"Josh Grisetti is a Broadway actor. He is also a very fine writer. His inaugural book opens a brutally transparent window into an intimate and mystical spiritual pilgrimage. Several things struck me about the author's writing and about the spirit in which he approached sharing his story. Although he no longer embraces the fundamentalist Christianity that he grew up with, he never expresses bitterness toward his parents or those who influenced his early religious life. He also does not try to convince the readers of this book that his vision of what he saw that day represents absolute truth. He goes out of his way to explore whether it can be attributed to a classic Near Death Experience, a drug hallucination, or a projection of his own unconscious thoughts."
God In My Head: The true story of an ex-Christian who accidentally met God.
Joshua Steven Grisetti, author
In the bleak winter of 2009, Agnostic and dental-phobic Josh Grisetti experienced an accidental prescription drug overdose at a dentist's office, and subsequently had an unexpected encounter with the Almighty Creator of the Universe. During the supernatural encounter, God explained the meaning of life, revealed the mysterious truths behind the writings of the Bible, unveiled the secrets of the afterlife and, most importantly, dramatically altered the spiritual course of one young man's life. This odd, irreverent spiritual memoir chronicles Josh's journey with blunt comic undertones, undercutting the lofty gravitas typically associated with the "heaven tourism" genre (including best-sellers like Heaven is for Real, To Heaven and Back and Proof of Heaven). While making no claims regarding "proof" of God, heaven or any particular theological truth, this true story is an entertaining and thought-provoking journey into the psychology of religion and the existence of God.
In this debut memoir, Brooklyn-based actor Grisetti describes a divine vision he had while undergoing a dental procedure. Raised as a Southern Baptist in Virginia, Grisetti abandoned his faith after college. Before that, faith was how he coped with his crippling fear of dentistry, he jokes: “In the name of the Father, the Son, Crest, Colgate and Oral-B. Amen.” Eventually dentists prescribed anxiety pills, which he mixed with alcohol to knock himself out. On the day he met God, he had premedicated before being given Xanax and nitrous oxide. The majority of the book recounts the extended question-and-answer session he had with the deity, who told him, among other things, that the Old Testament is allegorical, God and the devil are “two halves of a whole,” and heaven and hell don’t exist. It’s no surprise that such iconoclasm and moral relativism emerged from the mind of someone who’d struggled with orthodox Christianity, Grisetti acknowledges. Although he gamely investigates drug-induced hallucinations and near-death experiences, he still believes that he experienced “something beyond the mere neurons of my brain.” Readers can make of God’s revelations what they will, but the author’s vivid memory and sense of humor render this a riveting account. (BookLife)
Dr. Alan Chase (Fuller Theological Seminary), The White Rhino Report