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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 AudibleĀ®! 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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    Phyllis Chicago, IL, USA 08-23-07
    Phyllis Chicago, IL, USA 08-23-07
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    "Julia is Great"

    Julia is just plain great. She is a bright, articulate comic who finds humor in life. I learned from her experiences and enjoyed her take on religions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paula magnolia, TX, USA 07-29-07
    Paula magnolia, TX, USA 07-29-07
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    "Very enjoyable"

    this is one person's account of her journey from belief to non-belief. it is very non threatening and entertaining. A great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Pacific Palisades, CA USA 07-24-07
    Richard Pacific Palisades, CA USA 07-24-07 Member Since 2004

    Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.

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    "Very clever and thought-provoking"

    Ms Sweeney is a masterful, thought-provoking, clever storyteller. And her monologue is very entertaining.

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    Jack W. Saunders 06-17-07 Listener Since 2006
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    "Accurate and funny"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Plano, TX, USA 06-05-07
    Kim Plano, TX, USA 06-05-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Download This!"

    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.

    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bartosz Farmingham, MA, USA 05-12-07
    Bartosz Farmingham, MA, USA 05-12-07
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    "Pleasure and fun!"

    What a great book! I recommended for believers and unbelievers and those in between.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glorianne Broomfield, CO, USA 03-02-07
    Glorianne Broomfield, CO, USA 03-02-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Insightful humor about a serious subject"

    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.

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    George bristol, CT, USA 04-13-10
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    "Julia is amazing!"

    Excellent audio book. Julia nailed the narration on this book and had me at the edge of my seat!

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    january huntersville, NC, United States 09-08-12
    january huntersville, NC, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A profound experience told with humor"

    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?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 04-15-09
    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 04-15-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful and witty, a great fun..."

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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