Letting Go of God
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"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
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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.Read more ›
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...
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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I enjoyed the perspective! Very entertaining and very funny!Published 7 months ago by household jockey
She will make you laugh, cry and mostly think. What a great set of life stories! Julia Sweeney is a genuine pleasure to listen to and while you're at it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
I love it. I have given it as gifts to people, once you listen to Julia you will never view the world the same again. Great book.Published 15 months ago by LITS
A classic! What an opportunity to understand one person's journey to self-awareness and having the ability to laugh through it.Published 17 months ago by Theodore Dent