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By sharing her pragmatic Humanist approach to living life fully and intentionally, Jennifer has transformed the lives of those who have been touched by her work. By encouraging people be the best, most ethical humans they can be, she consistently challenges people to think about and question who they are, what they are and more importantly, how they want to be. She is one of the few individuals in America who was raised as a Humanist and she brings her delightful sense of humor, creativity, compassion combined with a no-nonsense approach to all of her work.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463780656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463780654
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jennifer is the author of several books about Humanism and founder of Humanist Learning Systems. By sharing her pragmatic Humanist approach to living life fully and intentionally, Jennifer has transformed the lives of those who have been touched by her work. By encouraging people be the best, most ethical humans they can be, she consistently challenges people to think about and question who they are, what they are and more importantly, how they want to be.

She is one of the few individuals in America who was raised as a Humanist and she brings her delightful sense of humor, creativity, and compassion combined with a no-nonsense approach to all of her work and her coaching. She will help you focus on what really matters in your life and will teach you the practical skills you need to live your life the way you know you should be: ethically, compassionately and responsibly.

To learn more about her visit her website at http://www.jen-hancock.com

Or visit https://humanistlearning.com

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Monica on November 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
Decades ago, when I discovered and read The Humanist Manifesto, I knew I'd finally found the ethical and philosophical home I'd been searching for. Reading this handbook is icing on that cake ... Hancock's good humor and intelligence shines all through it. A great, thoughtful read, chock full of interesting history and tidbits.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Schulz on May 26, 2013
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I probably could have read this book more quickly, but had to frequently pause to yell 'Yes!' at it. Memories of my reactions to past situations aligning to her description of the humanist 'life stance' (great term), her mention of my personal heros as humanists, and the complete agreement for the mandate of education and critical thinking in one's life - all made me realize I'm a humanist. Can't believe it's taken this long to find a name for my philosophy of life.

Succinct, easily digestible, and quite thought provoking. I definitely recommend this quick primer to anyone who knows they are compassionate and moral, but who hasn't found a place in religion.
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By Gina Remy on September 9, 2014
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Ms. Hancock provides a good overview of the secular humanist philosophy and the role of reason. While I did not care for Ms. Hancock's casual writing style, I was satisfied with Ms. Hancock’s treatment of the issues around the ethical consequences of human actions and decisions. The book reveals the contribution of prominent secular humanist to society. It is a good read for individuals that are open to learn about an oft maligned philosophy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 26, 2013
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Hancock gives an easily understandable explanation of humanism. It is amazing that ideas so simple seem to be so difficult for so many people to get. In asking people if they believe in the supernatural, most say no thinking of ghosts and witches. However, the belief in a god and angels and miracles p is a belief in the supernatural. One of the hardest ideas for humanists to explain is the idea of being good just because it is the right thing. There is no need for a feared punisher.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles Olsen on April 11, 2012
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Years ago, before Internet access was common, I developed the philosophy of Humanism for myself. At the time I didn't know that's what it was called, or that it had already been developed thousands of years ago by several cultures.

Jen Hancock's Handy Humanism Handbook is a fun introduction to the topic. It was interesting to learn that the path I had followed to Humanism is a common path that many other people have followed.

The book gives a brief but thorough overview of Humanism, including:

- what Humanism is

- what we Humanists care about

- why we believe our way of thinking about the world is better than the alternatives, and

- why, if you are a Humanist, you should admit it to yourself and others

That last item in particular can be a tough one. A lot of people I know see the world in black and white, and if you're not following their version of their god, then you are obviously an agent of Satan. It's usually easier -- and far less painful -- to just keep quiet and leave them to their happy assumptions.

But Humanists do not worship Satan, or any supernatural influence. Humanism is a compassion-based morality, so if an outcome helps humans it is considered good, and if it hurts humans it is considered bad.

Whether you are already a Humanist and looking for additional information, or just someone who is seeking a new way of viewing the world, you'll find this to be a useful and enjoyable book.
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It's short of amazing how much insight can be placed in so small a book. Jen Hancock's Handbook is well organized and written in away to make the ideas of Humanism clear. I found myself drawn along and agreeing with Humanistic thought. I now place myself in a category that might be labelled as 'Spiritual Humanism.' Previously I considered myself a 'Universalist' but not really having a clear definition for that label. I highly recommend Jen's book to anyone who wishes to keep moving forward in or to kick-start their critical thinking and free-thought processes. I'm happy to have this gem of a book on my iPad as a quick reference resource.
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By L. Chingon on January 21, 2014
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I've been thinking about humanism lately. And this book really helped me better understand it.
Humanism really makes sense to me and I'm glad there's more people like me.
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By Sandra Greene on July 17, 2014
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I've been asked by many to describe Humanism. I've tried to but have always felt that my explanations were inadequate. This book explains Humanism in very simple terms and in a book that is a quick read for anyone that wants to get a nutshell of an understanding. I highly recommend this book.
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