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Thursday, January 19, 7:00 p.m.
Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine
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. 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.
Eric Weiner is author of the New York Times bestseller The Geography of Bliss. A former correspondent for NPR and the New York Times, Weiner has reported from more than three dozen countries. His work has appeared in the New Republic, Slate, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The New York Times Magazine, and the anthology, Best American Travel Writing. He divides his time between Starbucks and Caribou.
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