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Letting Go of God | [Julia Sweeney]

Letting Go of God

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Anyone who thinks that Julia Sweeney is just the comedian who played "Pat" on Saturday Night Live, doesn't know Julia Sweeney. Letting Go of God, an elegantly written and beautifully performed monologue about her loss of faith, made me laugh - a lot - and think even more. Far from being an angry atheistic screed, it is an uplifting journey of the heart. —Steve Feldberg

Publisher's Summary

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. "Next thing you know, I was on a quest for something I could really believe in. I traveled to places like Bhutan, Ecuador, and my local Starbucks looking for answers. Would I embrace Buddhism? New Age pseudo-science? Was I a freak for feeling the way I did, or were there other people out there just like me? I was grappling with serious questions. But, somehow, a lot of the things that were happening to me seemed, well, funny."

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.

There's lots more Julia Sweeney available at Audible®! Just click here to download In the Family Way, her appearances on This American Life, her Un-Cabaret performances, and other great programs.

©2006 Julia Sweeney; (P)2006 Julia Sweeney

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Dale L Minnesota 11-17-07
    Dale L Minnesota 11-17-07 Member Since 2007
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    "She Nailed It"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Theodore Murrysville, PA, USA 12-07-07
    Theodore Murrysville, PA, USA 12-07-07
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    "Letting go while laughing"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hugo TienenBelgium 09-04-07
    Hugo TienenBelgium 09-04-07
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    "Great"

    Julia brings a smile to my face and makes me think at the same time!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Candice St. Louis, MO, USA 03-11-07
    Candice St. Louis, MO, USA 03-11-07
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    "A fun narration of a trip toward atheism"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Sheung WanHong Kong 07-02-08
    Christopher Sheung WanHong Kong 07-02-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Definitely down load this..."

    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.
    Fantastic.

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    Jennifer 04-30-08
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    "Funny without being irreverant, rude, or pushy"

    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!

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    Shannon Durham, NC, USA 04-19-07
    Shannon Durham, NC, USA 04-19-07
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    "Pick up, God, I know your there!"

    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.

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    Jose United States 03-23-14
    Jose United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Well worth two hours of your time"

    This was one of my first Audible books, and I loved it. I found Julia Sweeney’s performance to be more than entertaining- I laughed and smiled most of the way through, thinking this person is brilliant, but it was clearly not all fun and games for her to come to her decision- to let go of God. How could it be? If you are interested in the spiritual, you should listen to this audio book, especially if your instinct is to push up against the title, not because I think you should be converted one way or the other, but because it’s that good. I feel we need to do more than just listen to what others think about when it comes these matters, we need to try to deeply understand their points of view in order to fully understand our own. This is well worth two hours of your time.

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    "a great spring board for additional discussion."
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    I enjoyed learning Julia's story and hearing how she has searched and thought out a spiritual foundation for herself. She asked many of the same questions, struggled with the same text, attitudes and dogma I did while attending seminary. I have great respect for Julia, because her beliefs are her own based on her own prayer, meditation, study and search, and not that of a closed minded faith that was handed to her without her own participation. I found this book to be smart, fresh and thoughful. Blessing to you Julia on your continued search.

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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 08-01-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2006

    My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

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    "Brilliant story of one person's spiritual journey"

    I don't agree with Sweeney's conclusions but that didn't stop me from absolutely enjoying every minute of the story of her evolving relationship with religion, spirituality, and God.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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