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The God Factor; Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People

ISBN: 9780374530921 | 0374530920
Edition: Reprint
Format: Trade Paper
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pub. Date: 5/29/2007

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"This sensitive spiritual portrait of popular culture evokes, in thought provoking fashion, the vibrant and highly individualized nature of contemporary faith. " The Christian Science Monitor It goes without saying that spirituality now plays an enormous role in the United States. But while this may be a nation of believers, it's not of one belief, but of many. To shape a candid picture of modern faith, the popularChicago Sun-Timesreligion writer Cathleen Falsaniwho theChicago Tribunepraised as "above all, an exemplary conversationalist"sat down with an array of people who shape our culture. She discussed Jesus with Anne Rice; explored "Playboy theology" with Hugh Hefner; talked about evil with crusading attorney Barry Scheck and heaven with Senator Barack Obama. Writers Laura Esquivel and Jonathan Safran Foer, guru Iyanla Vanzant, rocker Melissa Etheridge, economist Jeffrey Sachs, Pulitzer-winning playwright John Patrick Shanleyall opened up to her. The resulting interviews, more than thirty in all, offer an illuminating look at the beliefs that shape our lives. In the words of one reviewer, Falsani "has done what only great interviewers have the wisdom and patience to do. She has set the stage and dimmed the lights just so. She has invited us into the conversation and left us with wonder, confusion, elation and grace." "Whimsical and absorbing . . . Falsani handles the profiles with sensitivity, painting the book's diverse spiritual seekers with compassion and grace." Publishers Weekly(starred review) Included are interviews with Sherman Alexie, Bono, Dusty Baker, Sandra Bernhard, Sandra Cisneros, Billy Corgan, Kurt Elling, Laura Esquivel, Melissa Etheridge, Jonathan Safran Foer, Mike Gerson, Seamus Heaney, Hugh Hefner, Dr. Henry Lee, Annie Lennox, David Lynch, John Mahoney, Mark Morris, Mancow Muller, Senator Barack Obama, Hakeem Olajuwon, Harold Ramis, Anne Rice, Tom Robbins, Russell Simmons, Jeffrey Sachs , Barry Scheck, John Patrick Shanley , The Reverend Al Sharpton, Studs Terkel, Iyanla Vanzant, and Elie Wiesel.

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