Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution

Hachette Audio. Apr. 2023. 9:03 hrs. ISBN 9781668618387. $27.99. SPIRITUALITY
Actor, activist, and author Wilson (The Bassoon King) offers observations on the world’s spiritual struggles. Better known as his persona on The Office, a “beet-farming, paper-selling, tangentially Amish man baby,” Wilson is admittedly not an enlightened authority but draws from his personal spiritual journey and extensive existential research to offer absorbing and intriguing insights. Addressing his own confusion and questions, Wilson explores the universal connections and commonalities between religious doctrines, from the Bible to the Bhagavad Gita, examines the spiritual symbolism of Star Trek, and outlines his ideal “faith of the future,” one that appreciates the transformative potential of potlucks. As the narrator, Wilson gives an engaging and entertaining performance. From addiction to anxiety, he discusses personal experiences in a compelling and comical way that could only be accomplished by the author himself. The result is a playful, thought-provoking thesis on how to better the “beautiful, and sometimes difficult, Earth.”
VERDICT This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a reflective blend of religion and pop culture. Recommended for fans of hopeful, humorous takes on heavy topics, as in Kristin Chenoweth’s I’m No Philosopher, But I Got Thoughts.
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