Daniele Bolelli is a writer, college professor and martial artist. He teaches at Santa Monica College and California State University, Long Beach and is the author of 50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know: Religion. Born in Milan, his father, Franco Bolelli, is one of the most influential modern Italian philosophers.
STARRED LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW: This is one of the most refreshing,
humorous, and radically honest books about practical and
comparative religion this reviewer has ever come across. Bolelli
(history, Santa Monica Coll. & California State Univ., Long Beach;
50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know: Religion), whose website
declares, Answering hopelessness with a defiant smile and raised
middle finger! offers a bold, passionate invitation to question
everything we've been taught, saying only that which remains
relevant. Thus, Bolelli is a heretic in the classic sense of one
who picks and chooses what to believe. However, this is not shallow
New Age drivel; rather, it is a candid and ambitious investigation
of the beliefs of major world religions, Eastern and Western, on a
wide variety of topics including afterlife, gender roles, sex, and
laughter. Throughout, Bolelli cheerfully and irreverently searches
for meaningful answers buried among the spiritual relics of
humanity. VERDICT: Highly recommended for all those who are not
absolutely certain about the truth of their beliefs or lack of
them. Likely to be enjoyed by those who do not take themselves too
seriously. --Brian Sullivan, Alfred Univ. Lib., NY-- "Reviews"
Bolelli's direct confrontation with dogma without giving an inch and without prescribing a new dogma is about as fresh as it gets. His brand of radically honest philosophy is the perfect cure to liberate our minds. --Mike Vallely, musician, actor, television personality, stuntman, professional wrestler, and hockey player-- "Reviews"
Daniele Bolelli is in the house. Minds will be blown. Lives will be changed. --Joe Rogan, host of the hit reality television series Fear Factor and television personality.-- "Reviews"
Regardless of one's faith or religious practice, Create Your Own Religion challenges the pitfalls of blind faith and is a refreshing reminder that we all have a choice as to how spiritually open minded we allow ourselves to be. --Ben Harper, Grammy award winning singersongwriter and multiinstrumentalist-- "Reviews"
With a cheerful, goodnatured smile, Daniele Bolelli torpedoes the often luxurious but spiritually leaky battleships that sail under the various flags of the world's organized religions. --Tom Robbins, author of Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, Jitterbug Perfume, Still Life with Woodpecker, and several other books-- "Reviews"