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Letting Go of God

Julia SweeneyAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 2, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Indefatigable Inc.
  • ASIN: B000MM107I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,951 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


"Searing and bracingly funny... "Letting Go of God" is refreshingly unrancorous, lucid and, yes, inspirational. Ms. Sweeney may not believe her audience has spirits to be moved, but that's certainly how it feels." --New York Times

"Julia Sweeney's brave, hilarious, moving new show "Letting Go of God" is a gale-force breath of fresh of fresh air into the mostly politic dialogue about religion in our time." --Los Angeles Times

"An excerpt of this show is the single most popular story we've ever put on our show in over ten years on the air. Somehow, against all common sense, Julia is making something funny that has no business being funny. So buy this CD, if you dare." --Ira Glass, This American Life

Product Description

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.

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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERYONE should hear this--at least once! May 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This CD has become very dear to me and some of my friends. I saw this performed live three times, and laughed all the way through and even wept a few times (and I am a grown man!). Sweeney went through the whole gamut of spirituality, (Catholicism, Buddhism, the belief that "God is love" and finally "God is Nature") before truly weighing fact from blind faith. It was not easy for her (or any of us seeking truth and perhaps even FEARING the truth) which is what this great 2 CD set covers. I know it sounds like a very broad statement, but if everyone on earth could hear this, I think we just may come to live in a more rational world (or perhaps that is just wishful thinking on my part...). I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who is questioning the rationality of blind faith, who is suffering from a religious upbringing, or feels they are ready to live a truly authentic life. A NOTE: Sweeney has no agenda--she only tells her story and the listener can take from it what they may. I always feel very peaceful and inspired after listening to this. It comes with a book of the complete text, a track list and 2 CD's.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! March 20, 2007
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Inspiring, poignant, funny. Julia's intimate journey is not to be missed. Just as the other reviewer stated, I'm constantly mentioning this to friends, bought one for my sister and refer to is time and again. You'll listen to it repeatedly and laugh louder and be struck more deeply each time. Worth every penny (especially on iTunes where it's only $12).
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, charming, hilarious July 24, 2007
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Letting Go Of God covers all the bases: the journey from childhood religious indoctrination to freethinking adulthood, the contradictions in the Bible, the silliness of New Age thinking as a substitute for reason, the prejudice against atheists, and, most of all, shows that you can be a good, kind, loving person without God (indeed, it's hard not to be totally in love with Sweeney by the end). It never sneers, never uses condescension, and never once tells anyone else what to think -- it trust that the members of the audience can find their own way. A tour de force; I recommend it highly and wholeheartedly.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the gems of the Freethinking Movement February 6, 2008
Format:Audio CD
"Letting Go of God" is a heartfelt, moving and entertaining study by Julia Sweeney of her own personal struggle with religion. Julia is know mostly for her work on Saturday Night Live between 1990 and 1994 and her reoccurring androgynous character Pat.
Unlike many of the recent popular (and excellent) books on Atheism such as Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchens' God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, "Letting Go of God" is deeply personal and non confrontational.

Her monologue starts out with a discussion that Julia had with a pair of Mormons that knocked on her door one afternoon. During this discussion the tenants of the Mormon beliefs are outlined and rightfully criticized by Julia in a very humorous way. As you listen to her monologue you can't help but laugh at how silly the religion sounds but it is also a great foreshadowing of how she will come to see her own religion, Catholicism.

Eventually she starts talking about a series of bible study classes she took at her church and how the more she learned about the bible the more disillusioned she became with God in general. In one poignant moment after she has completed her bible classes, she is driving past a group of ladies walking to church, carrying their Bibles and wants to yell out to them "Have you ever Read that Book!"

At this point Julia has given up on the God of the Bible and of the Catholic church and sets out to find "her" God by studying middle eastern religions, new age religions and even reading most of Deepak Chopra's books.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Julia has such gentle poise that you hardly notice that she has just

dismantled every "fact" that you have been taught about God until

it's too late. You are laughing with glee in unwanted recognition of

the forbidden truth. Her wit, economy of words, and searing observations

are entertaining on a level rarely displayed in comedy, TV or Film. If

you fancy yourself a seeker of truth, don't pass up this trip with Julia.

Disillusionment has never been so enjoyable! Take the leap of faith...
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Hilarious Awakening June 8, 2007
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Julia Sweeney has created another brilliant monologue about her complex and always entertaining life. This journey, from faith to logic and self-sufficiency is so funny, yet so interesting and universal that I have listened again and again.

As a former parochial school kid and devout protestant who asked too many unanswerable questions as a teenager, I trod a similar path as Julia but found my way to Tibetan Buddhism as the place that made sense to me. Despite that, I have enormous respect for Julia's rigorous approach to her dwindling faith, reading the Bible, numerous science and physics books, traveling to the Galapagos. That girl really did her homework! Go on her journey too. You will never look at Christianity the same.

I recommend all of Julia Sweeney's monologues. They are all wonderful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Donald Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, clever and thought prevoking.
Julia Sweeney is very funny and charming. While Sweeney is an atheist, this monologue is not intended to destroy religion, it is her personal journey to understanding, which... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gene A Curl
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Wonderful Woman!!
I love, love LOVE this audiobook!!! Funny and heart-warming. I can't tell you how many times I've listened to it!! I enjoyed walk thru Julia's journey to non-belief.
Published 10 months ago by BeneeKent
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended...
Funny and brilliant, I was immediately captivated by Ms Sweeney's personal journey through, and eventually out of religion. Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. Wakim
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Made Her a Star!
I bought this book back in 2005 and have to say it remains one of my all time favorites. I think I read it all in one sitting (3-4 hours if I remember correctly. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Northof100
5.0 out of 5 stars Julia Sweeney is Inspirational
When I was letting go of my religious beliefs, I needed something to connect all the dots together.
Her story could be one that I might tell with some small changes... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kitsune
4.0 out of 5 stars A very funny gal!
This was recommended to me by a guy who has a terrific sense of humor but one that I often don't share. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sharron B
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and heart felt
Julia Sweeney is so much more than "Pat". I loved her "God Said Ha" from years ago. Recently saw this cd offered. Read more
Published 20 months ago by MaryN
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, touching, insightful.
Letting Go of God is Julia Sweeney's memoir of her spiritual journey. Raised Catholic, in her young adulthood she began to learn more about her religion, which lead to questions,... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Emily James
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, heartbreaking, and utterly honest
This is a heartbreaking, beautiful, and hysterical examination of one woman's journey through her faith, her logic, and her life. Read more
Published on August 23, 2012 by Sarah T. Hodge
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