Reviews for Man Seeks God : My Flirtations With the Divine

Library Journal Reviews 2012 March #2

Weiner (The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World) offers listeners a touching and humorous account of his search for a personal God. The journey takes him to Turkey to study Sufism; Nepal for Buddhism; China for Daoism; Israel for the Kabbalah; the Bronx, NY, to work alongside Franciscans operating a homeless shelter; Washington State for instruction in Wicca; and Las Vegas, NV, to attend a Raelian (a UFO-based religion) convention. Along the way, he encounters a cast of characters--from a guru named Wayne to a Franciscan who was originally a player on Wall Street--and a variety of situations, from cross-dressing to trying to dance a dervish. He also tries to come to grips with a lifelong battle with depression. All of this is delivered with warmth and humor, which also are apparent in Weiner's narration. In the end, Weiner settles on no single religion but acknowledges that the effort deepened his spiritual understanding. VERDICT Individuals involved in their own search for God will find this work insightful. ["Weiner's memoir is one of the best and most readable spiritual autobiographies of the last few years, worthwhile for a broad range of readers and spiritual seekers," read the review of the Twelve: Hachette hc, LJ 1/12.--Ed.]--Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Parkersburg Lib.

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