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)
I absolutely loved this audio book! Julia Sweeny does such a wonderful job of explaining a very personal, sometimes painful soul-searching journey into her spiritual beliefs. I loved it because it also mirrored my own journey and took me to the same place in almost the exact same way. She tells her story in a humorous, but very intelligent manner that is very enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone who has ever grappled with the question, "What if there is no god?"
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.
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 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!
For the many believers who avoid reasoned, if undiplomatic, arguments assailing their religion by attacking the messengers, Julia Sweeney is the answer. Julia offered nothing that further shored up my disdain for religion - I didn't need it. The older I get, the more ridiculous religion seems to me. What is clear, however, is how many believers disregard the arguments of Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris by whining about how abrasive these fellows are. And they are abrasive - who can blame them? But let's not go there - because Julia Sweeney does not go there. Where she takes us is on a delightful, heartfelt personal journey during which she finally concludes that she can no longer believe in the unbelievable. She's funny. She's sincere. And best of all, she's right.
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!
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.
Julia has a wonderful way with words. She was very accurate in her description of Mormon missionaries (I grew up LDS) and her story of her parents reaction to her Atheist "coming out" reminds me very much of my own experience being a non-believer in the heart of "Zion". I definitely encourage any Agnostic, Humanist, Atheist or open minded believer to listen to this
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