I wouldn't say I have a new belief in God because of this book. I did find the discussion about God, Catholicism, Hindu, Islam, agnosticism and aetheism interesting without it being pedantic and preachy. I would also say that it was surprisingly entertaining for a book that primarily takes place for (227) endless days on the ocean. Martel manages to make the mundane things interesting and the exotic, unusual things...well, you come to accept them as normal. I did struggle, at times, with visualizing some of his descriptions.