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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (675 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Weiner Narrator: Eric Weiner Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A magical mystery tour that illuminates our inner and outer paths.”

    National Geographic Traveler

  • “Well-researched, informative and engaging, Man Seeks God is packed with facts and wisdom that, regardless of which God you root for, will leave what a Buddhist friend of Weiner's calls 'Post-it Notes on the brain.' ”

    Washington Post

  • “Writing about spirituality is fraught with ironies: Isn't the divine supposed to be beyond words? Eric Weiner's quirky religion-hopping travelogue, Man Seeks God actually embraces these pitfalls, while poking good-natured fun at the genre…a refreshing departure from more weighty spiritual tomes.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Books about God tend to fall into two categories: objective inquiries into the nature of belief and personal tales of spiritual awakening...Weiner's 'Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine' nimbly and often hilariously straddles the fence between the two genres…He's Woody Allen channeling Karen Armstrong. ”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Throughout this marvelously entertaining journey, precious and universal truths emerge amid the churning of Weiner's self-conscious intellect and self-deprecating sense of humor. Weiner manages to suspend disbelief long enough to share tales of divine wonders, a possibility in all of us.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Winsome, self-deprecating humor marks every page.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine | 2/14/2014

    " I loved learning about the different types of religion that are not mainstream in America. He travels all over the world and the United States to engage himself with different religions and people that he might feel more comfortable with. If you love learning about different people and places, and their beliefs, this is a good book. Also, his writing is very easy to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/14/2014

    " An interesting exploration of several religions, including Sufism, Buddhism, Taoism, Kabbalah, etc. Good sense of humour and pretty informative. Easy to read. I recommend it for anyone with an interest in religion and spirituality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alexis | 2/10/2014

    " Awesome book! Really gave me insight to all the religions the world has to offer. Weiner's witty humor definitely adds to the experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mariel | 1/31/2014

    " Really entertaining and humorous throughout. Also love the descriptions of the religious rituals. Good read. "

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