Reviews for Man Seeks God : My Flirtations With the Divine


AudioFile Reviews 2013 August
Eric Weiner is irreverent and self-deprecating as he samples eight religions around the world in an attempt to answer the nurse's question at the hospital--"Have you found your God yet?" Each chapter starts with a personal ad from a "Confusionist white male" looking for God, accompanied by music, before heading off to a different part of the world. His investigations range from Sufi Islam in Turkey and Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal to Wicca. Weiner is always engaging-- although it's not entirely clear how sincere his search for God is. No matter. Weiner is at his most uproarious relating his cross-dressing adventures at the Raƫlism convention in Las Vegas, a U.F.O. based sect formed by a French journalist, and channeling his spirit animal with the shamans. A.B. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

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Library Journal Reviews 2012 March #2

Weiner (The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World) offers listeners a touching and humorous account of his search for a personal God. The journey takes him to Turkey to study Sufism; Nepal for Buddhism; China for Daoism; Israel for the Kabbalah; the Bronx, NY, to work alongside Franciscans operating a homeless shelter; Washington State for instruction in Wicca; and Las Vegas, NV, to attend a Raelian (a UFO-based religion) convention. Along the way, he encounters a cast of characters--from a guru named Wayne to a Franciscan who was originally a player on Wall Street--and a variety of situations, from cross-dressing to trying to dance a dervish. He also tries to come to grips with a lifelong battle with depression. All of this is delivered with warmth and humor, which also are apparent in Weiner's narration. In the end, Weiner settles on no single religion but acknowledges that the effort deepened his spiritual understanding. VERDICT Individuals involved in their own search for God will find this work insightful. ["Weiner's memoir is one of the best and most readable spiritual autobiographies of the last few years, worthwhile for a broad range of readers and spiritual seekers," read the review of the Twelve: Hachette hc, LJ 1/12.--Ed.]--Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Parkersburg Lib.

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