Living With A Wild God

Living With A Wild God

A Memoir

eBook - 2014
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Part memoir, part spiritual inquiry, an atheist and rationalist, after coming across the journal she kept during her adolescence, sets out to answer her younger self's uninhibited musings on questions of spirituality, science, and morality.
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Twelve,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455552122
Characteristics: 1 online resource (237 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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May 21, 2020

Hard to take. Too much of a lot of things, name dropping, vocabulary, ego,....
Tough subject for a book so hats off for the effort but it seems so selfcentered and arrogant, and unkind. Puts me off reading any more of her books. Maybe I'll go back but for now I'm done.

JCLIngridP Aug 30, 2018

This is a great memoir written by a scientist who is always looking for the answer about our existence, why? I enjoyed the chemistry, rationalizations and her mystical experiences.

ArapahoeStaff20 Nov 17, 2017

An intellect's interaction with the spiritual realm. She describes phenomena with great detail that many have difficulty finding the words for at all. Though a Christian myself, I appreciated her perspective on God.

Sep 27, 2017

The author seemed like a remarkable young woman, super smart, but her mystical experiences were merely "meh." Too many intelligent people abandon reason when it comes to the metaphysical...that's not the road to truth.

I found the whole book good enough to read, and the author's conclusions sappy enough to be worth forgetting.

Feb 04, 2017

The author's search, as a youth, for what's real behind appearances returns in her later years with the gravity the question merits, and with enchanting, enlightening and touching effect. Ehrenreich's book made me laugh and moved me deeply. Our senses may not be sufficient to understand the forces of nature that rule the cosmos, and in that, she and I can be satisfied that what happens can't always be explained, nor can we desist from our inquiries.

Mar 07, 2016

An interesting read involving a woman's struggle to deal with a repeating experience with something "other" that she cannot fully define.

Dec 12, 2015

I am deeply moved by how genuine a truth seeker the author is. There is no cliche in her thinking. Honesty is the word to describe her. I would like to be her friend if I get to meet her.

Apr 18, 2015

I really enjoyed this book, I found it hilarious, captivating, and informative. A must read for anyone seeking after truth.

Jan 31, 2015

Although I share an alma mater (Reed college) and an atheist parent with Barbara, I ended up disappointed in the book. Her transcendent-type experiences didn't strike me as very interesting. I also must confess that her early dismissal of the feelings of animals and other people, paired with her love of Descartes (whom I turned away from when I heard that he nailed a dog to the shed and then told people that the resulting screaming was just reflexes and instinct, nothing like they would feel if they were nailed to a shed) also turned me off. I found enough interesting to finish the book, but it was spotty for me, and i was hoping for more.

Dec 27, 2014

A powerful book for the right reader, especially one who felt the tension between logic and faith from an early age.

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Dec 30, 2014

"Mysticism often reveals a wild, amoral Other, while religion insists on conventional codes of ethics enforced by an ethical supernatural being. The obvious solution would be to admit that ethical systems are a human invention and that the Other is something else entirely."

Dec 27, 2014

"I should have stayed home and read Kafka, whom I'd just discovered in a paperback bookstore and found agreeably disorienting."


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