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Letting Go of God

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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 Audible®! 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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    S. Parikh 04-22-14
    S. Parikh 04-22-14

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    Would you listen to Letting Go of God again? Why?

    Yes. It's a great title to just 'throw on' anytime.


    Any additional comments?

    Julia Sweeney's performance is amazing, and her personal stories of discovery as something many people should able to relate to. With a comic twist, Sweeney is able to eloquently communicate her path to non-belief.

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    michelle MULVANE, KS, United States 02-02-14
    michelle MULVANE, KS, United States 02-02-14

    A newly found fan of audiobooks. Not much credit as a professional critic. Yet my review are more from the 'average persons' point of view.

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    Where does Letting Go of God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #1 so far..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julia is my favorite just because she's so darn relatable. I grew up somewhat Catholic as she did.I think I loved it so much because she was so honest.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Sweeney – was your favorite?

    Julia again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Towards the end...I don't want to give it away


    Any additional comments?

    Were our parents really that naive/ stupid? I'm not necessarily a "Catholic" anymore. I guess I still call myself one because I was baptized against my will (not that I had much of an opinion at 1 week old) :D

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    Jessica 07-20-13
    Jessica 07-20-13
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    "A Humorous, Gentle Story of Letting Go"
    If you could sum up Letting Go of God in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Insightful, Relatable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Letting Go of God?

    I loved the irony of the Mormon boys initiating Julia's search for deeper spiritual meaning, only to lead her to atheism.


    What about Julia Sweeney’s performance did you like?

    She's a fabulous comedian and actress and it really shows in her audio performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. I found myself circling the block several times because I wasn't quite ready to put it away.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    tami kamuela, HI, United States 07-02-13
    tami kamuela, HI, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "If you are uptight stop now!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Letting Go of God to be better than the print version?

    Yes! It's the same as having her talk to you not just in your head but in your ears.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her interaction with the morman missionaries.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Sweeney – was your favorite?

    I can't just pick one!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    THE BIBLE AND OLTHER works of fiction.


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    Vanessa Bellville, South Africa 06-02-13
    Vanessa Bellville, South Africa 06-02-13
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    "I was laughing so much I cried"
    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Laughing my way to heaven


    Any additional comments?

    A really moving story about the personal spiritually. It resonated with me and gave me permission to laugh at my own story and foibles.

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    Todd M B Atlanta, GA United States 03-30-13
    Todd M B Atlanta, GA United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Bittersweet, honest and at time utterly hysterical"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Letting Go of God to be better than the print version?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Letting Go of God?

    When she talks about suffering I find it to be the one of the most difficult and honest moments of the performance.


    What does Julia Sweeney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It couldn't be done without her...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book not only made me laugh, but it also made me cry.


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    Julie Townsville, Australia 03-16-13
    Julie Townsville, Australia 03-16-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Hilarious and thought provoking"

    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.

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    Elaine Wilhelm 03-09-13

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    "Funny and Smart"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 02-20-13
    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 02-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Funy to the last!"
    Would you listen to Letting Go of God again? Why?

    Absolutely, a hilarious comedy routine, but also deeply personal and touching.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it's great!


    Any additional comments?

    Most of the best stuff has been widely seen online.

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    Dianne Hendersonville, NC, United States 02-11-13
    Dianne Hendersonville, NC, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about Letting Go of God?

    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


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    made me laugh and cry


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