Publisher s SummaryJulia Sweeney says she was a happy Catholic girl when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible study course What an eye opener that was she says Next thing you know, I was on a quest for something I could really believe in I traveled to places like Bhutan, Ecuador, and my local Starbucks looking for answers Would I embrace Buddhism New Age pseudo science Was I a freak for feeling the way I did, or were there other people out there just like me I was grappling with serious questions But, somehow, a lot of the things that were happening to me seemed, well, funny Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney s brilliant one woman show about her struggle with her faith Grappling with the seeming contradictions in Adam and Eve, Noah, the Ten Commandments, and even the teachings of Jesus and trying to understand the Bible s messages about morality, family values, and human suffering while faced with door knocking Mormons and wise cracking priests Sweeney takes listeners on her very personal journey from God to not GodThis performance was recorded on November at the Ars Nova Theatre in New York CityJulia Sweeney was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from, and is best known for the mysteriously androgynous character, It s Pat She has also served as a consulting producer on Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives Letting Go of God is her third monologue She performed her first, God Said, Ha , in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and on Broadway, as well as in a film produced by Quentin Tarantino The CD version was nominated for a GrammyThere s lots Julia Sweeney available at Audible Just click here to download In the Family Way, her appearances on This American Life, her Un Cabaret performances, and other great programsJulia Sweeney PJulia Sweeney


10 thoughts on “Letting Go of God

  1. Jack Jack says:

    It should be common knowledge that nobody becomes a great comic without a very incisive intellect They use it to pierce the veil of the obvious to get at hidden truths, or sometimes to stop looking at non existent depths to see what s right there on the surface.Julia Sweeney is a great comic, and this is her very funny, very poignant story of how her belief in god gave way to her persistent need to exercise her intellect, curiosity and intuition.What makes this book unique among atheist polemic It should be common knowledge that nobody becomes a great comic without a very incisive intellect They use it to pierce the veil of the obvious to get at hidden truths, or sometimes to stop looking at non existent depths to see what s right there on the surface.Julia Sweeney is a great comic, and this is her very funny, very poignant story of how her belief in god gave way to her persistent need to exercise her intellect, curiosity and intuition.What makes this book unique among atheist polemics is that there s no taking on the world of faith in the manner of a Hitchens, Harris, or Dawkins, or even an Ingersoll It s not the story of someone particularly ill used by religion, like some survivor of evangelical cults or Quiverfull movements Nor is it the story of someone of faith who encounters harrowing secrets and becomes enraged or disillusioned, as in William Lobdell s Losing my Religion And it is definitely not an argument from the ranks of professional rationalism, like Victor Stenger or Daniel Dennett.Instead its the story of a very sweet person who happens to be a bit of a natural if amateur critical thinker, who looks and looks and looks for some firm intellectual hook on which to hang her religious faith, only to find there isn t one The path to her atheism is meandering, but compelling, mostly because she runs her skeptical eye as much over herself as over religions and other believers She roots out the dubious in her own beliefs every bit as much as she finds it in the beliefs of others


  2. Terence M Terence M says:

    Audiobook 02 06 Hours Narrator Julia SweeneyEqually comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney s brilliant one woman show about her struggle with her faith her very personal journey from God to not God 1st December 2019 I have just re listened to this short, excellent and entertaining live performance by Julia Sweeney Letting Go of God seems to improve, for me, every time I hear it.This is myor less original review I have listened to this audiobook at least tw Audiobook 02 06 Hours Narrator Julia SweeneyEqually comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney s brilliant one woman show about her struggle with her faith her very personal journey from God to not God 1st December 2019 I have just re listened to this short, excellent and entertaining live performance by Julia Sweeney Letting Go of God seems to improve, for me, every time I hear it.This is myor less original review I have listened to this audiobook at least twice, probably three times, the last time on 29th July 2008 Her touching and at times amusing tale in many ways mirrors my own journey of de conversion from Roman Catholicism including early seminary training for the priesthood and doubtless many others listeners will nod and think yep, that was me, too I highly recommend this live recording by Julia Sweeney for any person interested in the why s of religion, including wobbling believers and confirmed non believers


  3. Beth Beth says:

    Fascinating I really thought this was going to be a one woman stand up act It wasn t and it was It was a serious and light hearted discussion on how Sweeney came to terms with how she was raised and her current views on God Not being raised in the church or organized religion the subject has been difficult for me to come to terms with After listening to this I realize I ve already come to terms My parents raised me to respect nature, to be kind, and always remember the golden rule I ll be Fascinating I really thought this was going to be a one woman stand up act It wasn t and it was It was a serious and light hearted discussion on how Sweeney came to terms with how she was raised and her current views on God Not being raised in the church or organized religion the subject has been difficult for me to come to terms with After listening to this I realize I ve already come to terms My parents raised me to respect nature, to be kind, and always remember the golden rule I ll be listening to this book again, I do like her style


  4. Lesley Lesley says:

    Julia Sweeney gave me the best two hours of audiobook listening that I have ever experienced this is her story of growing up Catholic and then needing to discover her own belief in god and universe If any of my family wants to hear this hilarious true story of one woman s journey from Catholic to Atheist let me know I would love to share this


  5. Jeff Jeff says:

    I thought this was fantastic Julia Sweeney s journey from religion to non belief mirrored mine in many ways She was brought up in a strict Catholic family and gradually began questioning the supernatural content of Bible and the mysterious ways of god as she becameeducated I could relate to everything she talked about I only knew her as a former SNL cast member before she showed up as the host at the Rochester, MN stop of Richard Dawkins tour in 2015 I admit that I don t remember m I thought this was fantastic Julia Sweeney s journey from religion to non belief mirrored mine in many ways She was brought up in a strict Catholic family and gradually began questioning the supernatural content of Bible and the mysterious ways of god as she becameeducated I could relate to everything she talked about I only knew her as a former SNL cast member before she showed up as the host at the Rochester, MN stop of Richard Dawkins tour in 2015 I admit that I don t remember much what she said that night, I was there to hear Dawkins and frankly didn t want to hear from anyone else At the time I didn t know that she was active in the secular arena and was a board member of the Secular Coalition for America The book is narrated by Julia in a live setting, and is full of funny anecdotes and witty comments I found myself laughing often She knows how to tell a story and use her voice to bring it to life I will listen to it again


  6. Lamski Kikita Lamski Kikita says:

    Funny and interesting My husband and I listened to this on a road trip and it was very entertaining I guess sometimes you set out there to start a journey to find God, and you just, well, don t.


  7. Eric Eric says:

    i had heard sweeney s other performance, god said ha , about her experience with cancer her brother s and her own , and was completely blown away by that piece when i had heard that sweeney had another piece about her struggles with faith and her ultimate decision to give up on the idea of a personal god, i knew she would approach the subject with the grace, honesty, humor, and intelligence that she brought to the previous performance.i was always aware of julia sweeney as an actress, from snl i had heard sweeney s other performance, god said ha , about her experience with cancer her brother s and her own , and was completely blown away by that piece when i had heard that sweeney had another piece about her struggles with faith and her ultimate decision to give up on the idea of a personal god, i knew she would approach the subject with the grace, honesty, humor, and intelligence that she brought to the previous performance.i was always aware of julia sweeney as an actress, from snl to pulp fiction and whatnot, but never really knew much about her work as a performance monologist whatever you call it i have read a lot of books essays pieces on letting go of faith, and i have had problems with nearly all of them either they were incredibly snarky and condescending, or they were too cold and sterile not touching upon the very real emotions that go along with a journey such as sweeney s i was afraid that sweeney s account would be too much about the emotions and not so much about the science or the theology turns out that, even though this is not a proper book, it is one of the better, andcomplete pieces that address the subject sweeney knows a LOT about the bible, about dogma, and history she uses very concrete examples, knows her scripture, etc she also knows a lot about science although she admits this was her weak spot for many years due to her preconceptions about folks who were interested in science but most of all, sweeney knows a lot about the intersection of emotion and science about the wonderful things that religion can offer, and that it does offer, and how to deal with the absence of those things in a secular world i am not a softee but i found myself almost moved to tears by sweeney s performance several times she is brutally honest, and incredibly candid, exposing her inner most thoughts and neuroses, and the ridiculous fervor for which she sought the truth of the nature of the universe and life it is an incredibly uplifting piece of work, one that i believe could be appreciated by believers and secular folks alike believers will certainly appreciate the thirst for knowledge and her anecdotes of growing up as a self described nunophile in a catholic family as well as her humorous takes on scripture, curchgoing, and prayer she is not condescending, and she understands the need for religion nobody could deny, after hearing this, that she has come to a conclusion that works for her, and you have to admire the thorough nature of her journey


  8. Matthew Wilson Matthew Wilson says:

    When I was a freshman in college and a professor said he was an atheist, I was shocked He might just as well have proclaimed himself a pederast I d somehow come to believe atheist were evil, amoral freaks This book puts a human and funny face on non belief Julia Sweeney makes non belief sound so normal and reasonable If you ever thought it was strange, scary, or hopeless to not believe in God, try this book for a different perspective.


  9. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    I listened to this as an audio book essentially a taped stage production of her one woman show and it was brilliant I kept saying Yes Exactly I had a lot in common with her background Catholic, also tried to become an altar boy , searching for other religions that maybe would work better, and then finally accepting that there is no god And that s okay Better, in fact, than the alternative Even if you re religious, you ll appreciate and relate to Julia s crisis of faith who hasn t read I listened to this as an audio book essentially a taped stage production of her one woman show and it was brilliant I kept saying Yes Exactly I had a lot in common with her background Catholic, also tried to become an altar boy , searching for other religions that maybe would work better, and then finally accepting that there is no god And that s okay Better, in fact, than the alternative Even if you re religious, you ll appreciate and relate to Julia s crisis of faith who hasn t read the Bible and at some point said wtf She s honest, even earnest a great storyteller and of course, hilarious And quite smart I ll definitely be reading or listening to this again


  10. Barbara Kluver Barbara Kluver says:

    Loved this book Julia Sweeney is one of the funniest people on earth, and going with her down the path to non spirituality is a hoot I would say it wouldn t be agreeable to staunch Catholics, but I think most people would find something in this to enjoy.