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Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything

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Ehrenreich's latest is a bit of a departure from her political and sociological work, but her voice is as engaging and passionate as ever. An intensely personal yet rigorously thoughtful examination of mystical experience, Living with a Wild God is a unique and fascinating look at the inexplicable.
Recommended by Tessa, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

In middle age, Ehrenreich came across the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence and set out to reconstruct that quest, which had taken her to the study of science and through a cataclysmic series of uncanny — or as she later learned to call them, "mystical" — experiences. A staunch atheist and rationalist, she is profoundly shaken by the implications of her life-long search.

Part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, Living with a Wild God brings an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's uninhibited musings on the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. Ehrenreich's most personal book ever will spark a lively and heated conversation about religion and spirituality, science and morality, and the "meaning of life."

Certain to be a classic, Living with a Wild God combines intellectual rigor with a frank account of the inexplicable, in Ehrenreich's singular voice, to produce a true literary achievement.

Review:

"Based on a notebook she started when she was 14 after a series of puzzling 'dissociative' episodes that verged on the mystical, Ehrenreich, best-known for her polemics on issues of social justice (Bright-Eyed; Bait and Switch), fashions an intensely engrossing study of her early quest for 'cosmic knowledge.' As a child of an upwardly mobile scientist father who had started as a copper miner in Butte, Mont., and a resentful mother of thwarted ambitions, both of whom were fierce atheists sliding into alcoholism by the mid-1950s, Ehrenreich moved constantly, eventually landing briefly in Lowell, Mass., where her first mystical experience occurred, then to Los Angeles. Smart in math and science, non-believing and obedient to her father's instruction to ask always why, Ehrenreich was resolved not to turn out like her mother, yet she could not quite be the scientist of her father's dreams because she was a girl; the out-of-body incidences when 'the trees step out of the forest' were more exhausting than frightening, but kept goading her to delve deeper into mortality and meaning as she gained maturity as a scientist and a creature of value separate from her parents. Using her journal extracts as a point of departure, Ehrenreich returns with vigor to her youthful quest, enlisting all of her subsequent scientific training to find an explanation for what had occurred to her as a girl, yet offering only a glimmer in her wise and tolerant later years of a possibility of a 'living, breathing Other.'" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

BARBARA EHRENREICH is the author of fourteen books, including the bestselling Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. She lives in Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781455501762
Subtitle:
A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything
Author:
Ehrenreich, Barbara
Publisher:
Twelve
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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Ehrenreich's latest is a bit of a departure from her political and sociological work, but her voice is as engaging and passionate as ever. An intensely personal yet rigorously thoughtful examination of mystical experience, Living with a Wild God is a unique and fascinating look at the inexplicable.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Based on a notebook she started when she was 14 after a series of puzzling 'dissociative' episodes that verged on the mystical, Ehrenreich, best-known for her polemics on issues of social justice (Bright-Eyed; Bait and Switch), fashions an intensely engrossing study of her early quest for 'cosmic knowledge.' As a child of an upwardly mobile scientist father who had started as a copper miner in Butte, Mont., and a resentful mother of thwarted ambitions, both of whom were fierce atheists sliding into alcoholism by the mid-1950s, Ehrenreich moved constantly, eventually landing briefly in Lowell, Mass., where her first mystical experience occurred, then to Los Angeles. Smart in math and science, non-believing and obedient to her father's instruction to ask always why, Ehrenreich was resolved not to turn out like her mother, yet she could not quite be the scientist of her father's dreams because she was a girl; the out-of-body incidences when 'the trees step out of the forest' were more exhausting than frightening, but kept goading her to delve deeper into mortality and meaning as she gained maturity as a scientist and a creature of value separate from her parents. Using her journal extracts as a point of departure, Ehrenreich returns with vigor to her youthful quest, enlisting all of her subsequent scientific training to find an explanation for what had occurred to her as a girl, yet offering only a glimmer in her wise and tolerant later years of a possibility of a 'living, breathing Other.'" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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