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What do we believe? And for God's sake 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.

Review:

"Readers already familiar with Black as a loud-mouthed regular on The Daily Show will be delighted to find he rants just as well on the page as he does in person. Here, he homes in on religion, which he thinks is taken too seriously and therefore is 'open to ridicule.' Black may not care a whit about propriety, but he's serious about waxing comedic about every religion-related angle he can dig up. No one is safe from his dark humor — the Catholic Church, Mormons, people who commit suicide in the name of faith, Jews, and of course Jesus and God are popular topics. Black's essays consistently deliver zingers, like his speculation in 'The Rapture' about how, 'If Jesus returns to earth... he better have one hell of a website,' since he'd have to compete with all the 'drug-addled young starlets' — not to mention online porn. For those not easily offended, who can stomach the F-word every other paragraph or so, Black's irreverence is laugh-out-loud funny. The chapters are short, some extremely so, and perfect for a good laugh — before bedtime prayers, of course. (June 3)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

From the hilariously mad-as-hell "Daily Show" regular and "New York Times "-bestselling author comes a ferociously funny exploration of religion and faith.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestseller from "the only person I know who can actually yell in print form" (Jon Stewart).

Lewis Black, the bitingly funny comedian, social critic, and bestselling author comes up with some answers to questions about faith. 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 the individual search for transcendence, Black irreverently and hilariously explores his unique odyssey through religion and belief.

About the Author

Lewis Black is the hugely popular and New York Times bestselling author, stand-up comedian, actor, and playwright. Besides appearing regularly on The Daily Show (in his own segment, "Back in Black"), he has written and starred in a string of successful HBO and Comedy Central specials and one-man Broadway shows. He's won a Grammy, an Emmy, and an American Comedy Award. Born near Washington, D.C., Black graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has a master's degree from the Yale School of Drama.

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ComicReaderPDX, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by ComicReaderPDX)
If you like Lewis Black as a comedian and comic/commentator on The Daily Show, you're bound to enjoy this book. It's a more articulate, thoughtful approach to faith, religion and spirituality than you might imagine, and reveals a whole side of Black that you wouldn't expect. But an enjoyable, interesting read!
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ComicReaderPDX, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by ComicReaderPDX)
Great insight into why Lewis Black twitches so much. No, it's not Tourette's - and the book is more a collection of this irreverent (more like "irreveRANT") comedian's explorations and comments on theology and spirituality and such. It certainly rounded out my picture of who Lewis Black is, and he's less twitchy than you'd think. The book is a thoughtful, articulate ramble, well worth the read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594489945
Author:
Black, Lewis
Publisher:
Penguin Audio
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religious biography
Subject:
Black, Lewis
Subject:
Topic - Religion
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Humor-Religious
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20101028
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
8
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.44x5.70x1.02 in. .81 lbs.
Age Level:
14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Readers already familiar with Black as a loud-mouthed regular on The Daily Show will be delighted to find he rants just as well on the page as he does in person. Here, he homes in on religion, which he thinks is taken too seriously and therefore is 'open to ridicule.' Black may not care a whit about propriety, but he's serious about waxing comedic about every religion-related angle he can dig up. No one is safe from his dark humor — the Catholic Church, Mormons, people who commit suicide in the name of faith, Jews, and of course Jesus and God are popular topics. Black's essays consistently deliver zingers, like his speculation in 'The Rapture' about how, 'If Jesus returns to earth... he better have one hell of a website,' since he'd have to compete with all the 'drug-addled young starlets' — not to mention online porn. For those not easily offended, who can stomach the F-word every other paragraph or so, Black's irreverence is laugh-out-loud funny. The chapters are short, some extremely so, and perfect for a good laugh — before bedtime prayers, of course. (June 3)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From the hilariously mad-as-hell "Daily Show" regular and "New York Times "-bestselling author comes a ferociously funny exploration of religion and faith.
"Synopsis" by ,

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.

"Synopsis" by ,
The New York Times bestseller from "the only person I know who can actually yell in print form" (Jon Stewart).

Lewis Black, the bitingly funny comedian, social critic, and bestselling author comes up with some answers to questions about faith. 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 the individual search for transcendence, Black irreverently and hilariously explores his unique odyssey through religion and belief.

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