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I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist's Eyes Paperback – Bargain Price, April 17, 2007
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I have to say that as soon as I started reading the book I could not put it down. It is engagingly written and deeply insightful about the pros and cons of Christian churches. Even as a Christian pastor myself, there were so many times I found myself agreeing with Hemant's assessments of contemporary churches. At other times I was amused at his bewilderment at some of the stranger things that we Christians tend to do in church (like the lady in the more charismatic church who kept shouting out random phrases like "Thank you Jesus" right over his shoulder the whole time, or the unenthusiastic liturgical responses from the congregation at the Presbyterian church.)
The book is actually written in three parts. The first four chapters are an introduction to Hemant, his eBay Atheist story, why he is an atheist even though he grew up as a Jain, and a couple of chapters about what atheists are and are not really like (we religious people tend to have a lot of false stereotypes about atheists). The middle four chapters are his reviews of the 14 different churches he attended, and the last two chapters are his summary of what works, what doesn't, and what it would take to actually convert him.Read more ›
I believe Hemant Mehta's book is a must read for every pastor and every Christian that cares for unchurched people. It is an easy read that most will knock out in just a few sittings. His writing style made it seem like I was sitting across the table from him at lunch. He is an honest and brilliant young man who raises some legitimate and thoughtful questions about the Americanized Church. I thoroughly enjoyed his reviews of the churches he attended. Since I was raised in the church it's difficult for me to view our liturgy and traditions through fresh eyes. Hemant helped me do just that. His blatant, and at times humorous, critiques lend valuable insight that most church goers will appreciate.
Most churches espouse in their mission statements that they desire to reach the unchurched, but few, including my own church, take consistent and proactive measures to do so. We fall into the trap of thinking that if we have a hot band and a funny speaker, people will line up for life change. Those days are over.
I hope that "I Sold My Soul on eBay" will open dialogue between Christians and Atheist for years to come. I think we all could learn from one another's perspectives. I know Hemant has already taught me some priceless lessons.
This book is a good reminder that people, even those who disagree with our beliefs, are not the enemy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. The writing style flowed very nicely. It was a smooth interesting and informative read. Read morePublished 11 months ago by B. Hunt
I was deeply puzzled by the book. I found it as I was perusing atheist literature, my most recent, voracious interest. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joy Host
Thought the book would be more hard hitting for Atheism; and against Theism. There seems to be a "Milk Toast Approach" to religion and its failure to bring him into it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by peewee Lee
I read Metha's blog, the Friendly Atheist, daily. I recommend to anyone who hasn't read it, to google it. Read morePublished on May 30, 2014 by JeromeM
After reading about half the book, "I Sold My Soul on eBay" turns into more of a research paper. Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by Justin
Don't think of this as an "Atheist - Church Bashing" book - it's not. It's a survey of Chicago area churches through a "stranger's" eyes. Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by S. Garrett
What's so great about this book?
Glad you asked!!! Mr Mehta sells the rights to church attendance (his). Read more
After a while a person like myself who constantly reads intellectually sound atheists such as Graham Oppy, William Rowe, Michael Tooley, Albert Camus, Fredrick Neitzsche, Karl... Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Cornell