Man Seeks God

Man Seeks God

My Flirtations With the Divine

Book - 2011
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After a health scare, an atheist travels the world searching for an experience of the divine, from meditating with Tibetan lamas in Nepal and unblocking his chi in China, to studying the Kabbalah in Israel
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780446539470
0446539473
Branch Call Number: BIO Weiner, E 2011
Characteristics: 349 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: My flirtations with the divine

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Apr 25, 2016

On a visit to the emergency room, Weiner is asked by a nurse “Have you found your God yet?”. He is shocked by the question and it haunts him until he eventually sets out on a quest to find his God – and perhaps a cure for his constant depression and melancholy.

Weiner travels the world to experience and learn about 8 faiths. He avoids mainstream religions, selecting a random sample of monotheistic, polytheistic and atheistic religions - some fringe faiths and some obscure subsets of major religions - Sufi Islam, Buddhism, Franciscan Catholicism, Raëlism, Taoism, Wicca, Shamanism and Kabbalah Judaism.

I found it frustrating that the book has no index. There are frequent references to people and ideas mentioned earlier in the book and the details of which I had already forgotten. There is no way of looking up the original reference.

This is a very entertaining read. There is lots of humour – some subtle, some self-deprecating and some laugh-out-loud funny. As a guide to finding your own faith, it would be inadequate but it does give an overview of a broad variety of religions and contains the occasional valuable insight.

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EricaReynolds
Sep 04, 2012

I greatly enjoyed this book, and I have recommended it to many. If you don't have a religion, it's very hard to understand issues of faith, and I liked how the author was not dismissive of others with strong faith. His journalistic background served him well in writing and experiencing without judging. I started listening to the audio on CD, but I was so engrossed in the book, that I bought it for my Nook. I enjoyed the nuanced, thoughtful discussion and questions, and felt the ending was quite satisfying. More nuance, of course, but honest. Highly recommended as a book to read or an audiobook.

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mclas
Jul 23, 2012

I was excited to read the book - and disappointed. He explored odd offshoots of several of the religions and those are not the same as other parts of that religion. Why not explore more mainstream? Also, he spent a lot of time complaining about his plight. That got a bit tiresome. Otherwise, some interesting insights.

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Paul_Zukowski
Feb 14, 2012

Interesting concept for a book, disappointing ending.

I don't agree with how the author assumes that every part of one religion is the same as one offshoot of that religion.

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