Pete Holmes has been one of favorite podcasters for awhile, and a favorite guest on other podcasts So I was excited to see him publish a book While not much of this is new to anyone who has listened to pete regularly, it s a fun and funny summary of his upbringing in the church, marriage and divorce, deconstruction and finding peace with his spirituality Fun to listen to on audiobook as he narrates it himself But not with kids around read full review here journey to Comedy Sex God began with Rob Bell, which is fitting because he s the author of Sex God.
Similar themes, but less funny.
Rob is the former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI not to be confused with Mars Hill Church in Seattle I used to religiously download his weekly sermons, and was feeling a Bell shaped void after he decided to take off for Los Angeles to pursue other ventures.
It was 2013 and were planning a trip to Ottawa at the time, so I did a search for Rob Bell in my podcast app to help keep me entertained on the long drive I came across his name listed beside this funny little logo and was interested to see how the author of Love Wins could make it even weirder As it turned out, that book was the impetus for this podcast host to reach out to Rob, and I quickly learned that I actually had a lot in common with Pete Holmes.
Our stories aren t quite the same my wife didn t leave me for a small Italian man, thank God , but I weave in and out of phases of deconstruction and reconstruction as a result of life circumstances, having my eyes opened to new ways of thinking while shelving old, harmful beliefs about faith and God s role in the world in which we live.
I can t say I ve gone so far as to have my mind opened by psychedelics, and likely never will Pete s deep dive into Ram Dass is kind of where our paths veer most obviously I m interested in him and will check out his teachings, but I won t be humping on a plane to Hawaii anytime soon At the same time, I ve kind of found a guru in absentia in Richard Rohr another previous YMIW guest and a fave of Pete s and often think about planning a retreat to New Mexico to meet him.
That s kind of the point of Comedy Sex God, really We re all on different paths, but we all come from the same Oneness, and thein tune we become with it and each other, the better off we all will be.
Pete referenced Bell in this book, and I know he has a relationship with others I admire, namely The Liturgists, David Bazan, and Rohr himself Again, different streams, but all flowing from the same grand river.
The sections on meditation and breathing and Awareness were particularly meaningful for me, and I know these are practices I need incorporate into my life Thanks for another kick in the ass, Pete.
I should add Pete is a really great writer, and both his comedy and his warmth come off the pages in droves This book is hilarious, and I laughed out loud on several occasions it s also deeply moving, and I teared upthan once.
It will come as no surprise that I can t recommend this book highly enough I hope you all read it, love it, and come to admire Pete as much as I do.