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No Kingdom Come [Kindle Edition]

C.J. Anderson
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn't there, and finding it." - Oscar Wilde.
No Kingdom Come is a former religious believer's painful and enlightening journey from delusion to the real world. Based entirely on true events.

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"Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in later years relieved of them." - Hypatia of Alexandria (350 AD- 415 AD)

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And in the end August 31, 2012
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This book could have saved a few years of agnosticism back in my early teen years.
Looking for movie references, bible quotes, a personal story of the journey from believer to non-believer that doesn't get bogged down in semantics that take years of study to understand? This is the book for you.
Its a quick read.

I don't know that it will convert anyone who is a true believer but for people on the fence it could come in handy and let them know they aren't alone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A personal journey to find a new truth. March 24, 2013
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I find others' life stories interesting and this was no exception. Believing in something with everything you have and never seeing all the promises come through is or can be eye-opening to others. The author tells his story of going from God, to almost suicide to questioning and reasoning from a new point of view and looking for that Kingdom that he realizes is never going to come. Enjoyed the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind March 11, 2013
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This book is truly in a class of its own. It's a very emotional rejection of God - almost at times seeming to yearn for that God to appear and answer for his or her crimes. The author was once a very devout, intellectual, and faithful Christian, but he renounces his faith in light of the serious difficulties and tragedies he faces in his life. This is not the cold rationality of many atheist manifestos, but instead is the protest atheism of a man whose heart has been completely broken. I wholeheartedly recommend this book, however I would hasten to add that it reads much more like a person's jumbled diary than as a book with a coherent plan. It's also a bit repetitive. I do think it's worth reading, just realize what you are getting into.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Gena
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No Kingdom Come is well worth a read. It's a quick read but it also makes you think. In my experience, the Atheists I know have a better grasp of the Bible and its passages and meaning than Christians do. No Kingdom Come is a perfect example. There are Bible verses, but they are used as examples and then expanded upon to give us the writer's view of his circumstances. He is on a journey away from Christianity after all. It's certainly not like having someone simply spout off verses at you without context because those are the ones they learned at church.

No Kingdom come is a courageous story of someone's actual life, not fiction. I give the writer a lot of credit for sharing his story, especially when admitting to be an Atheist in the US is not necessarily a good thing. As a fairly new Atheist, it was nice to see a few similarities of thought and know that I'm not alone.

I would recommend No Kingdom Come for Christians steadfast in their beliefs as well as anyone on the fence. If you are truly a believer and cannot be shaken, then this book may help you at least try and begin to understand those you may know who have lost their faith. Understanding can be more helpful than praying, begging or chastising.

Thank you for the Great book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, must give Five Stars November 26, 2012
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I couldn't put this down, it's a quick read and well worth it. This is a personal account of losing faith, told in an engaging, real-time style. My favorite chapter is "Torment". I wish I could zap this book into my evangelical sister's head the way it zapped into my Kindle app!

The author touched on so many things for me (hence the 5-star rating) - the red flags and the floods of cognitive dissonance I felt when I was lured into the extremist evangelical "on fire" churches at age 22 (I'm 54 now). That didn't last long, and I am ever grateful for my own skepticism. I did not *walk* away from the church, I RAN from that box of crazy. No regrets. at. all.

I've seen far too many people damaged by religion, far too much bad behavior by those claiming to be "on fire" for Jesus, harming others in the process.

Read this book, especially if you're having doubts about religion. Millions are waking up to the scam. This is a great telling of the experience of losing religion from a once true believer who invested years of his life trying to make it work.

Religion was born of humans' fear of the dark, fear of the harsh natural world which they couldn't explain. Study the history of religions, bible, the polytheistic roots of Judaism. Christianity stole many things from many earlier religions.

Gods are imaginary. Religions are made-up. Yes, it is that simple. You can be Good Without God.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Addicting November 28, 2012
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Once I read the first five chapters for free on Goodreads, I had to read the rest! It was so addicting, I just had to know what happened next. Every person who stopped worshiping a god, has a story....something that made them take that last and finally step into non-believing, and it's always a good story. Thanks for sharing yours with us. It was a very good read indeed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars reads like a first person account.. December 7, 2012
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It's hard to tell whether this was a true account based on someone's experience or not. But, the author has a pretty good grasp of the issues that a person in this situation has to deal with. For those struggling, it might help to read a kindred spirits thoughts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Understandable Crisis of Faith August 31, 2013
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"No Kingdom Come" is an unfortunate tale that doesn't end well, though depending on your bent, the theological outcome could be seen as for the best. Just judge it for what it is; it doesn't appear to be fiction.

Here's my take on it:

C.J. Anderson understands Christianity well and cites his points against Christianity with Biblical passages that add interest to the short confessional narrative. He explains along the way, the general Christian theology that informed his own errors of judgment, which ultimately led to tragic loss and the conclusion indicated by the title. Granted, here we only get one person's version of events, and ironically this is a cautionary tale against naivete and blind faith. However, after reading this drama of a true believer's needless suffering, it's easy to understand why atheists so often come off as angry and antagonistic--scratch the surface of any theist-turned-atheist and you'll likely find someone who feels they've played the fool too long. Anderson shows us, using his own life as a cautionary tale, how religion can merely become a pretentious refuge for tormentors that drives sane people away instead of providing the usual structured morality and comfort of salvation.

In short, if you're a sincere Christian, this book may be worth your buck. You may not agree with his conclusions but are you brave enough to face such a no-win scenario yourself? How strong is your faith? Anderson thought his was pretty strong and he will challenge you with his version of events.

For Christians, I give it four stars.

As for the atheist readers, you may find yourself saying "Amen, brother," but I'd say maybe three stars.

If you're not interested in the topic of religion, move along, this is not the book for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth my time or money
This book was not worth my time or money. The book is ALL about the author, who isn't particularly insightful or reflective. Yuck.
Published 28 days ago by Catherine A. Lugg
5.0 out of 5 stars Written from the heart.
A small book that packs a punch....straight from the heart, and nothing held back. This author is brutally truthful and you will feel his anguish..... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patricia E. Schick
1.0 out of 5 stars A Sad Story But Fails to Convince Skeptics
Of all the reviews that I have read that gave this book a 1 star review, most all were by believers who wanted to justify their belief and rail against a book that is poorly... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Clay Welsh
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
This book is an emotional denial of God and faith. The author has a poor life with a difficult childhood and marriage. Read more
Published 9 months ago by lvsue
5.0 out of 5 stars No Kingdom Come
A wonderfully written book about one man's challenges with faith and reason. A great read for anyone who is on the fence with their religious belief.
Published 11 months ago by Gabriel V. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars No Kingdom Come
Excellent book and if you have a kendall the price is great and download is instant. I'd recommend this to anyone that isn't sure. Don't let the title fool you.
Published 12 months ago by Thomas A. Nolan
2.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't finish it and rarely do I start a book without finishing...
This is like reading someones journal rather than a well thought out book. An example of someone becoming an atheist due to anger, frustration and disappointment rather than a... Read more
Published 14 months ago by AK_Biker
3.0 out of 5 stars Needed more material
While I applaud his effort to write this book the way he did, it had the potential for being a best seller had he done some outside research as well instead of just applying it to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by newmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
A fascinating tale of one man's journey from a troubled background, through finding faith and eventually finding the truth. Read more
Published 15 months ago by DS626
5.0 out of 5 stars One man's journey from abuse to religion and then to freedom
CJ Anderson grew up in an environment of abuse. Like many he discovered religion and thought he'd found the cure. Read more
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C.J. Anderson is an aspiring writer and lover of all things Sci-Fi. His favorite author is Cormac McCarthy. Many more books to come!


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