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Starred Review. Religion reporter Falsani dishes up a whimsical and absorbing collection of interviews with assorted literati and glitterati, dissecting issues of faith, ethics and personal spirituality. Since several of these profiles originated as columns in the Chicago Sun-Times, it is perhaps not surprising that many of the interviewees have a Chicago connection, like radio shock jock Mancow, Smashing Pumpkins lead Billy Corgan and Dusty Baker, the manager of the Cubs. But the questions undertaken are truly universal. Some of the stars evince a fairly traditional stance on faith, including observant Muslim basketball star Hakeem Olajuwon, who prays in Arabic daily and runs all of his businesses according to the anti-interest tenets of Islamic law; novelist Anne Rice, who has recently returned to the Catholic faith and written a novel about Jesus' childhood; or Bush speechwriter and policy wonk Michael Gerson, a committed Protestant who like Falsani is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois. Others, like musicians Annie Lennox and Melissa Etheridge, fall into the spiritual-but-not-religious crowd, borrowing creatively from both Eastern and Western religions to craft a personal spiritual practice that works for them. Still others—primarily writers like Studs Terkel, Tom Robbins and Jonathan Safran Foer—place themselves in the agnostic camp. Falsani handles the profiles with sensitivity, painting the book's diverse spiritual seekers with compassion and grace. (Mar. 14)
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"The God Factor" is a collection of short journalistic interviews with thirty-one influential people in American culture about their personal faiths and spiritual lives. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Y.D.W.
While discussions of faith may cause some to run in the other direction, I'm one who always enjoys learning about the beliefs of other people. Read morePublished 22 months ago by MW
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I was interested about Cathleen Falsani since she wrote a book about the Dude. As I discover she was a catholic writer I became interested in her interview book. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Vitordelm
Gee, maybe I need my PhD after all. Wordy, confusing and puzzling read. Good for mental workout bt nohing that stays with you.Published on February 24, 2013 by raphaela capehart
Good food for the mind & the soul. Ms. Falsani is skilled & has her heart, common sense & funny bone at work.Published on October 1, 2011 by Geomaty
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I enjoyed this so much I bought a second copy for a friend. Inspiring, entertaining and honest.Published on November 26, 2006 by P. Toner