Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine

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When a health scare puts him in the hospital, Eric Weiner-an agnostic by default-finds himself tangling with an unexpected question, posed to him by a well-meaning nurse. "Have you found your God yet?" The thought of it nags him, and prods him-and ultimately launches him on a far-flung journey to do just that.

Weiner, a longtime "spiritual voyeur" and inveterate traveler, realizes that while he has been privy to a wide range of religious practices, he's never seriously considered these concepts in his own life. Face to face with his own mortality, and spurred on by the question of what spiritual principles to impart to his young daughter, he decides to correct this omission, undertaking a worldwide exploration of religions and hoping to come, if he can, to a personal understanding of the divine.

The journey that results is rich in insight, humor, and heart. Willing to do anything to better understand faith, and to find the god or gods that speak to him, he travels to Nepal, where he meditates with Tibetan lamas and a guy named Wayne. He sojourns to Turkey, where he whirls (not so well, as it turns out) with Sufi dervishes. He heads to China, where he attempts to unblock his chi; to Israel, where he studies Kabbalah, sans Madonna; and to Las Vegas, where he has a close encounter with Raelians (followers of the world's largest UFO-based religion).

At each stop along the way, Weiner tackles our most pressing spiritual questions: Where do we come from? What happens when we die? How should we live our lives? Where do all the missing socks go? With his trademark wit and warmth, he leaves no stone unturned. At a time when more Americans than ever are choosing a new faith, and when spiritual questions loom large in the modern age, MAN SEEKS GOD presents a perspective on religion that is sure to delight, inspire, and entertain.

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Eric Weiner is author of The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World. A New York Times Bestseller, it has been translated into 16 languages. Weiner, a former correspondent for NPR and the New York Times, has written stories from more than three dozen countries. His work has appeared in the New Republic, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The New York Times Magazine, and the anthology, Best American Travel Writing. He writes a regular column for the literary travel website, worldhum.com.
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Twelve
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Published on
Dec 5, 2011
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781455505708
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English
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Religion / Faith
Travel / Special Interest / Religious
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Eric Weiner
Steven Furtick
If you're not daring to believe God for the impossible, you may be sleeping through some of the best parts of your Christian Life.
 
This book is not a Snuggie. The words on these pages will not go down like Ambien. I’m not writing to calm or coddle you. With God’s help, I intend to incite a riot in your mind. Trip your breakers and turn out the lights in your favorite hiding places of insecurity and fear. Then flip the switch back on so that God’s truth can illuminate the divine destiny that may have been lying dormant inside you for years. In short, I’m out to activate your audacious faith. To inspire you to ask God for the impossible. And in the process, to reconnect you with your God-sized purpose and potential.
—STEVEN FURTICK, from Sun Stand Still

“Steven Furtick challenges all of us—from the missionary in the third world to the family in the suburbs—to believe God for the impossible and begin living a life of faith beyond the ordinary.”
—ANDY STANLEY, senior pastor, North Point Community Church

“I don’t know anyone better positioned to challenge you to rise above mundane living and embrace faith-filled audacity than Steven Furtick.”
—CRAIG GROESCHEL, senior pastor, LifeChurch.tv

“For too long Christians have embraced a miniscule vision of faith.… Steven Furtick reminds us that the God who accomplished the impossible through the great heroes of faith still desires to do the same through us today.”
—JENTEZEN FRANKLIN, senior pastor, Free Chapel

“This book will show you that your hopes and expectations are truly just the beginning of what God can do.” 
—ED YOUNG, senior pastor, Fellowship Church



From the Trade Paperback edition.
Eric Weiner
Eric Weiner
Vamos embarcar em uma viagem única e sem bilhete de volta para conhecer a origem e as raízes que alimentaram a mente e o espírito dos grande gênios da humanidade, conduzidos pelo aclamado autor Eric Weiner, um inveterado andarilho, amante da estrada e apaixonado pelo mundo em que vivemos. Um livro diferente: ora um diário de viagem, ora um romance repleto de informações históricas e costurado com muito humor e um olhar único de quem conhece o mundo como a palma de sua mão. De Atenas, na Grécia antiga, ao Vale do Silício dos dias de hoje, Weiner tenta compreender a conexão entre o ambiente e o surgimento dos grandes gênios que transformaram o mundo e abriram novos caminhos e possibilidades. Um verdadeiro passeio por onde as lâmpadas mais brilhantes da humanidade acenderam e iluminaram a nossa trajetória até hoje. Não são poucos os gênios espalhados por esse vasto planeta mas nem todos conseguiram colocar seu nome na história. Nas palavras de um dos grande gênios ainda vivos, Stephen Hawking, "a inteligência é a capacidade de se adaptar à mudança". E essa pode ser a grande faísca para um simples lampejo de genialidade capaz de mudar a rota da nossa história, das nossas vidas e de toda as nossas convicções. Com uma narrativa afiada e provocativa, ONDE NASCEM OS GÊNIOS redefine o argumento sobre como uma mente brilhante floresce e se torna o fruto da cultura e do ambiente que somos condicionados e inaugura a nova linha editorial da DarkSide® Books em grande estilo.
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