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God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    highly recommended.

    A very interesting book that I could not leave until I finished. Very informative and insightful as to the non mainstream religions and the dangerous ideas that religious belief have. Many I knew existed but I didn't know really what they taught or demanded from believer. If you are a student of religion, I would highly recommend this for your library.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2014

    This is an excellent book with an astonishing amount of hard wor

    This is an excellent book with an astonishing amount of hard work and research behind it. The reviewer that complained about the book based on her affiliation to the JREF obviously didn't read the book!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2014

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this trip through the wonderland of

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this trip through the wonderland of America's religious cults and fads, and I gobbled it up within 24 hours. I wish her book on haunted houses were available via Nook too. My only wish is for better citation. For example, she makes claims about marriage practices of the FLDS which I have never heard before and somewhat question, but the reader isn't told the source of the information. Also -- and alas, this is true of very many books these days -- she would benefit from a good editor for coherence and organization. Even a good proof-reader would help. As for the one star reviewer complaining about Stollznow's "snarky" tone, well, s/he has a point -- the humor of the material speaks for itself; no need to belabor it. On the other hand, the occasional "snarkiness" is well-balanced by Stollznow's compassion for the people she observes. All in all, a fun read for readers like me who love this kind of exploration and debunking.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Anyone familiar with the condescending, sarcastic tone of this a

    Anyone familiar with the condescending, sarcastic tone of this author's other writings will find more of the same in this book. She's a fundamentalist skeptic and atheist closely affiliated with JREF, and like other members of JREF, delights in ridiculing anyone who doesn't espouse a rationalist worldview. Although Stollznow constantly decries the validity of anecdotal evidence, this book is nothing but the author's personal observations of the religions covered, and her bias against most of them bleeds through. This book is not an objective view of religion, it's a fanatical skeptic's view of it.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I admit that I read it in a

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I admit that I read it in a library but that doesn't diminish my opinion. I am familiar with Dr. Stollznow's work for the JREF and obviously the one star reviewer's comments below are biased. The book is a very fair and detailed look at these religions. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2014

    A very fun and clever book! Sometimes it takes an outsider to se

    A very fun and clever book! Sometimes it takes an outsider to see things for what they really are. I enjoyed this book immensely. 

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