Man Seeks God by Eric Weiner
My Flirtations with the Divine

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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 what 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 (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 more 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.


About Eric Weiner

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Eric Weiner, an award-winning foreign correspondent for NPR and a former reporter for the New York Times, has written stories from more than three dozen countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Indonesia. His commentary has appeared in The New Republic, The International Herald Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times, and he writes the popular "How They Do It" column for Slate. He has lived in New Delhi, Jerusalem and Tokyo.
Published December 5, 2011 by Twelve. 369 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Born a Jew (but no longer observing), Weiner received a recent medical scare and was startled by a nurse’s question: “Have you found your God yet?” That question propelled the author in his search through a tiny fraction of the world’s religions.

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“I feel like the wayward spouse, reeking of sweet perfume and cheap booze, sheepishly knocking on the front door after a lengthy and unexplained absence.” Weiner takes lessons in the Zohar — the kabbalah’s scripture — savors the cobblestone streets and shops full of “Jewish misfits,” rekindles a ...

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Publishers Weekly

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Former NPR reporter Weiner (The Geography of Bliss) turns his journalistic and travel-writing skills to the terrain of the inner life in this ironic, informative, if somewhat flat, spirituality memoir.

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(They know they have to look skyward, though.) Weiner calls himself a rationalist, but he says that “Reason makes a wonderful servant but a poor master.” A dubious proposition, but he’s setting the stage for his quest, a search for those life experiences that “bewilder the intellect yet utter...

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The author who brought you The Geography of Bliss, Eric Weiner, decides to tackle organized religion in this humorous and insightful summarization of his attempts to dig deeply into a selection of the world's most prominent (or just extreme) religions: Buddhism, Wicca, Shamanism, Daoism, Catholic...

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New York Journal of Books

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“Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine scans rituals so venerable they lack inventors, and doctrines so fresh he watches them evolve in real time.”“Confusionist,” reasons agnostic fellow traveler Eric Weiner, is the word that defines his “spiritual-but-not-religious” outlook.

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Book Reporter

It is not so much the various religions and religious practices examined that make MAN SEEKS GOD compelling, but the people Weiner encounters and spends time with as he travels around the world in search of something to fill the proverbial “God shaped hole.” Still, the most intriguing insights ar...

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San Francisco Chronicle

Eric Weiner's quirky religion-hopping travelogue, "Man Seeks God: My Flirtations With the Divine," actually embraces these pitfalls, while poking good-natured fun at the genre.

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Portland Book Review

Long-suffering from depression, Weiner anchors his search in the pragmatic wisdom of William James: he wants something that just “works.” The moral he finds is that, often, the quest itself dooms the effort.

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Enjoy three fun-filled days of activities — and don't-miss concerts by The Temptations, The Four Tops and Shania Twain.

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Whether twirling with dervishes in Turkey, shaving his legs with Raëlians in Las Vegas, or conjuring animal spirits with a shaman in Beltsville, his interests lie more in what religion offers (“I am fascinated by Tantra”) and requires (“Yes, the Franciscans are tremendous moochers”) than in putti...

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