The list author says: "This is a reading list that I am compiling for people that are either recovering from religion or are questioning the deceptions of the religion into which they were raised. These will give you a gentle tug back into reality and hopefully give you a clear picture of what you have been missing out on. Also, if you are religious, believe that your religion is founded on truth, and therefore cannot be threatened by fact and sometimes read books opposing what you believe then I also implore to to check out some of the items on this list. Assuming that I can edit this list after it's been published, more books are coming as I think of them. There are a few that the library holds that I can't remember the precise title of, but I can find out soon."
"Provides a an excellent readable explanation of what we really know about the universe told within the framework of the history of cosmology/astronomy. It tells what discoveries were made, how they were made, and who made them."
"This is a slightly more readable and slightly less technical counterpart to Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True (also recommended). You will find that evolution has nothing to do with what your preacher told you that it is, and is really as fundamental to science as electromagnetic theory."
"This is more then just a list of contradictions, it's a summary of the history of the new testament and how Christianity came to be what it is. Of Ehrman I've only read this and Misquoting Jesus, and found this book to be the more useful to me of the two."
"Think of this as the Vagina Monologues of Atheism. Julia Sweeny delivers an entertaining talk on being raised Catholic, the Mormons who caused her to question whether the story of her religion sounded as crazy as theirs, and her journeys through schools of thought of alternative spiritualities of Deepak Chopra and others before becoming a proper rationalist."
"This is a biography of a survivor of the Moonies (Unification Church) and contains stories that anybody who has wandered into a more cult-like atmosphere may be able to relate to. Actually, pretty much anybody who was every really serious about their religion, despite the pain it may have brought them, should benefit from this book."
"If you are trying to establish an understanding of philosophy and morality outside of religion, I strongly recommend Russell's camp over Nietzsche's. This book is rather thick, but provides an excellent outline of the history of philosophy to help you establish your own thoughts."