Coming Out Atheist: How to Do it, How to Help Each Other, and Why [NOOK Book]

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Coming out as an atheist is a powerful, liberating act. It makes life better for yourself, for other atheists, and for the world. But telling people you're an atheist can be risky. What are the best ways to do it? And how can we help each other take this step?

In this compassionate, friendly, down-to-earth how-to guide, popular author and blogger Greta Christina ("Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless") offers ...
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Coming Out Atheist: How to Do it, How to Help Each Other, and Why

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Overview

Coming out as an atheist is a powerful, liberating act. It makes life better for yourself, for other atheists, and for the world. But telling people you're an atheist can be risky. What are the best ways to do it? And how can we help each other take this step?

In this compassionate, friendly, down-to-earth how-to guide, popular author and blogger Greta Christina ("Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless") offers concrete strategies and guiding philosophies for coming out as an atheist. Based on hundreds of coming-out stories, the book offers a map of the territory atheists are likely to encounter -- and ideas on how to pick the path that's best for you.

This accessible, empathetic guide reflects a wide range of atheist coming-out experiences. It includes dedicated chapters on:

Family
Friends
Spouses and Partners
Work
The Internet
Parents
Students
Conservative Communities
The Already Marginalized
and much more.

For atheists who are already out, it gives practical ideas on how to help others join you in the sunlight. And for atheists who are on the fence, it offers guidance on making that decision -- and gentle encouragement to take that step.

Inspiring and realistic, kind and powerful, "Coming Out Atheist" is the much-needed guidebook atheists have been waiting for.

Author Greta Christina is donating 10% of her income from this book to atheist organizations, charities, and projects.

"Witty, wise, helpful, and humane, this clear and engaging book is most timely. Coming Out Atheist is a great resource for the many Americans out there who have rejected religious faith and are moving towards embracing, acknowledging, and proclaiming their atheism."
-Phil Zuckerman, Ph.D., author of "Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion" and "Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment"

"Old and new atheists alike will find this book invaluable as a road map through the often murky waters of coming out as a nonbeliever. As an out atheist, I was struck by how much I learned about the coming out process and its intricacies. There is no doubt that it has made me a better advocate and voice in the movement. BUY THIS BOOK IT'S AMAZEBANANAS!"
-Lauren Lane, Skepticon Co-Founder

"Greta Christina's guide to 'Coming Out Atheist' is chock-full of useful ideas; but above all it is wise and compassionate."
-Alan Sokal, Professor of Physics, New York University

"This is an important book at the right time by a clear thinker, elegant writer, and passionate human being. Greta Christina is one of a small handful of atheist authors I can count on to bring that happy combination home, time after time."
-Dale McGowan, author of "Atheism For Dummies"

"There's no doubt that it's hard to be an atheist in America, but Greta Christina's message will make you rethink keeping your beliefs to yourself. There's an optimistic truth that ties her book together: By coming out publicly as non-religious, we are doing something courageous, powerful, and important. Given the choice between simply handing someone a copy of The God Delusion and telling that person you don't believe in God, Greta reminds us that the personal message may be the most powerful weapon in the atheist arsenal."
-Hemant Mehta, blogger at FriendlyAtheist.com and author of "The Young Atheist's Survival Guide"

"What an accomplishment! In 'Coming Out Atheist,' Greta Christina has pulled together a great resource for emerging atheists. She very thoroughly captures the reality that atheists are people too, including non-believing clergy."
-Catherine Dunphy, Acting Executive Director, The Clergy Project

"Greta Christina knows that the philosophy of atheism is incomplete without practical and sensible advice about how to live in a world full of believers. Her fascinating life experience and astute observations of atheists, in or out of the closet, offers readers some of the most potent testimony for why coming out as an atheist will make a godless life better."
-Hector Avalos, professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University, author of "The End of Biblical Studies"

"Greta Christina has written the ultimate handbook for coming out. I read this book with an eye for detail, since there are so many nuances in the process of coming out. Greta addresses each one of them with thoughtfulness and compassion. I actually think this book has something for every atheist, not just those coming out. Her insight, understanding, and knowledge mark a new path I have not seen in this kind of book before. As the Chairman of the Board of Recovering from Religion, this book is now on our list of 'highly recommended' for all our members and facilitators."
-Darrel Ray, author of "The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture"
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149201266
  • Publisher: Dirty Heathen Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 159,713
  • File size: 460 KB

Meet the Author

Greta Christina is author of "Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless," an Amazon best-seller in the Atheism category, and of "Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More." She blogs at the cleverly named Greta Christina's Blog, one of the most widely-read and well-respected blogs in the atheist blogosphere, and is a regular contributor to AlterNet, Salon, Free Inquiry, and The Humanist. She was ranked by an independent analyst as one of the Top Ten most popular atheist bloggers, and her writing has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including Ms., Penthouse, Skeptical Inquirer, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the anthology "Everything You Know About God Is Wrong." She is editor of the "Best Erotic Comics" anthology series and of "Paying For It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients." She has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including atheism, skepticism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. She is on the speakers' bureaus of the Secular Student Alliance and the Center for Inquiry. She tweets at @GretaChristina. She lives in San Francisco with her wife, Ingrid.
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