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Ex-Christians, Former Christians, Leaving the Fold, Apostate Stories

Edward T. Babinski "Edward T. Babinski"
The list author says: "Testimonies by people who either question Christianity, or have left the fold entirely."
Leaving The Fold: Testimonies Of Former Fundamentalists
Leaving The Fold: Testimonies Of Former Fundamentalists
"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)."
Evangelical Disenchantment: Nine Portraits of Faith and Doubt
Evangelical Disenchantment: Nine Portraits of Faith and Doubt
"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."
When Faith Meets Reason: Religion Scholars Reflect on Their Spiritual Journeys
When Faith Meets Reason: Religion Scholars Reflect on Their Spiritual Journeys
"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."
Leaving Fundamentalism: Personal Stories (Life Writing)
Leaving Fundamentalism: Personal Stories (Life Writing)
"Fifteen first-person testimonies by ex-fundmanetalist Christians. Includes the testimony of Dr. James Fieser, editor of The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a peer-reviewed academic resource."
Farewell to God: My Reasons for Rejecting the Christian Faith
Farewell to God: My Reasons for Rejecting the Christian Faith
"Rev. Billy Graham's lifelong best friend and fellow mega-evangelist, who also was the only evangelist ever chosen to represent the entire U.S. Council of Churches, explains why he left the fold."
Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity (Revised & Expanded)
Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity (Revised & Expanded)
"A former minister (and student of the well known apologist for Christianity, William Lane Craig) writes about his journey toward atheism."
Letting Go of God
Letting Go of God
"A captivating one-woman show by at Saturday Night Live alum who dramatizes and quips about how and why she journeyed from theism to atheism."
Leaving the Fold
Leaving the Fold
"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/"
Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light
Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light
"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/"
Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion
Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion
"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."
Amazing Conversions: Why Some Turn to Faith & Others Abandon Religion
Amazing Conversions: Why Some Turn to Faith & Others Abandon Religion
"Interviews with converts and apostates."
God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer
God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer
"Biblical scholar, Dr. Bart Ehrman, includes his personal testimony in the opening chapter as to how and why he left Evangelical Christianity."
Walking Away from Faith: Unraveling the Mystery of Belief & Unbelief
Walking Away from Faith: Unraveling the Mystery of Belief & Unbelief
"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."
Patience with God: Faith for People Who Don’t Like Religion (or Atheism)
Patience with God: Faith for People Who Don’t Like Religion (or Atheism)
"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)."
Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America-and Found Unexpected Peace
Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America-and Found Unexpected Peace
"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."
Don't Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
Don't Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
"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.""
Jesus Land: A Memoir
Jesus Land: A Memoir
"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/"
Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions
Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions
Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists
Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists
After Christianity
After Christianity
"Female Anglican theologian explains how and why she left Christianity."
Breaking Up with God: A Love Story
Breaking Up with God: A Love Story
"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."
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
"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"
Easter Everywhere: A Memoir
Easter Everywhere: A Memoir
"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."
Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith
Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith
"A world-renowned preacher and published author, she stunned admirers by resigning from her church to teach religion: ¬ĎI 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.¬í What she kept will not satisfy the orthodox as it has more to do with faith (as a verb) than with beliefs."
Sentenced for Life: A Story of an Entry and an Exit into the World of Fundamentalist Christianity and Jews for Jesus
Sentenced for Life: A Story of an Entry and an Exit into the World of Fundamentalist Christianity and Jews for Jesus
"Another ex-Jew for Jesus memoir."
Hawking God: A Young Jewish Woman's Ordeal in Jews for Jesus
Hawking God: A Young Jewish Woman's Ordeal in Jews for Jesus
"Poster child for Jews for Jesus leaves the fold."
Wrestling with God: The Story of My Life
Wrestling with God: The Story of My Life
"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."
Fleeing Fundamentalism: A Minister's Wife Examines Faith
Fleeing Fundamentalism: A Minister's Wife Examines Faith
Reasons to Believe: One Man's Journey Among the Evangelicals and the Faith He Left Behind
Reasons to Believe: One Man's Journey Among the Evangelicals and the Faith He Left Behind
A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe: Travel Tips for the Spiritually Perplexed
A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe: Travel Tips for the Spiritually Perplexed
"The author served as a Presbyterian minister for 15 years. Currently he is executive director of an institute for the exploration of human consciousness."
Higher Ground: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost
Higher Ground: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost
"A riveting memoir of one woman's immersion into fundamentalist faith, and her decision twenty years later to leave it all behind. Now a movie! Though the book is better."
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine (Plus)
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine (Plus)
"Famed novelist, Sue Monk Kidd, explains how and why she left Christianity."
Stories of a Recovering Fundamentalist: Understanding and Responding to Christian Absolutism
Stories of a Recovering Fundamentalist: Understanding and Responding to Christian Absolutism
"The author was a 1970s 'Jesus Freak,' who later became a college professor and a far more moderate/liberal Christian."
In a Dark Wood: Journeys of Faith and Doubt
In a Dark Wood: Journeys of Faith and Doubt
"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."
50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists
50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists
"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."
Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life
Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life
"A few of the book's contributors used to be religious believers and mention how and why they left the folds of Christianity and Judaism (respectively)."
Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy
Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy
"Written by an Evangleical (but non-fundamentalist) Christian whose blog 'The Jesus Creed' is very popular on Belief Net. McKnight has also been published in Christianity Today magazine."
Mid-Course Correction: Re-Ordering Your Private World for the Second Half of Life
Mid-Course Correction: Re-Ordering Your Private World for the Second Half of Life
"Evangelical Christian author spends a few pages discussing cases in which dedicated Christians have left the fold."
Why Christian Kids Leave the Faith
Why Christian Kids Leave the Faith
"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."