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Product Details

  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: UAF Publications (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615638252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615638256
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,603,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Al Stefanelli is a retired journalist. He is also a freelance writer and author. Al began his career in 1985 writing obituaries for the New York Times and submitting freelance articles to local newspapers and periodicals. In 1993 he joined a McClatchy newspaper as a weekly columnist, a position that lasted ten years and earned the newspaper a journalism award in the 1990s. Al also produced and hosted a weekly syndicated radio broadcast that ran for three years. Al was a Southern Baptist Minister, having served several churches and was on the pulpit supply list for three counties in North Carolina. He authored several bible study programs. In 2005, for reasons you will find within the pages of this book, Al walked away from religion and founded the United Atheist Front, Inc., which functioned as a civil rights organization and an advocate for the separation of church and state, as well as neutrality in government. Al is permanently disabled, suffering from several degenerative and incurable autoimmune diseases that began developing in the mid 1990s. His declining health resulted in need to close down the operations of the United Atheist Front in 2011. While the organization itself is defunct, its Facebook page remains one of the largest and most active groups for conversation, debate and discussion on various topics. Currently, Al spends most of his time with his family. He still dabbles in freelance writing for various publications and internet magazines, and turns out the occasional book. He publishes his personal blog on the Freethought Blog network, and also co-hosts the weekly Internet radio shows "ReapSowRadio" and "American Heathen Radio." Al lives in suburban Atlanta and is a member of the Fayette Freethought Society. He is a devoted husband, loving father and proud grandfather.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Pyatt on July 31, 2012
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Many thought provoking ideas spelled out with a passion that shows you he's been there. Along with a few eye opening facts I had been previously unaware made this a very enjoyable read. I closed the book with courage foremost on my mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DonniMack on March 26, 2014
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I recommend this to all believers in theism; if read with an open mind it will give them something to think about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Palser on March 25, 2014
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Stefanelli's experience is well reflected in these essays. This book will not be read by the people who need it most. They will use excuses like, "he's angry at god", or, "why are atheists so angry", or some other drivel. Believers cannot confront their lack of ability to delve into cognitive malfunction to sort the good stuff from the bad. Stefanelli would not only challenge them, but does it in a way that would anger and befuddle them.
What believers need more then anything is a wake up call, a voice in their night time slumber, a challenge to their world view that exposes what it is - hypocritical and just stupid. Stefanelli does this, and he's good at it. There are no imaginary friends in his writings, just hardcore living and congratulations on succeeding.

Doug from Birch Bay
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Desmond Gill on February 5, 2013
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This guy calls it as it is! He is passionate about the subject and has thought it (and lived it) through and through.

More typos than there could or should have been but that's of no importance in the overall scheme of things, especially given the importance of the subject matter.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronald J. Samul on September 6, 2012
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Stefanelli is an unapologetic voice of reason. His essays are passionate and move new and established atheists to embrace their feelings and how they see the world.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MarkoThomas on February 11, 2014
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I like the way the author presents the non-believers point of view. He has a unique way of expressing common sense and rationality.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GeooeG on October 4, 2013
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I am one of those people that Al dislikes ... I am a "non-theist" ... I don't proselytize my non-theism. I recognize that there are aspects of theism that are hampering our development as a species, but directly confronting the religious is like banging your head on a wall. Time will eventually relegate supernatural beliefs to the dust bin of history.

As to the essays in "Free Thoughts", the themes of the essays tell Al's angry story. There are some, like being followed around the supermarket by a fervent believer, that I got a chuckle out of. (I am not saying that the situation was not stressful, but it can be viewed in a humorous light.) The text lacks the polish of having an editor's review and the language is foul at times.

If you want to join the angry atheist movement, then these essays will provide some motivation.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By katkick on August 28, 2013
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Many of these thoughts are mine exactly, so enjoyed the book and will reread parts of it--Too bad the religious aren't free to have free thoughts without feeling guilty.
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