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Me of Little Faith

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  2,866 Ratings  ·  381 Reviews
The New York Times bestseller from "the only person I know who can actually yell in print form" (Jon Stewart).

Lewis Black, the bitingly funny comedian, social critic, and bestselling author comes up with some answers to questions about faith. Or at least his answers. In more than two dozen essays that investigate everything from the differences between how Christians and
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Riverhead Trade (first published June 1st 2008)
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Bill  Kerwin

Very funny in its ridicule of organized religion, yet surprisingly serious--and still funny--in its detailing of transcendent, ineffable experiences that have helped the author temper his scepticism with a recognition of spiritual realities. I have always found Black to be screamingly funny, but this book has made me like and respect him as a thinker and a human being.
Jul 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of Lewis Black: I think he's very funny but also very smart, even (especially) when taking on some of stickiest issues. That is why I was so disappointed with this book.

I think it may simply be that Black's humor doesn't translate well into the written form. It felt like he was stuck in between two goals: an honest but amusing discussion of religion and an effort to translate his loud-yelling style of humor onto paper. But his voice never came through, and the book ended up with b
Sep 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
Lewis Black is one of my favorite comedians. He would have to completely suck before I’d pan his material. That being said, I’m not inclined to call this a masterwork of comedy. I was much more taken in by Bill Maher’s recent film Religulous, for instance. And digging back further, everyone should hear Bill Cosby’s classic treatment of Noah and the Ark.

At times, I feel Mr. Black wanders, and not in a humorous way. Too often his thesis boils down to an anticlimactic confession of bafflement rega
Oct 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time i laughed was when he said "Im a Jew. Im not stupid." and inside my head i just laughed, haha stupid jew...

I don't know why exactly but i love reading about all of the insane and retarded stories and laws in religion that make absolutley no sense whatsoever. This is mostly what he does in this book, pure entertainment.

The chapter, In the land of seagulls was great, Lewis Black sums up how the mormon religion was founded, which is very true because I actually read it in the book of mor
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lewis Black is one of my favorite stand-up comedians. His commentary on everything from politics to religion to our fascination with pseudo-celebrities always makes me laugh out loud, so I thought I would really enjoy this book. I was expecting a well-reasoned, but humorous, book-length essay on what is wrong with (organized) religion today, and how we could go about fixing it; what I got, instead, was a series of short, chapter-length rants about the usual topics associated with religion: telev ...more
Up until the very end of the book, I was ready to give it three-four stars ... And then I got to the truly, truly awful script from the show he put on with Mark Linn-Baker, of "Perfect Strangers" fame. Oh, good God. Any salient points Black had made previously as to the odd relationship between religion, faith, and comedy we out the window. Seriously, if you read this book, STOP at the "Laundry Hour" chapter.

Before that disaster of a script, things were a bit uneven in Black's written tirade, bu
Jan 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Lewis Black, so you can hear his voice/delivery in your head as you read
It took awhile to pick up pace/catch my attention. There isn't much groundbreaking material--a bit of it I've heard in his standup routines already. Part of that is probably my own fault for waiting until the book was on sale for $5 to read it. The essays just seem like common sense to me, but it's worth reading for the occasional line that is distinctly Lewis Black enough that you can imagine him shouting it at you.

As an Atheist, I don't think the book was offensive enough.

It ended with a play
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Not the greatest, and not all that funny, but he is terribly candid, and he makes some observations about religion that ought to make believers think hard about why they believe. Of course, most seriously religious people won't bother to read a book like this, more's the pity.

Here are some great truths from the book:

"Religion is based on dissatisfaction with the real world."

"It always seemed strange to me that people gave up drugs for religion just to get high on their new-found beliefs."

Jul 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Unitarians
Recommended to Alan by: As Seen on TV
This book by the acerbic and hilarious Lewis Black, standup comedian and regular on The Daily Show, turns out to be oddly serious in tone. It's more autobiography than comedy, though there are some wickedly funny bits, and is self-described as a spiritual work, outlining what Black believes (including some real surprises) as well as what he doesn't believe (which is a vastly larger territory), in terms that are both sophisticated and accessible.

As long as you're willing to give him a break, that
Scott Firestone
Apr 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I like Lewis Black. A lot. I don't always agree with him, but his acerbic wit and anger at stupidity in the world resonates with me. It's how I'm often feeling inside--even if I'm not showing it on the outside. So I was looking forward to his thoughtful examination of faith and religion. Unfortunately, this is just a mess.

First off, I didn't give this one star because he blasts religion. Or because he's irreverent throughout the book. Or because he doesn't come to a conclusion I was wishing on
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Lewis Niles Black is an American stand-up comedian, author, playwright and actor. He is known for his comedy style which often includes simulating a mental breakdown or an increasingly angry rant, ridiculing history, politics, religion, trends and cultural phenomena. He hosted Comedy Central's The Root of All Evil and makes regular appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart delivering his "Bac ...more
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