368 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1.25 in
December 5, 2011
Grand Central Publishing
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0446539473
ISBN - 13: 9780446539470
About the Book
After a health scare leaves him reeling, Weiner--an atheist by default--sets out on a worldwide search for an experience of the divine. His journey takes place at a time when more Americans than ever--nearly one in three--are choosing a new faith. At each stop along the way, the author tackles pressing spiritual question. With his trademark wit and warmth, Weiner leaves no stone unturned.
From the Publisher
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 him, 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 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 hischi;to Israel, where he studies Kabbalah,sansMadonna; 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 GODpresents a perspective on religion that is sure to delight, inspire, and entertain.
About the Author
Eric Weiner is author of theNew York TimesbestsellerThe Geography of Bliss, which has been translated into eighteen languages. A former correspondent for NPR and theNew York Times, Weiner has reported from more than three dozen countries. His work has appeared in theNew Republic,Slate,Los Angeles Times,Washington Post,Foreign Policy,The New York Times Magazine, and the anthology,Best American Travel Writing. He divides his time between Starbucks and Caribou.
"Books about God tend to fall into two categories: objective inquiries into the nature of belief and personal tales of spiritual awakening...Weiner's 'Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine' nimbly and often hilariously straddles the fence between the two genres....He's Woody Allen channeling Karen Armstrong."
-New York Times Book Review