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Me of Little Faith | [Lewis Black]

Me of Little Faith

What do we believe? And in God's name why? Lewis Black has the answers. Or at least his answers. He survived Hebrew school and a bar mitzvah (barely), was a 60's college student who saw the parallels between religious rapture and drug-induced visions (even if none of his friends did), explored the self-actualization movement of the 70's (and the self-indulgence it engendered), and turned a cynical eye toward politicians who don the cloak of religious rectitude to cover up their own hypocrisy.
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What do we believe? And in God's name why? Lewis Black has the answers. Or at least his answers.

He survived Hebrew school and a bar mitzvah (barely), was a 60's college student who saw the parallels between religious rapture and drug-induced visions (even if none of his friends did), explored the self-actualization movement of the 70's (and the self-indulgence it engendered), and turned a cynical eye toward politicians who don the cloak of religious rectitude to cover up their own hypocrisy.

What he learned about the inconsistencies and peculiarities of religion infuriated Black, and in Me of Little Faith they get his full comic attention. In a series of comedic inquiries, Black explores how the rules and constraints of religion have affected his life and the lives of us all.

Hilarious experiences with rabbis, Mormons, gurus, psychics, and even the joy of a perfect round of golf give Black the chance to expound upon what we believe and why - in the language of a shock jock and with the heart of an iconoclast.

©2008 Lewis Black; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Roberta Herald, CA, United States 04-18-09
    Roberta Herald, CA, United States 04-18-09 Member Since 2005
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    "great read"

    Ok, he is not the traditional religious writer, but he usually makes sense. I had the feeling he truely tried to respect the religious opinions of others, but was not drawn into their madness. Who would have thought that this man, this potty mouth man, could so articulate such a complex subject and still make me laugh. Well worth the time and money for this book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy Citronelle, AL, United States 06-09-12
    Jimmy Citronelle, AL, United States 06-09-12
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    "Hearing him is the difference."
    Would you listen to Me of Little Faith again? Why?

    I have read the paperback book twice. I have listened to the audibile three times. Hearing him vocalize the exclamation makes all the difference.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Me of Little Faith?

    From beginning to end.


    Have you listened to any of Lewis Black’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have seen his live show twice. While the audibile gives you the voice of this comical genius I would still have to say seeing him live is better.


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

    Insanity becomes his reality.


    Any additional comments?

    As an Atheist I love to read books that challenge religions. Lewis is not an out right Atheist, yet he does challenge all religions. Great work. Great sound. Great overall content.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Grinnell, IA, United States 06-27-10
    Karen Grinnell, IA, United States 06-27-10 Member Since 2009
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    "It was like being at a Louis Black concert!"

    Louis Black is one of my favorite comedians and this is my first comedy novel. It was just like watching a live show as he narrated the stories. There were laughs and smiles throughout! There is a part where he narrates a radio show that he did a few years ago, that kind of dragged, but it was only one chapter. Louis makes us look realistically at the human condition, and especially the humor in religion. I love his perspective! This is not a book for the organized religious however, only the open minded :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Henderson, NV, USA 01-07-10
    Christian Henderson, NV, USA 01-07-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved it!"

    An unadulterated deliniation of the humor found in religions across the globe. From the radical to the ridiculous, you'll hear about some points you knew and several you probably didn't about the faith of the country and the world. If you can't both take your faith seriously AND take a joke - this probably isn't for you. But if you can, you'll laugh yourself silly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HB 12-22-09
    HB 12-22-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Variable"

    Black's customary energy and anger come through. He has moments in which he displays some of the angry humor that is so effective politically. But, ultimately, he's a man of more than a little faith. Like Mulder on the X-Files, he -wants- to believe, and he's coming up with justifications. Gullible ones. Really, if Lewis Black were reviewing his own book, he'd savage himself, particularly on the astrology and psychic sections.
    On the other hand, there are genuine moments of hilarity and insight in here.
    As a skeptic/non-believer who usually likes Black, I was disappointed - not because I disagreed with him, but because he just couldn't maintain any intellectual consistency. I'd expect more from him. But there were moments of entertainment, and I've had worse 5 hour blocks of my life while driving in the winter.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    James Mount Carmel, TN, USA 05-15-09
    James Mount Carmel, TN, USA 05-15-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Much different than I expected"

    I was a bit disappointed with this piece. The book wasn't exactly bad, but as a fan of Lewis Black's comedy specials involving him getting worked up and ranting about observations of stupidity. This is actually a calm and rational narrative of Black's experiences with religion and the supernatural. It has a couple bits of sarcastic humor, but the most part I would argue that this book should be moved from comedy to the nonfiction section.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Blashy Québec, Canada 05-05-09
    Blashy Québec, Canada 05-05-09 Member Since 2008
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    "The subject is the same for almost 6 hours."

    But that is my only gripe. So if you listen to it in parts, say half one week and wait a month to listen to the other half this is a great book that makes you laugh, as long as you can laugh at fairy tales. By that I mean *religions*

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    L'Aura Salt Lake City, UT, USA 04-28-12
    L'Aura Salt Lake City, UT, USA 04-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    I just didn't enjoy this listen. I've never listened to anything else by Lewis Black so maybe he's just not my kinda guy, but I found most of his points sort of illogical and so not very funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Anchorage, AK, United States 04-28-12
    Richard Anchorage, AK, United States 04-28-12
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    "Lewis Black is as funny and sardonic as always!"
    What did you love best about Me of Little Faith?

    Lewis Black's sharp wit is turned toward an often laughable topic that has dogged humanity since its inception. He takes it off at the knees!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Me of Little Faith?

    His own experiences with Judaism.


    Which character – as performed by Lewis Black – was your favorite?

    Jesus, of course!


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

    I laughed my #%£!! Off!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you're not a fan of Black, you will have a good time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marilu AMES, IA, United States 12-12-11
    Marilu AMES, IA, United States 12-12-11
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    "Needed breaks..."
    What did you love best about Me of Little Faith?

    I really like Lewis Black and his relentless energy.


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

    NO! The screaming can be a little too intense. Small doses is OK, but listening for too long can be exhausting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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