Don's Reviews > Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine

Man Seeks God by Eric    Weiner
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Dec 09, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: culture, humor, philosophy-religion, non-fiction, travel
Read from May 17 to June 23, 2013

Weiner, whose "Geography of Bliss" I thoroughly enjoyed, brings the same humorous, witty, and self-deprecating writing style to the subject of spiritual exploration. After a brush with (mistaken) mortality, Weiner, an admitted secular Jew, takes off to explore and experience how various religions approach the divine. The result, is an 8 chapter book in which he explores 8 religions: Sufism (a branch of Islam), Raelianism (a UFO based religion), Taoism, Buddhism, Franciscan Catholicism, Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), Wicca, and Shamanism. Weiner's approach is both humorous and sincere, making it the type of book about religions that can be more accessible. Also, his approach is about what the experience of practicing a religion is, not necessarily the doctrine and dogmatic beliefs (though that is mentioned occasionally). Thus, he seems to channel Williams James (who he quotes much) in valuing the experience over the belief. For people who demand Truth (with the capital "T") to spiritual journeys, they may be turned off by Weiner's approach. For those that can understand that desire for genuine experience that a spiritual quest can provide, regardless of the ultimate truth of its beliefs, this will be a book to which they will relate. Fittingly, after all the time Weiner spends experiencing these other religions, his conclusion seems to imply that if a particular faith's experience works for you, then follow it, and not worry about its veracity, its rules, etc.

The book's a good read for anyone wishing to learn just a little more about various religions, and can enjoy the open authenticity of the author and a little bit of humor.

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