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Me of Little Faith

Lewis Black

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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.

Publishers Weekly Review

Apr 21, 2008 – 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.

Customer Reviews

Funny and Enlightening

Having owned the hard cover I have considering buying this book again for the iPad since I enjoyed it so much.

Lewis Black brings you along his life's encounters with religion. His perspective is articulated very well with points of great appreciation and great contempt for religion and its various denominations.

Atrocious formatting

Lewis Black is great as always, but penguin should be ashamed of the formatting they did on this book. It's as if they ran a script to remove every single (well almost every) line return. Titles, chapters, lists, headings all run together into basic paragraphs. A third grader could do better.

UPDATE: I've just realized that the book is formatted in such a way that the ends of pages are cut off. Page 12 is a perfect example. Depending on your font size, you can actually read more of the page and even the smallest font size won't reveal it all so page 13 still makes absolutely no sense - that's after you read past the title of the book thats been pressed into the body of text on every single page...

Me of little faith

I loved this book so much!!! Warning: if you are incapable at laughing at the incongruities of the church of god this is not the book for you. I myself am a Christian though, and was able to take great humor in it.

I recommend this to everyone unless the above note applies to you. Happy reading!

Me of Little Faith
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Humor
  • Published: Jun 03, 2008
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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