From the Archives: The God Factor's Starred Review in Publishers Weekly
Jan 15, 2006
PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY: THE GOD FACTOR GETS A STARRED REVIEW!
The January 16, 2006 edition of Publisher's Weekly includes a marvelous, starred review of God Girl's forthcoming book, The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People.
All of us here at God Girl Productions are thrilled and humbled.
"Compassion and grace?" What author could ask for more?
The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People
Falsani, Cathleen (Author)
Farrar Straus Giroux
Hardcover, $24.00 (288p)
Biography & Autobiography | Religious; Religion | Spirituality - General; Self-Help | Spiritual
Religion reporter Falsani dishes up a whimsical and absorbing collection of interviews with assorted literati and glitterati, dissecting issues of faith, ethics and personal spirituality. Since several of these profiles originated as columns in the Chicago Sun-Times, it is perhaps not surprising that many of the interviewees have a Chicago connection, like radio shock jock Mancow, Smashing Pumpkins lead Billy Corgan and Dusty Baker, the manager of the Cubs. But the questions undertaken are truly universal. Some of the stars evince a fairly traditional stance on faith, including observant Muslim basketball star Hakeem Olajuwon, who prays in Arabic daily and runs all of his businesses according to the anti-interest tenets of Islamic law; novelist Anne Rice, who has recently returned to the Catholic faith and written a novel about Jesus' childhood; or Bush speechwriter and policy wonk Michael Gerson, a committed Protestant who like Falsani is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois. Others, like musicians Annie Lennox and Melissa Etheridge, fall into the spiritual-but-not-religious crowd, borrowing creatively from both Eastern and Western religions to craft a personal spiritual practice that works for them. Still others-primarily writers like Studs Terkel, Tom Robbins and Jonathan Safran Foer-place themselves in the agnostic camp. Falsani handles the profiles with sensitivity, painting the book's diverse spiritual seekers with compassion and grace.(Mar. 14)
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