This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Laurie Gray for Readers' Favorite
"Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine" by Eric Weiner relays the true adventures of a well-read, well–traveled foreign journalist on a personal mission to find his God. Weiner mixes wit with wisdom and the sacred with the profane on an expedition through Sufism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Raёlism, Taoism, Neo-paganism, Shamanism, and the Kabbalah that is all about the journey rather than the destination. Along the way Weiner whirls like a dervish with the Sufis, nearly confesses with the Franciscans, and practically changes gender with the Raёlians. Weiner dubs himself a “gastronomical Jew,” having grown up in a Jewish family that focused more on food and guilt than on religious observance. Likewise, the book focuses on experience over doctrine.
I found the audiobook, read by the author, to have a Bill-Bryson-like appeal as Weiner travels along a trail toward his personal truth. Weiner describes himself as a “confusionist white male” who always seems to be an outsider peering in, hopeful of discovery, yet not entirely willing to exchange his rationalism for any particular brand of faith. Weiner’s honesty offers an opportunity for both vicarious and genuine insights and his humor makes the voyage a pleasant one. I enjoyed sitting with the author in the Inner Nightclub of Everlasting Joy and rummaging through a heap of rubbish like a blind man looking for a lost jewel. It is all about the investigation and the contemplation because life itself is the miracle, and our job is to pay attention. Weiner suggests that the true measure of any ritual is whether it elevates or diminishes its performer, and in the words of William James, “The truth is what works.”