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)
Funny, Insightful, Relatable
I loved the irony of the Mormon boys initiating Julia's search for deeper spiritual meaning, only to lead her to atheism.
She's a fabulous comedian and actress and it really shows in her audio performance.
Absolutely. I found myself circling the block several times because I wasn't quite ready to put it away.
This is a wonderful, lighthearted look at one person's very personal journey towards letting go of god. It's appropriate for teens and adults, whether you're questioning your own beliefs or just looking for something less serious in the atheistic literature. I love that Julia isn't hateful or resentful of her religious upbringing; she just found that her skeptic nature couldn't reconcile with the supernatural. She is a delightful performer and I will be checking out her other works!
Yes! It's the same as having her talk to you not just in your head but in your ears.
Her interaction with the morman missionaries.
I can't just pick one!
THE BIBLE AND OLTHER works of fiction.
Laughing my way to heaven
A really moving story about the personal spiritually. It resonated with me and gave me permission to laugh at my own story and foibles.
Julia Sweeney addresses the issue of God, life, death and children with aplomb. Her honest discovery of God in her life is at times funny, frustrating and always honest. This listen may offend some, but I found it to be quite incredible. Enjoy!
When she talks about suffering I find it to be the one of the most difficult and honest moments of the performance.
It couldn't be done without her...
The book not only made me laugh, but it also made me cry.
This is the story of Julia's quest, as a girl from a Catholic family, to make sense of the church and the stories (often weird) in her bible. It takes her to look at other religions and the result is a deep search for meaning which is narrated in a perceptive and funny way. Her reading is laugh out loud funny but is never glib or shallow.
I laughed out loud a bunch of times listening to this book. Also, it made me think. And, Julia Sweeney is great company. This is already one of my favourites and I could see listening to it again.
Absolutely, a hilarious comedy routine, but also deeply personal and touching.
Yes, it's great!
Most of the best stuff has been widely seen online.
I was able to relate to her story. It was refreshing to get someone to tell this side of the story. So tired especially after all we heard about politics and religion..too much
made me laugh and cry
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
I love Julia Sweeney and her comedic style. She takes the very serious subject of a spiritual quest and manages to make you laugh with anecdotes while giving you something to ponder. It isn't all laughs, because it is a very serious subject, and it may offend some people. But if you listen with an open mind, it will make you think about faith, religion, and even the wonder of your own existence.
We don't all "struggle" with this subject. In fact, much like Julia, many of us find the mere thought of considering these thoughts out of the question. I would recommend this to someone who is questioning. I would never want to try and change someone's perception of God, but for someone who has questions for themselves, I would definitely recommend this because she leads the reader/listener through a very thoughtful, intelligent journey.
Julia IS the character in this book. I love her because she is so completely honest about her journey, her struggles, the fact that she often made course corrections. This was NOT a book about any new discovery. It was a book about one person's journey to discovering a truth that was right for her, but not after leaving no stone un turned.
Every time Julia came to what she felt like was a final discovery and then considered another way of thinking of things.
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