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)
Letting go of God is more like a live one woman show than a traditional audio book. Julia Sweeney tells the story of giving up religion in a sad, funny and heartbreaking manner. I have listened to it twice, and will probably do it again. She is like the opposite of atheists like Richard Dawkins: She knows what it means to have faith, and to willingly give the faith up for uncertainty.
I'm a software developer.
Yes. It's a great title to just 'throw on' anytime.
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.
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.
#1 so far..
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.
Towards the end...I don't want to give it away
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
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.
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