Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between

Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between, by Jeff Sharlett ($16.25)

Review in the Washington Post

Amazon:  No one explores the borderlands of belief and skepticism quite like Jeff Sharlet. He is ingenious, farsighted, and able to excavate the worlds of others, even the flakiest and most fanatical, with uncanny sympathy. Here, he reports back from the far reaches of belief, whether in the clear mountain air of “Sweet Fuck All, Colorado” or in a midnight congregation of urban anarchists celebrating a victory over police.

From Dr. Cornel West to legendary banjo player Dock Boggs, from the youth evangelist Ron Luce to America’s largest “Mind, Body, Spirit Expo,” Sharlet profiles religious radicals, realists, and escapists. Including extended journeys published here for the first time, Sweet Heaven When I Die offers a portrait of our spiritual landscape that calls to mind Joan Didion’s classic Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

 

About the Author

 

Jeff Sharlet is the author of The Family, C Street, and Sweet Heaven When I Die, and a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and Harper’s. He teaches creative nonfiction at Dartmouth College and lives in New Hampshire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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