"Letting Go of God is a gale-force breath of fresh air into the mostly political dialogue about religion in our time." (Los Angeles Times)
Don't get me started.
This was my "Free book" (this or Dawkins "God Delusion") and I've listened to it dozens of times previously but never in a fashion that Audible would notice it and mark it read, apparently. So I just gave it another listen in the app. Laughed and cried all over again. This humorous look at the well-trodden path to atheism is probably the best way to answer the questions asked of atheists universally. Save yourself some time and gift it to that relative who thinks you eat babies. They might even thank you for it.
Legal Thrillers, crime, fiction. humor and a bit of management sprinkled with some self improvement. All through Audible.
Hilarious! There are many other things in this book which you can choose, but having a good laugh is not a choice while listening to it. Do not be afraid. Download 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.
This book came as part of my search for "Christian" books.
Although Julia is probably a well renowned comedian I do not feel that it is not appropriate to have a book which is categorised in your library as "Christian" when indeed there is so much bad language and insulting messages about Jesus.
Julia is a crack up. Seeing the world thru her eyes, I can see why she does not believe in God. Faith requires convincing evidence. (Hebrews 11:1) I hope she keeps on looking. The truth is out there Julia.
This is a heartfelt, thoughtful, and really funny monologue about the author's search for truth. Highly recommended. I just wish it were longer.
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.
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