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Living With A Wild God

A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything

Ehrenreich, Barbara

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Living With A Wild God
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"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"--
Publisher: New York :, Twelve,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 145550176X
9781455501762
Characteristics: xiv, 237 pages ;,24 cm

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Nov 02, 2014
  • LucasHill rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

On the one hand, this is just another memoir about the supernatural; on the other hand, at one point the author writes, "I decided to be God and be responsible for the whole thing." Most people encounter what they call God and express humble feelings about it. Not Ehrenreich. It might be individually instructive to assess one's adolescent psyche from a 40+ year remove, but is there anything generally useful to an audience here? The more interesting story comes when Ehrenreich learns how to grow from someone who lived around other people, to (presumably) someone who lives with other people

Sep 18, 2014
  • sawiley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ehrenreich is an engaging and accessible writer providing an account of her adolescence which is intelligent, relatable, vulnerable and often humorous. I highly recommend it for women who were sheltered or religious as children, as well as women in male dominated fields. As a person who was and is all three of those things, I found the memoir impossible to put down.

Aug 19, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It's best to go into this expecting a memoir and not let the title mislead you. I was with it when were were talking history, philosophy, and metaphysics and then felt like I was being subjected to a really long tangent when the author would discuss her family history and her personal life and all that stuff. The writing is engaging though, I love her little asides to her younger self and how frustrated she is at young her for not recording things properly, but it is a memoir before it is anything else.

Jun 06, 2014
  • GummiGirl rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The teenage metaphysical musings didn't do much for me. But otherwise it's a good enough memoir, and having enjoyed many of the author's other writings, I was interested in learning about her early life. I particularly liked the parts about her scientific education.

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