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)
Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.
Ms Sweeney is a masterful, thought-provoking, clever storyteller. And her monologue is very entertaining.
Bought it for my ipod. Bought a CD to share with "brought-up-Catholic" friends. It was great to hear my thoughts from years ago (I left religion in 1964) reflected in a much more loving and humorous way that I could have expressed them. People who are "searching" should be given this as a gift.
I knew who Pat was but never watched SNL, so I was first introduced to Julia Sweenie when I rented "And God Said Ha!" because it was produced by Tarrantino. Although not a typical Tarrantino production, I loved it just the same so downloading this was an easy decision.
Julia Sweenie is a fantastic storyteller, and has true talent for expressing the humor inherent in life.
This is one of those books that, if you were reading it on paper, you would not put down. On audiobook, I had to keep driving around so I could listen. Once it was over, I listened to it again. And then told all my friends about it. For anyone who has searched for God and been disillusioned by an eventual loss of the childhood belief in him, Sweeney portrays her journey from Catholicism to Atheism with humor, tact, and insight.
I heard an excerpt of this performance a few years ago on This American Life. I searched everywhere for it but could not remember Julia Sweeney's name, nor find the episode it was played on. I downloaded this because the description of it sounded funny, but within the first few minutes I realized this was the story I had been looking for for years! I burst into the living room where my husband was watching golf and shouted, "I found it! I found it!" while jumping up and down. Well, he already thought I was a little strange before that.
I had a similar experience to the one told by Ms. Sweeney. The major difference is, in my head it seems so sad and complicated, but when she tells it, I can finally see the humor in it. She takes a huge life altering realization and relates it in a funny and profound way. I have used some of the things she said in this performance in arguments with my right-wing evangelical christian mother. I was worried at first that my mother might find out that I pretty much stole someone else's words and used them as my own. But then I thought, who am I kidding. Only people like me listen to this sort of thing. My mother would never be caught dead listening to such apostate teachings. I mean, really! What would the ladies at church think?
It's a fun performance, I love her performance, even as a Revisionist Christian, I can appreciate her sense of humour. It's good to know that someone can amuse people using a subject that generated so much hatred, conflict and debate. Brilliant.
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