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Editorial 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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Theodore
  • Murrysville, PA, USA
  • 12-07-07

Letting go while laughing

Julia has a great conversation voice and is easy to understand. The subject of "letting go of God" is of much importance in our current world plight. She doesn't push her atheist ideas in your face- if you're just starting on your path in looking for others opinions on religion and God or gods this is one of the best ways to start- with a good laugh at something too many hold too dear.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • Tempe, AZ, USA
  • 10-01-07

Everyone Should Listen to This!

Listen to it and then tell all your friends and family to listen to it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Hugo
  • TienenBelgium
  • 09-04-07


Julia brings a smile to my face and makes me think at the same time!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Julia is Great

Julia is just plain great. She is a bright, articulate comic who finds humor in life. I learned from her experiences and enjoyed her take on religions.

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  • Paula
  • magnolia, TX, USA
  • 07-29-07

Very enjoyable

this is one person's account of her journey from belief to non-belief. it is very non threatening and entertaining. A great listen.

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Very clever and thought-provoking

Ms Sweeney is a masterful, thought-provoking, clever storyteller. And her monologue is very entertaining.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Accurate and funny

Bought it for my ipod. Bought a CD to share with "brought-up-Catholic" friends. It was great to hear my thoughts from years ago (I left religion in 1964) reflected in a much more loving and humorous way that I could have expressed them. People who are "searching" should be given this as a gift.

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  • Kim
  • Plano, TX, USA
  • 06-05-07

Download This!

I knew who Pat was but never watched SNL, so I was first introduced to Julia Sweenie when I rented "And God Said Ha!" because it was produced by Tarrantino. Although not a typical Tarrantino production, I loved it just the same so downloading this was an easy decision.

Julia Sweenie is a fantastic storyteller, and has true talent for expressing the humor inherent in life.

Highly recommended.

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  • Bartosz
  • Farmingham, MA, USA
  • 05-12-07

Pleasure and fun!

What a great book! I recommended for believers and unbelievers and those in between.

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  • Candice
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • 03-11-07

A fun narration of a trip toward atheism

This is a one-woman monologue of a trip toward atheism. It's marvelously funny and worth downloading even if you're not interested in the subject matter per se. I myself believe in God and wasn't swayed in the least by her story/argument, so don't be afraid to listen to this if you're a believer. It will give you insight into how the other side thinks. If you're a secular humanist or skeptic, you'll love it!

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