Me of Little Faith

Me of Little Faith

Book - 2008
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What do we believe? And in God's name why?

These are the thorny questions that Lewis Black, the bitingly funny comedian, social critic, and bestselling author, tackles in his new book, Me of Little Faith. And he's come up with some answers. Or at least his answers. In more than two dozen essays that investigate everything from the differences between how Christians and Jews celebrate their holidays, to the politics of faith, to people's individual search for transcendence, Black explores his unique odyssey through religion and belief.

Growing up as a nonpracticing Jewish kid near Washington, D.C., during the 1950s, Black survived Hebrew school and a bar mitzvah (barely), went to college in the South during the tumultuous 1960s, and witnessed firsthand the unsettling parallels between religious rapture and drug-induced visions (even if none of his friends did). He explored the self-actualization movements of the 1970s (and the self-indulgence that they produced), and since then has turned an increasingly skeptical eye toward the politicians and televangelists who don the cloak of religiouos rectitude to mask their own moral hypocrisy.

What he learned along the way about the inconsistencies and peculiarities of religion infuriated Black, and in Me of Little Faith he gives full vent to his comedic rage. Black explores how the rules and constraints of religion have affected his life and the lives of us all. Hilarious experiences with rabbis, Mormons, gurus, psychics, and even the joy of a perfect round of golf give Black the chance to expound upon what we believe and why?in the language of a shock jock and with the heart of an iconoclast.

"To put it as simply as I can," Black writes, "this is a book about my relationship with religion, where my?dare I say it??spiritual journey has taken me...what it's meant and not meant to me, and why it makes me laugh." By the end of Me of Little Faith, you'll be a convert.



Baker & Taylor
A biting assessment of modern religion by the "Daily Show" comic describes his haphazard Hebrew school education, witness to the link between faith and drugs throughout his 1960s college days, and perspective on the hypocrisy of faith-toting politicians.

Baker
& Taylor

A biting assessment of modern religion by the Emmy-nominated Daily Show comic describes his haphazard Hebrew school education, witness to the link between faith and drugs throughout his 1960s college days, and perspective on the hypocrisy of faith-toting politicians. 150,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, c2008
ISBN: 9781594489945
1594489947
Branch Call Number: 200.92 BLA
Characteristics: 240 p. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gallo, Hank

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ididarodkid
Dec 12, 2012

While the Publishers Weekly review covered much of this book, I would like to add that there was a lot more to it. To those of us who have followed Lewis Black on the Jon Stewart show, and later, we are aware of his cynical assessments. Yet, in this book, there are testimonials, and observations of events in his life that open another perspective on this man. He does possess a spiritual quality that is no nonsense, yet acknowledged with candor and openness that is a departure from his usual brash commentary. This book is enjoyable on many levels, not the least of which is the discovery of 'the other side' of Lewis Black.

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Jessica_Jade Jun 21, 2014

These are the thorny questions that Lewis Black, the bitingly funny comedian, social critic, and bestselling author, tackles in his new book, Me of Little Faith. And he's come up with some answers. Or at least his answers. In more than two dozen essays that investigate everything from the differences between how Christians and Jews celebrate their holidays, to the politics of faith, to people's individual search for transcendence, Black explores his unique odyssey through religion and belief.

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Jessica_Jade Jun 21, 2014

“That's the funny thing about religion: it doesn't matter what you say, you're going to upset someone. ”

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