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Part autobiography, part philosophical inquiry, part sacred quest - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck for the spiritual seeker - a hilarious, profound, and enlightening romp around the fertile mind of standout stand-up comedian, host of the hugely successful podcast You Made It Weird, and star of HBO’s Crashing Pete Holmes. 

Growing up as evangelical Christian outside Boston, Pete Holmes was taught that drugs, alcohol, and premarital sex were serious transgressions. Faithful to the tenets of his faith, Pete did not swear, did not drink, did not smoke, and did not fornicate. He did devote himself to one woman, married her, and moved to the country to start a simple life and build a family. Then the wife he pledged himself to cheated on him very publicly. Thanks for nothing, God.

When his attempt at a picture-perfect life failed, Pete was forced to reexamine his beliefs. But neither atheism, Christianity, nor copious bottles of Yellow Tail led to enlightenment. Longing for a model of faith that served him and his newfound uncertainties about the universe - you know, the little things - the scorned believer embarked on a soul-seeking journey that has become the foundation of his work today. Comedy Sex God is his funny, thoughtful, straight-from-the-heart mediation on life, creativity, love, God, and the things that matter to him - and to us all. 

Pete ponders the most valuable spiritual truths he’s picked up in his post-religion life and shares a few personal stories - of professional success, failure, and the pain in his balls. Comedy Sex God is celebration of losing something to find something else - a void that became a door to spiritual exploration - a glorious journey into the mind-blowing unknown that never would have begun if your wife hadn’t cheated with a guy named Rocco.

©2019 Pete Holmes (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Cooper Le
  • 2019-05-14

Great book!

As a long time fan of Pete Holmes, I had a biased opinion going into this book. That said, it was really great to hear his full story put together, and while I'm not religious or spiritual, some of the lessons and tips for life in the book are certainly valuable.

Pete himself turns in a great performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-23

A beautiful and relatable story

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Pete’s story. The fact that he narrates the audiobook makes it more hilarious, sincere, and moving. His story serves as a reminder that we all should be in search of truth...no matter how different our individual paths.

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  • William Tooker
  • Columbus, OH
  • 2019-05-24

So Much To Unpack

A lot of overlap with the latest stand up special but I like that too. For the first time I "got" the concept of "This s a good episode" and the difference between the me that is experiencing and the me who is observing. Worth every penny for getting that door to open.

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  • Erin Wickering
  • 2019-05-22

Just finished and I want to listen to it again!

I absolutely LOVED this book. I'm a big Pete Holmes fan, so I was going into it expecting to like it, but it was way more than I thought it could be.

I've heard books self-narrated by other comedians that have been pretty flat, but Pete's performance was energetic and entertaining.

I identify so much with his background that this really struck a chord with me. I would recommend this to anyone who:
- Grew up in the christian faith and left it
- Has spent any of their lives searching for spiritual meaning
- Thinks mindfulness is important
- Enjoys stories of the human experience

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  • John D. McElroy
  • 2019-05-22

Amazing!

This may very well have changed my life and got me back into the arena of the conversation of God.

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  • higherlegal
  • 2019-05-22

Phenomenal!

This is one of the best religion/spirituality books I’ve ever listened to. Pete Holmes honesty and the sharing of his story is a breath of fresh air. Thank you Pete Holmes.

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  • D Via
  • 2019-05-21

Love Pete, Love This

I've come to love Pete's voice from years of listening to his podcast You Made It Weird. He is one of my favorite people I've never met.

I was worried I would have heard too much of this book via his podcast and his standup. There definitely is some overlap but I found this fundamentally different because it was Pete doing an unshackled deep dive. I found this book all the all the things he would want me to find it. Funny, spiritually enlightening, relatable and authentic. I listen to a lot of Comedian memoirs and this one is up there with BossyPants as one of my favorites. Just another medium where Pete absolutely crushed it.

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  • Reynish
  • FRESNO, CA
  • 2019-05-20

Beautiful. Inspirational. Funny

After listening to Pete I am so inspired to continue on my spiritual journey. What a gift we all have in this world.

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  • Archie B
  • 2019-05-19

Welp, I'm in love

I've always liked Pete's comedy. I had no idea he was someone focused on the meaning of life. What a great American story.

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  • Matthew Pancone
  • 2019-05-17

More than pleasantly surprised!

I’ve heard much of Pete’s story before reading this book. I figured I’d hear some stories in more detail than I had previously heard, have a few laughs , and be able to say that I was able to support someone I respect and like.
But this book was much more than that... it was a well told story that comes full circle. Pete’s story was relatable and open. There were multiple times where I wanted to jump on Instagram and tell Pete how much something he said excited me , or was an incredible synchronicity. I mean, I’m writing a review and I don’t typically do that. So that’s gotta count for something.