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  • Title: Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine
  • Author: EricWeiner
  • ISBN: 9780446539470
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 and prods him and ultimately launches him on a far flung journey to do just that.Weiner, a longtime spiritual voyeur and inveterate traveler, reaWhen 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 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 which 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, the 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 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.
    Man Seeks God My Flirtations with the Divine 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 Th

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    1. 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 wrong headed [...]

    2. It is obvious that Eric Weiner likes to travel In this book, he writes about his experiences visiting half a dozen diverse spiritual journeys, some into far way places I enjoyed this book from beginning to end And it is no coincidence, as I was very satisfied by two other travel happy books by Eric Weiner The Geography of Bliss One Grump s Search for the Happiest Places in the World and The Geography of Genius A Search for the World s Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley.Wh [...]

    3. 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 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 misguide [...]

    4. 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 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 and rit [...]

    5. W a ciwie to nawet 4,5 Przez jaki czas, a dok adniej przez rozdzia o buddyzmie uwa a am, e autorowi umyka co bardzo wa nego, e brak mu cierpliwo ci e gdyby przesta oczekiwa czegokolwiek od tych religii, pr dzej odnalaz by odpowiedzi na swoje pytania Ale teraz s dz , e mo e w a nie tak mia o by i w sumie to dobrze Ka dy z nas jest inny i niezale nie od tego jak wygl da nasz B g albo czy w og le jakiego mamy lub szukamy wa ne jest to co dzia a Pozycja warta przeczytania, mimo tego, e jest to zaled [...]

    6. A few years ago, I read Eric Weiner s book, The Geography of Bliss, in which he traveled the world to find the happiest places on earth In this book, his search is even personal He is looking for his God He chooses eight religions, decides how to focus on each one living with Franciscan monks, for example, to explore Christianity , and spends time with teachers and practitioners of the various faiths He finds in them many great similarities, along with the profound differences that we tend to n [...]

    7. 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 especially e [...]

    8. My son Nissseem, 12 years, saw me laughing, reading a book His curiosity got the best of him I hand him this book Man Seeks God Nisseem is taught to be always open minded and appreciate variation of ideas and opinion Yet he couldn t keep reading, and when I asked why he stopped Nisseem said the author is sarcastically sacrilegious I took the book back and this time I was annoyed with the author trivializing and superficializing things For instance, on p 3, he claims that agnostics strike him as [...]

    9. 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 with different [...]

    10. Consider this a 3.5 star review There were things I really liked, and things I really didn t like, but overall I m glad I read it.Former journalist Eric Weiner had gas and went to a hospital, where a nurse asked, Have you found your God After a good fart I presume , Weiner, a gastronomical Jew, decides he needs to fill the god shaped hole in his life So he travels the world exploring different faiths until he finds one that fits his hole.What I didn t like about the book was the fact Weiner focu [...]

    11. 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 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 stop is Su [...]

    12. 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, he t [...]

    13. 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 course , [...]

    14. Witty, humorous and at times annoying and a little bit of a drag Weiner has a near death experience which is just gas that figures, and embarks on a spiritual quest I can sympathize as my chest pains were all muscular, so I know what of he speaks but it s still rather comical Weiner has to be the most neurotic person I ve ever met bibliographically speaking We hear all about his OCD and impatience and depression and suicide thoughts Sounds like a confession We encounter a strange cult founded by [...]

    15. 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 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 his perso [...]

    16. Eric Weiner is on another quest In his first book he looked for the world s happiest places, now he tackles a 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 There are so [...]

    17. After enjoying Eric Weiner s Geography of Bliss, my son that I might like this book Indeed, I like the author s personal exploration of some of the world s religions in his search for God Although this is not a scholarly adventure, Weiner does impart knowledge about various religions including Sufism, Catholicism, Wicca, Judaism, and others But, this is also a personal journey, and Weiner s insights about these beliefs as well as his own introspective thoughts about the Divine offer the reader s [...]

    18. 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 , Ra lism 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 from it.

    19. Ilka and I just finished translating it into Bulgarian today.It s still too early to discuss it coherently The one word verdict recommended Three to novice seekers.04.04.2014 The Bulgarian edition is out 14.04.2014 I quoted some of my favorite passages in both English and Bulgarian in my personal blog kalvinagi p 457

    20. 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.

    21. I don t usually do non fiction but this made me laugh out loud and it was a great book to make you think Official Review examiner books in boul

    22. 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.

    23. I listened to this on audiobook, which was great because the author s voice is instantly recognizable from his years as a correspondent for NPR And there s so much sarcasm in his writing that it s fun to hear it directly from him But Weiner is a professional journalist, and for all the humor within, this is some heady stuff, so at times I wished I had a physical book to re read some passages and to take down my favorite quotes for later I d describe this like a far intellectual Bill Bryson book [...]

    24. I have to admit I did not finish this book Like many others who commented, I had also been captivated by the lighthearted Geography of Bliss But as a Reform Jew who is interested in other faiths, I found it disappointing It seemed that Eric takes picked the quirkiest offshoots of the most major religions new age Sufi ism as described by Eric bears no relationship to the Islam practiced by my any of my Muslim friends And the breezy manner of his writing was too superficial for me on this topic.Er [...]

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