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Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine

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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, r
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Published December 5th 2011 by Twelve (first published 2011)
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I'm pretty conflicted about this book... On one hand, I think that Weiner's authorial voice is both compelling and humourous, as I discovered reading The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World; on the other, I found much of his approach to the material (as well as many of his underlying assumptions) to be simplistic at best and factually incorrect at worst. In his attempts to find "God" through his travels, he somehow manages to uncritically parrot many of wr ...more
As a person who has unabashedly turned away from the “given” religion of my childhood, I am interminably curious about those who not only presume to dedicate their lives to one pervasive thought process, but more specifically those who presume that theirs is the one true answer to the BIG questions and that the rituals of others should be considered silly, if not insane. Why is it completely reasonable to always pray in one direction, while eating a baked good covered in wine as your savior is m ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Eric Weiner always makes me want to do things after reading his books. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World kickstarted my Iceland obsession, and this book made me want to read more about religion in a broader sense. It may finally be time to wade through Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth.

In Man Seeks God, Weiner explores eight religions through attempts to experience them, not just interviewing people but putting himself through retreats, services
What Eric Weiner thought was a near-death experience spawns an existential crisis that compels him to find God, often in exotic parts of the world. Before reading the book, I heard the author interviewed on a podcast and was instantly attracted to his neurotic, yet endearing and sincere, voice. He seemed to promise a more honest commentary on his encounter with a diverse range of religious practice and doctrine, as opposed to the popular and patronizing "we all ultimately believe the same beauti ...more
This should have been an interesting book. I read the author's first book: "The Geography of Bliss" which was delightful and informative. In it, he recounts his research into the countries which are deemed by social scientists to be the happiest places on earth. It was a fascinating look at which cultures promote happiness and it was funny, witty, intelligent and memorable. This book doesn't even come a close second.

I am always interested in spiritual quests and understanding the different (esp
Weiner starts out on his quest for the divine after a nurse asks him during a hospital stint "Have you found your god yet?" He then flirts with eight different religions: some mainstream (Catholicism) and others not (Witchcraft and Raelism) in an attempt to fill what Pascal calls his "god-shaped hole" in the human soul.

I didn't think this one was quite as good as Weiner's Geography of Bliss, but I really liked the writing and the honesty and doubt he writes about in each of his explorations wit
Eric Weiner is on another quest. In his first book he looked for the world's happiest places, now he tackles a more controversial subject of religion. Weiner, the self proclaimed gastronomical Jew of no particular religious leaning goes shopping for religion, which takes him across the globe in order to better get to know different belief systems, eight in this case, from traditional to relatively new and vastly unorthodox. The armchair traveler and the autodidact in me love Weiner's books. Ther ...more
Jeannie Mancini
Once again, NPR journalist Eric Weiner, flits around the globe attempting to find the answer to an unanswerable question. In his previous bestseller book The Geography of Bliss, Eric traveled the globe to find where in the world people were the happiest. Here, In Man Seeks God, Eric put himself up against the big one, Religion.

While laying in a hospital bed from a minor malady, Eric was approached by a mysterious nurse who whispered in his ear, "Have you found your God yet"? Immediately alarmed,
I was disappointed in this book. Eric Weiner's search for God starts as he is waiting to see a doctor while doubled over with stomach pains. A nurse noticing his pain and fear says to him "What's wrong haven't you found your God?" His pain turns out to be bad gas, but causes him to realize he feels that something is lacking in his life.

So he picks out several religions and gives each a week or so trial. He includes Buddism, Taoism, Catholicism, Judism (especially the Kahabbala-spelled wrong of
Celeste Foley
Having journeyed with Eric Weiner as he pursued the Geography of Bliss, I knew my travel companion for Man Seeks God was a slightly surlier and more cynical fellow quester though Mr. Weiner never embraced his religion of origin while I did inhale only to exhale in my late teens. Mr. Weiner and I both recognize the weakness of our "spiritual but not religious" stance's being a bit too convenient and the fallacy of that liberal lie that all religions are equally true and good. Eric Weiner's first ...more
The subtitle of this book, My Flirtations With the Divine, is very apt, for Weiner doesn't immerse himself into any of the eight faiths he writes about here so much as he tentatively dips a toe into them. This might disappoint some readers, but it works for me because it means less god-watching and more people-watching. The people-watching here is generally top-notch, as Weiner, ever the reporter, explores what makes the various spiritual seekers and religious devotees he meets tick. The most sh ...more
Nancy Andres,
In Man Seeks God: My Flirtation with the Divine, author Eric Weiner explains, "Since no off-the-shelf spiritual category seems to fit me, I find I must invent one: Confusionist." The memoir, which is slightly reminiscent of Eat, Pray, Love, but with many more humorous twists, devotes individual chapters to the author's adventures in learning about religious practices like Sufism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Taoism, Wicca, Shamanism, and Kabbalah. As a journalist for NPR Weiner traveled the world, but ...more
Nov 17, 2013 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone curious about religion
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
This is a very good book about a man who tries out 8 different religions: Sufism (a form of Islam), Buddhism, Franciscan (and order of Catholicism), Raëlism (a UFO-based religion), Taoism, Wicca (a form of paganism), Shamanism, and Kabbalah (a form of Judaism). He does this by traveling to other countries and states and attending seminars, conferences and gatherings. He also interviews leaders in each religion. He learns a lot, and so does the reader. I really liked this book and I learned a lot ...more
Just to put this review in context, I didn't like Eat, Pray, Love either. But I did manage to finish that one. Weiner has a faith crisis when he ends up in the hospital and a nurse asks him, "Have you found your God yet?" Um. No. So off he goes, no doubt with a healthy advance, to seek God through investigating 8 different religions. He looks in India, California, Kathmandu, NYC, etc, and talks to a wide variety of people of different faiths; he finds that all of them have some appeal, and all o ...more
Svetlozara Kabaktchieva
Ама много ми хареса, много! Още преди да съм дочела "География на блаженството" (което се надявам да направя скоро, когато книгата се завърне при мен), прочетох втората издадена на български книга на Ерик Уайнър "Човек търси Бог" - препоръчвам я на всички, които няма да се възмутят от това, че един човек не знае точно какъв е и пътува от едно свято място до друго, за да "пробва" религиите и да открие тази, която му е по мярка или по вкус. Препоръчвам я и на всички, които ще се засмеят от сърце н ...more
Franchesca Boyer
Hachette Book Group, 2011, 349 pp., $26.99
ISBN 978-0-53947-0
Man Seeks God
Eric Weiner

“Have you found your God yet?” This is the question that started the wonderfully written non-fiction book, Man Seeks God. The author Eric Weiner had to go to the hospital from severe pain in the abdomen then a nurse came to him and asked those six words that caused Eric Weiner to think and rethink all he had known about religion and his God in this in real time book.

Eric Weiner is someone most of us can relate
Eric Weiner was confused spiritually and God, he's so confused he decided to learn about few major religions in order to get to know God in perpective of those religions. This is his journey. It's honest, witty, and funny. What I don't get is he seemed to be touching only the surface and not personal or deep enough as this was supposed to be his personal journey looking out for the divine, God or lord of the universe as he said it.
I picked up this book after reading Weiner's first one, "The Geography of Bliss." I actually found "Man Seeks God" to be better than his other book, maybe because I identified with it more--or perhaps I just found the subject matter more interesting overall.

In this book, Weiner travels the world like he did in "Bliss," only this time it's God he's searching for, not happiness. He takes a look at eight different religions, finding the parts that resonate within him and the pieces that don't, get
Crystal Falconer
I don't usually do non-fiction but this made me laugh out loud and it was a great book to make you think :)

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Dec 12, 2011 Juliana marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The New York Times - December 10, 2011
"Opinion: Americans: Undecided About God?"
It is always interesting to follow along on someone’s spiritual journey in life, although this path is too thin and lacks depth and intuition.
Marianne McKiernan
Entertaining, informative and thought-provoking.
Alexandra Chauran
I love self-deprecating spiritual memoirs, and this was the genre at its finest. I appreciated the funny, uncensored metacognition of a spiritual seeker shopping for God. Every moment of this book was well-written and left me hungry for more. I'm going to go ahead and get butthurt here, though. At the beginning of the book, he went seeking with a Sufi group in California and acknowledged that the phoney, New Age American version wouldn't cut it. He traveled all over the globe to source spiritual ...more
Author Eric Weiner lands in the Emergency Room with severe stomach pain. While waiting for his diagnosis, a nurse cryptically asks, “Have you found your God yet?” Thinking the worst, then getting a reprieve, he decides that this is a message he needs to heed. So begins his journey to find his god and work through his persistent depression. Weiner’s writing is breezy and humorous, while he treats the traditions that he explores and the gurus he meets with respect and, at times,reverence. He gives ...more
Joanne in Canada
May 14, 2012 Joanne in Canada rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Joanne by: NPR
Shelves: audio
I feel like Eric Weiner and I are old friends, after spending many hours listening to his quest to "find his God". He confided in me about his dislike of group activities (both the "group" part and the "active" part), his caffeine addiction, his predilection to slip into sarcasm when he is nervous, and his denial of being a "real" Jew, but rather a "gastronomic" Jew. He also demonstrated a tenacity for following an idea through (that is, around the world), a joy at plunging into relationships wi ...more
In this book, Eric sets off around the world to find his monotheistic God. He looks for (H)im in most of the major places where (H)e would be suspected to be hanging out: in Buddhism and Taoism (sort of), Catholicism, Islam, Judaism....but he also searches in some unorthodox areas as well. (Wicca and Raelism.)

Eric's search is deeply personal. He reveals himself to be confused, wanting something genuine, unable to commit to anything longterm, and very attached to the pleasures of food and wine.

Man Seeks God is a book about individual religious exploration. The seeking done in this book is spurred on by a nurse’s question to the: have you found your God yet? When the author realizes he does not have a God to call his own, he decides to find out if it’s still possible for someone like him to find one.

Weiner starts by printing off a list of world religions posted online. The list contains hundreds of titles, and consumes many pages. After eliminating the overly popular as well as the ex
Eric Weiner combines self-effacing humor with a rather serious quest for spiritual depth and insight in this book, which follows a series of first-hand investigations. It all begins with a seemingly impertinent question by a hospital nurse--"Have you found your God yet?"

In eight chapters, Weiner surveys intriguing manifestations of Sufi Islam, Buddhism, Franciscan Catholicism, an absurd cult called Raelism, Taoism, Wicca, Shamanism, and Kabbalah Judaism (ending his journey close to home base, si
Cheryl Gatling
Man Seeks God is at least as much about the man as it is about the seeking. And it is more about both of those than it is about God. Eric Weiner is a writer in the type of A.J. Jacobs or Joel Stein. He is bookishly intelligent, funny in a class-clown sort of way, nominally-Jewish, curious about the wide world, but mostly about himself. Which is fine by me, because I can listen all day to a man who is smart, funny, and curious. The thing about Weiner’s search for God is that it is sincere, but it ...more
It has taken me awhile to read this book...much longer than I would usually devote. But looking back, I think I needed more time. Weiner introduces the reader to so many philosophies that it is almost too much to digest. Yet the reader longs to. The myriad of religions that Weiner explores is formidable. He endeavors to experience Sufism, Buddhism, Franciscans, Raelism, Taoism, Wicca, Shamanism, and Kabbalah not by merely reading about them, or talking to someone, but by traveling great distance ...more
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