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)
yes - her comedic timing and delivery really enhance the experience. much of the comedy comes from hearing her tell her own story.
i first discovered this presentation on ted.com - just a 20 minute condensation of it. when i learned there was a full book i was eager to enjoy her full discourse and i'm so glad i opted for the audio version. i've listened through twice now - sharing with friends on a road trip. they, too, really enjoyed it.
julia sweeney has a brilliant mind and i love the way her thought processes work.
No, not for me. I assumed wrongly in buying this.
I had bought two..I think they are miss represented. If I was looking for this type of thing It was OK. BUT I WAS NOT.
Funny, good performance.
It is not a book...and I bought her other when I purchased this one : (
I was looking for real answers. Seeking real help. So was extremely disappointed when I discovered it was a comedy routine. I had a very real need to search for answers to a REAL problem.
It felt as if she was reading my life! helped me get to a conclusion! loved it.
I applaud Julia for seeking meaning to her family and personal tragedies. Questions are hard to ask, and the answers usually take us in an unexpected direction.
I found this book sometimes wrenching to listen to because of the emotions expressed through Julia's performance.
I would recommend this book to a friend who was not emotionally fragile.
Insightful observations from childhood through adulthood
Her penchant for reminiscence with extreme detail and humorous conclusions
Trying Hard at Letting Go
Though I find the final conclusion suprising the path getting there was honest and very funny.
Honest, relevant, and poignant
When she finally decided
When she finally decided to let go and try to live like god doesn’t exist. It was a powerful image of god sitting by the door waiting to leave and Julia telling him to take his time.
Sometimes you just have to say goodbye
I've enjoyed several pieces by Julia Sweeny. This one is my favorite.
This wasn't so much an audiobook as it was the audio of a one-person show. Not that it really mattered. Short, and yet a little long in parts, this was an enjoyable listen of her spiritual journey. Julia tells the story of her ambitious, loyal effort to retain a belief in the God she grew up with. I was interested to listen as my study of Judaism had led me to the surprising discovery that many ritual-following, synagogue-going Jews are actually atheists and I am still struggling to understand why. Julia's upbringing was Catholic but I thought her story might shed more light on how it is people "lose" their religion, or keep their religion but subtract the belief in God. I can't say I gained any insights that I didn't already have but it was an enjoyable journey to take with her for a little less than 3 hours.
A few years back someone challenged me to take a look at religion again because I wasn't declaring a faith or lack of one. They didn't like some of the things I was pointing out in the bible. It also led me to look into the Koran. Julia goes through the points throughout her life that led her to let go of God. This is a very similar journey many others have taken. If you want to learn about some of the hidden facts of religion this is for you.
Guy with Weird Interests
Not as hard core as Dawkins, a nice fun listen for anyone who would enjoy a heartfelt, emotional speech from a woman who decideds to let go of her faith in God.
Sitting, on the freeway, for over 90 minutes waiting for an accident to clear. I had just finished listening to a book, and while scrolling through my library, this caught my eye. I was laughing, nodding my head, enjoying every moment of Julia's book. She takes a very complex and personal conversation and shares, for which I will always be thankful.
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