"Nearly three dozen first-person testimonies illustrate how and why people come to question fundamentalist/highly conservative Christian beliefs. One-third remained Christians though of a more moderate-liberal persuasion. Testimonies of prominent figures in the past who helped widen the inclusivity of Christian faith in their day are also included (in the final section)."
"Biographical sketches of women and men who experienced a meaningful Christian faith only to collide with aspects of it that pushed them away from orthdoxy, toward either a wider spirituality, agnosticism or atheism. Van Gogh, James Baldwin, George Eliot, et al. The author mentions LEAVING THE FOLD: TESTIMONIES OF FORMER FUNDAMENTALISTS by Edward T. Babinski."
"Thirteen essays solicited from scholars in religion that respond to the question of how faith is understood when it conflicts with reason, science, or scholarship. Their answers are remarkably varied, painfully honest, and profoundly respectful of Christian tradition and newer truths alike."
"The author tells her story about leaving the fold, and assesses psychological factors that make conservative Christianity atractive, relatively easy to join, but difficult to leave. She holds 'Recovery from Religion' seminars and has a website: http://www.marlenewinell.net/ See also her companion site: http://recoveringfundamentalists.com/"
"Like Marlene Winell, author of the previous book, Ms. Tarico is a psychologist and includes her testimony in her book. Her articles appear at The Huffington Post & she contributed a chapter to The Christian Delusion. See her blog http://awaypoint.spaces.live.com/"
"In-depth interviews with people who have left religion to find out what's really behind the process of losing one's faith. Leaving one's faith is a highly personal, complex, and drawn-out process, and apostates are life-affirming, courageous, highly intelligent and inquisitive, and deeply moral."
"Written by an Evangelical (but non-fundamentalist) Christian. After this book Ms. Tucker composed, GOD TALK, which raises questions concerning the efficacy of some arguments employed by Christianity's most revered apologists to try and convince people to believe."
"Frank Schaeffer, son of famed Evangelical Christian apologist, Francis Schaeffer explains his heartfelt religious journey in this book and previous ones: see also, Crazy for God, Portofino, Saving Grandma, and, Zermatt (the last three are semi-autobiographical novels about growing up the son of a fundamentalist missionary in Switzerland)."
"Christian convert on fire for God prays and seeks job as religion editor to show the public the good side of religion, but loses his faith as he learns more about the world of religion in toto. Award-winning autobiographical work."
"OPTIONED BY HOLLYWOOD: The true story of a Christian Bible translator who left the fold after encountering a primitive tribe of loving people who have remained invulnerable to attempts to convert them for over a century. The final chapter is hilarious and enlightening, "Converting the Missionary.""
"Award winning memoir praised on both sides of the Atlantic about the author's strict Calvinist upbringing and why she was sent to a Christian Reform School--at which her brother died. See also her blog and testimonies of others from the same reform school: http://www.juliascheeres.com/"
"Sarah Sentilles was in the ordination process to become an Episcopal priest, a youth minister at a church, and a doctoral student in theology at Harvard . . . But in the studying of the religion she'd been raised on and believed wholeheartedly, one day she woke up and realized . . . it was over."
"Jeanette Winterson was adopted by Pentecostal parents. This is a memoir of her life. She is also Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction. And, "The Role of Books and Faith in her Life" is a witty and profound speech: http://www.pen.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/4244/prmID/1064"
"The beauty of the language haunts not only because of what it suggests but also because of what it leaves to the imagination. The oldest child of an aloof Lutheran minister and a clinically depressed mother, she grew up in a household steeped in the word of God."
"A world-renowned preacher and published author, she stunned admirers by resigning from her church to teach religion: ‘I learned to prize holy ignorance more highly than religious certainty. .. I empty the bag of my old convictions on the kitchen table to decide what I will keep.’ What she kept will not satisfy the orthodox as it has more to do with faith (as a verb) than with beliefs."
"While Principal of the Knox Theological College (Presbyterian) in New Zealand, the author was charged with heresy for writing a paper that reinterpreted the story of Jesus' resurrection in a symbolic fashion. In this work the author discusses the development of his theological ideas."
"A series of interviews, rearranged into essay form, with people who have suffered doubt in their spiritual life. Some are still doubters, including someone who has completely rejected belief in God and a priest who doesn't enter the church anymore. Others have weathered their doubt and come out stronger believers, while some are caught in the midst of trying to figure out where they stand."
"Some of the book's contributors used to be religious believers. Contributors include public intellectuals, novelists & heavyweight philosophers of religion. Contributions range from rigorous philosophical arguments to highly personal, even whimsical, accounts of how each of these notable thinkers came to reject religion in their lives."
"Written by an Evangelical Christian who discusses why some leave the faith in which they had been raised. Includes the story of the author's close Christian friend whose enthusiams poured over for Jesus & fearlessly evangelized a roomful of atheists, yet left the faith few years later."