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Publisher's Summary

Can you be an atheist and still believe in God?

Can you be a true believer and still doubt?

Can Zen give us a way past our constant fighting about God?

Brad Warner was initially interested in Buddhism because he wanted to find God, but Buddhism is usually thought of as godless. In the three decades since Warner began studying Zen, he has grappled with paradoxical questions about God and managed to come up with some answers. In this fascinating search for a way beyond the usual arguments between fundamentalists and skeptics, Warner offers a profoundly engaging and idiosyncratic take on the ineffable power of the "ground of all being."

©2013 Brad Warner (P)2013 Brad Warner

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Uncontroversially Thorough

The subject matter of Brad Warner's book "There Is No God and He Is Always with You" could be extremely controversial. But Warner has thought through much of the opinions expressed and has explained his points in a way that, even if the reader doesn't agree, they should be able to recognize his position as well dictated and holding equal merit to their own.

I don't know if I agree with all of Warner's arguments, but his perspective is fun, entertaining and addictive enough to keep me listening.

There is something to be greatly respected by the fact that Warner records and narrates his own books. Even with the production flaws that life brings, I find this choice to provide a powerful connection to the man behind the words that just reading or a different narrator would lack.

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Great Book, loved it!

Certainly not what I expected, definitely his best book so far. I am going to listen to it again right now!

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On My Top 5 Zen Books!

I loved this book! I've done zen for 20 years, but had some very meaningful experiences in Christianity. This book really helped me make sense of that!

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Great<br />reading by the author.

Great perspectives and stories. It's like sitting down and listening to a good friend. Enjoyed while on my daily walk.

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God and Brad Warner...What's not to like.

I much prefer listening to Brad Warner read his books than read them myself. He's just so good at it. Actually I like to follow alone with the book in case i want to stop and re-read a particular section. This book, like his others on Dogan, Zen, Zazen and God, as well as on life
In general can be dense and complicated, as these subjects are. But his humor and down to earth approach and interpretation of complex philosophies and teachings make these teachings come alive for me. Do not be deceived by what some might describe as Brad's goofiness. This is a pretty smart guy, who as far as I'm concerned, gets "it". So treat yourself to this, or one other of Brad's audio books, because he's fun and certainly gives you food for thought.
You might even learn something.

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  • RZ
  • 09-12-16

great insight

great insight. good use of references throughout the book. seems genuine.

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Could not get enough!

It's an impossible task to say whether or not Brad Warner will satisfy any one group with this book, but I will say that this is the fastest that I have ever finished an audiobook. I find it hard at times to listen to his 2 books about Dogen's Shobogenzo (Don't Be a Jerk & It Came from Beyond Zen!) because there is a lot of stops to clarify meanings of words, ideas, and context. Not to mention the constant sighting of the different versions of Shobogenzo there is.

This book felt a lot more like listening to his YouTube videos/ talks; it was pure Brad Warner. The only complaint I can think of is that the audio quality isn't great. Warner apologizes for this at the beginning of the book, and states that he is recording it in his kitchen. He may not have the money to rent a fancy studio, but there are very nice microphones out there that he can buy for not too much.

That said, I actually think it works for this book. It sounds like he's talking to you on the phone, especially if you're using earbuds. It adds to the personal nature of the book.

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Thought provoking

I loved it. Brad speaks my language. I highly recommend this book to everyone who wonders about "God "

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I liked his approach to his belief. Looking forward to reading more about zen and Budda

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The jury is kinda out on this one....

I have to think about this one. A good read, possibly very good (when it sinks in). Brad Warner is a likable guy with a refreshing view on Buddhism vs god.

3,5 stars for content + 0,5 for author coolness when "speaking up".

I recomend this one. Alongside the likes of Timber Hawkeye, Brad Warner represent an important new breed of authors putting buddhism into a down to earth context. (from e western perspective). They make buddhism graspable (if that makes ant sense?)

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  • Justine Appleby
  • 09-22-19

Really interesting

I thought Brad was a great narrator (it doesn't always work to voice your material). Really relaxed and natural and very funny. Look forward to listening to more of his audio books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-17

Excellent

A really interesting and thorough examination of Zen and God, with plenty of good humour thrown in. Thanks Brad.

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  • tmfyorks
  • 11-02-16

more than I expected

A good take on 'god' from Brad, more than I expected, I enjoyed this and will enjoy listening again to it

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  • James M
  • 03-27-22

Thought provoking but sometimes confusing

I found the book a mixture of interesting, disturbing, and confounding. Brad has presented a case for god and it's really hard to unravel all the ideas presented using an audio book. I will have to get the print or Kindle edition so I can get into it in more depth. all in all it was a good read.