Man Seeks God

Man Seeks God

My Flirtations With the Divine

Book - 2011
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When a health scare puts him in the hospital, Eric Weiner-an agnostic by default-finds himself tangling with an unexpected question, posed to him by a well-meaning nurse. "Have you found your God yet?" The thought of it nags him, and prods him-and ultimately launches him on a far-flung journey to do just that.

Weiner, a longtime "spiritual voyeur" and inveterate traveler, realizes that while he has been privy to a wide range of religious practices, he's never seriously considered these concepts in his own life. Face to face with his own mortality, and spurred on by the question of what spiritual principles to impart to his young daughter, he decides to correct this omission, undertaking a worldwide exploration of religions and hoping to come, if he can, to a personal understanding of the divine.

The journey that results is rich in insight, humor, and heart. Willing to do anything to better understand faith, and to find the god or gods that speak to him, he travels to Nepal, where he meditates with Tibetan lamas and a guy named Wayne. He sojourns to Turkey, where he whirls (not so well, as it turns out) with Sufi dervishes. He heads to China, where he attempts to unblock his chi; to Israel, where he studies Kabbalah, sans Madonna; and to Las Vegas, where he has a close encounter with Raelians (followers of the world's largest UFO-based religion).

At each stop along the way, Weiner tackles our most pressing spiritual questions: Where do we come from? What happens when we die? How should we live our lives? Where do all the missing socks go? With his trademark wit and warmth, he leaves no stone unturned. At a time when more Americans than ever are choosing a new faith, and when spiritual questions loom large in the modern age, MAN SEEKS GOD presents a perspective on religion that is sure to delight, inspire, and entertain.

Publisher: New York : Twelve, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446539470
Branch Call Number: ANF 200.92 WEI
Characteristics: 349 p. ; 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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