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
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.
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 :)
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.
I have read the paperback book twice. I have listened to the audibile three times. Hearing him vocalize the exclamation makes all the difference.
From beginning to end.
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.
Insanity becomes his reality.
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.
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.
Membre since March 2008.
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*
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.
Blacks narration of this book is phenomenal. A solid biography. He takes you from childhood to adulthood of what inspired his incredible cynicism if religion.
I was grew up under the psychotic, twisted, condescending cult that is evangelical Christianity and grew to passionately loath it with every fiber of my being, that AND I live in a HIGHLY conservative area of TX. This book gives me a reason to laugh about something that infuriates me, as it seems to be shoved in my face every day.
LB gives an excellent rendering of his book. His views on religion resonate with me and his sharp wit make the subject matter hilarious is parts. We learn about LB and how he views religion.
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