Reviews of American Pilgrim

ed pluribus unum

Finished the book early this morning.

First of all, it was very easy to read since the writing style is almost conversational: it was easy to imagine Roosh sitting across from me and relating his story in person.

The transcript of the Nashville speech at the end was helpful in that it's a good summary of his most recent journey (the spiritual one), despite most of it being familiar from his writings and podcasts.

The tone of the writing was very open with no pretension; highs and lows were all presented in the same manner, and the strength of what was being related did not require additional embellishment or drama.

I could relate very much to the travelling aspect of the story. I know what it feels like to make a plan to travel great distances and then feel the pressure of being committed to sticking to the plan - even if I did not have paying customers waiting on me like he did. Roosh, I hope you have the time and inclination to return to some of your favourite places along the way and enjoy them at leisure: there is a wealth of natural beauty across this continent.

Including the conversations with his dinner guests was a valuable addition to the narrative, since it revealed a number of people at different stages of their spiritual journey, which will (I think) allow many readers to identify.

On a personal note, this book helped me better understand where I find myself on that road, and it has given me a lot to reflect on which I believe will ultimately help me. Thanks for the book.


Other Christian
I just finished the book. This is the review awaiting approval that I posted to Amazon:

This book is a interesting chronicle of Roosh's travels across the U.S. and giving presentations regarding his newly acquired faith and rejection of his former life as a "pick-up artist" writer and world traveler. His reflections on our eroding culture are insightful and troubling. His reflections on God are instructive and at times, inspiring.

His observations of the landscape, historic sites, national parks, etc. reads like a travel guide at times. It makes you want to travel. He has a descriptive style that puts you in the many places he visited.

Roosh's descriptions of his personal dealings with temptation were also instructive in terms of understanding the spiritual warfare that humans engage in whether they realize it or not. Fellow believers will know what I mean here. All in all, an excellent book from a talented writer who has come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Roosh is a new creature and is finding ways to bless others. His audience may be smaller than his PUA days, but I believe he has peace with that. The kind of peace that comes with faith.
I finished the book in a few days. It was my first book (luckily xD) by Roosh. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a nice depiction and description of a new Christian, who questions his intentions, faith and actions as a newborn human. Thanks for writing this. It inspired me to be a bit more rigid in practicing my Catholic rites.


About 200 pages in -- I am greatly enjoying American Pilgrim so far. Though I won't be able to leave an Amazon review, I'll try to provide some feedback and insight with a review here once I am finished.


I bought your book from BookDepository (boycotting amazon for some time now) and it was really a great read. You describe your journey very honestly and show how you self-reflection has changed. I can relate to most of it, since I had similar experiences. I will send you an email, @Roosh , for more questions. Maybe you get the time to answer it. Meanwhile, I wish all of you a nice Easter.


A Shorter, more Objective Review

American Pilgrim is an insightful, sometimes humorous book that is in many ways inspiring to read. Through Roosh's travels to the West Coast and back in the United States, the reader is offered a glimpse into the Sodom & Gomorrah of modern cities, the natural beauty of God's creation, and several different Christian subcultures, most notably the various Orthodox parishes and communities. This book also shows how powerful and deeply God's grace can work in a person. I read through this book quickly, despite being busy lately, so I would have to recommend it to others, especially Christians and Orthodox Christians.

A Longer, more Subjective Review

As a teenager, one of my favorite books was Jack Kerouac's On the Road. (This will tie into American Pilgrim, I promise.). As someone who grew up in Pennsylvania suburbia, my most exciting memories were going to summer camps and playing video games. I craved excitement, travel, and novelty, and reading On the Road only solidified this to my young mind. Once I graduated University, I was able to make that dream a reality -- I traveled cross country three times, and had two international trips in my 20s. Unlike Roosh, I wasn't seeking sexual things, though I did have some experiences of that sort, and in some ways these trips were good for me, because the high of the travel made me not want things like alcohol and cannabis like I did at home. And yet, I can see now how this passion for novelty misled me, made me a more sinful person through my judgment ("my perspective is so much more vast than the normies due to travel, they don't know what they are missing out on"). I gave up my druggy passions, but enslaved myself to the more subtle passions of pride and judgment.

Eventually, just like Roosh, I hit a dead end road. Traveling used up all my money, and I had wasted much of my twenties instead of doing things like attending Church, finding a wife, building up my skills, etc. I was depressed and homeless, recently lost my job, broke up with my girlfriend, and my "spiritual-but-not-religious" positive thinking did not help (I was formerly a new agey Zen Buddhist). Fortunately, I was exposed to several Christians in real life and through alternative media who pushed me to give Christ a shot. After living in my tent for a while, I treated myself to a room in a hostel in Portland, Oregon, when I was at a low in my life. There I prayed to Jesus Christ in my top bunk, and shortly after there was a peace in the core of my heart. I listened to the psalms after that and cried in the night. Though on the surface I did still feel some depression and anxiety, I knew that things would work out if I gave myself to Christ, which I did, though it was a gradual process that I am still embarking upon.

At the end of his life, Jack Kerouac returned to his Catholic roots. Though Roosh and Kerouac are two very different writers stylistically, I can't help but notice parallels in their lives and my own where we had to hit that dead end road in order to finally look up, into the heavens, and stop chasing fleeting worldly pleasures. Kerouac went for the booze and spontaneous adventure lifestyle. Roosh went for travel and women. I went for travel and "experiences," but in the end we all found Christ. In many ways, reading American Pilgrim helped me to gain more insight into my own life, and things have seemed to come back full circle. Unlike On the Road, which inflammed my passions and pushed me towards a degenerate, worldly lifestyle (I do not blame Kerouac for that), American Pilgrim reminded me of the glory of God and that I don't need to travel, but I must give myself completely to Christ, whether or not travel is in my future. Some of the talks and experiences Roosh mentions in the book provided much perspective into my own life. For instance, when Roosh was told to not judge his mom in her spiritual life, I was deeply struck because I do the same thing with my parents. Just that insight alone was worth the price of the book, but this book had given me many more insights that I do not need to bore you all with. Furthermore, even though American Pilgrim sheds much light onto modern degeneracy, I could not help but come out feeling inspired and spiritually edified reading this book. I would highly recommend this book to other Christians, or even other seekers, because it may help plant the seeds of Christian life within them. Thank you for writing the book Roosh!
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A few days ago I bought the PDF version of the book.
I don't have time to read because I'm a very busy person, so I came up with a solution. I downloaded a free Text To Speech (TTS) eReader app for my Android phone, and basically what this does is turning the PDF file into an audiobook. The artificial voice is far from perfect, but after downloading additional voices and tweaking the pitch and speed settings the end result was pretty decent. The downside is that it reads out loud the page numbers and the title headers of each page, but that's not a big issue.

I have "read" most the book and I really liked it. I like his writing style and his perspective on his journey in life. An interesting and inspirational read. It inspired me to try to get closer to God and to take my faith more seriously.

I wish Roosh would just make a real audiobook version of his book.


It's a good read. Roosh's itinerary is detailed and interspersed with spiritual observations. The cabin fantasy stuff resonated with me, among other things, because I used to spend hours at work reading and looking at cabin porn.

This line made me chuckle:
So the way to get away from the crowd was to drive down a long gravel road...good to know.
aka the "Neil Peart method"

Thumbs up.

Slim Whitman

Haven't read it yet and will post review when I do, but I wanted to pop in and say that my girlfriend REALLY enjoyed it. She's read a couple other Roosh books too like Lady Game and Dead Bat. She thought this one had a much more matured writing style, and the author sounded more confident. Overall she found it a pleasant read and is looking forward to more. I haven't seen her devour a book that quickly in quite a long time.

I'm going to buy my own copy instead of reading hers, just to support the author a bit more.


In the past day, Amazon has completely shadow banned my book. If you search for "Roosh Valizadeh American Pilgrim" you get results for toys and costumes. The book is still on their site through a direct link, for now.


Looks like it's part of a mass censorship campaign by Amazon:
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When I bought Roosh’s book, “An American Pilgrim” a few weeks ago, it was done primarily to support him and not out of an eagerness to actually read it.

And after letting it sit on my desk for several days, I picked it up and started reading it. And I’m glad I did, it was outstanding.

Being a former sexual degenerate myself, I could easily identify with what he had to say.

When reading a book can make you laugh, piss you off, and make you stop and think about what you’ve just read, you know you’ve got a good one in your hands.

Well done Roosh.


I finally got around to purchasing American Pilgrim last week. I read it in about 3-4 days, which is unusual for me as I tend to take a bit of time to finish books these days. The writing style is very good. It is easy to read yet the story has real depth. The combination of travel log and spiritual diary works very well. I liked the structure of the book; each chapter is broken into smaller bite size pieces that allows the reader to pause and reflect, and re read the section if they wish to.
I found the book to be captivating and insightful. I am looking forward to reading it a second time. I highly recommend it.


Orthodox Inquirer
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I bought this awhile ago but I just got around to reading it. I'm not finished but I'm really enjoying it so far. The writing style is very entertaining and had me laughing out loud a few times - "human-sized horse blinders for Christians living in pornographic societies" is one of the funniest things I have ever read, lol. When I finish the book I plan to donate my copy to my Church's library and encourage people to check it out, especially a few of the younger men I have become friends with. Also looking forward to Roosh's next book - I hear the rough draft is complete already. :)