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Atheist Tiki Hour: Your Guide to a Secular Blast Paperback – October 13, 2016
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"Absolutely unique, this book has humour, compassion, moving personal experience and heartfelt advice... Each chapter is named for a new drink which brings an element of humour to an otherwise difficult subject.Logospilgrim easily lures you in with a drink before she talks some sense. She's a unique writer and an asset to the atheist community."-Godless Mom, blogger
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"Atheist Tiki Hour" is a highly personal book. Logospilgrim reveals a lot about her life, without ever going into specific events or mentioning specific people. She does this in the form of a monologue. The reader is encouraged to think of him- or herself as being in a bar (of the Tiki kind, of course), having a conversation over drinks. As the monologue goes on, you learn more about the authors' past, her struggles in life and especially in faith. I don't think I am ruining the ending by saying that eventually, Logospilgrim rejects religious faith and embraces atheism.
I enjoyed the familiar way the reader is addressed which is very reminiscent of the atmosphere of an actual bar. There is little in the way of explanation of concepts, theory or complicated arguments. Her writing style seems careless, meandering, as an actual conversation over drinks generally is. Don't expect to learn much in the sense of difficult concepts or philosophy because this book doesn't offer that.
That's not to say that this book doesn't have any substance to it, far from it. It just gets delivered under the surface, casually it slips in under the radar. Without the reader noticing, you pick up the way religion ensnares people. You learn how religious faith speaks to those people who are already damaged. You also learn just how hard it can be to loosen the mind-forged manacle that religious faith is and of the liberation someone can experience when they discover it is all just falsehoods, lies and ancient fairy tales.
"Atheist Tiki Hour" is not a book for everyone. It will upset some or be too familiar or "light" for others. That being said, it also speaks loudly of the shortcomings of religious faith and proudly of those people who are courageous enough to embrace life as a mere human being and all the consequences of that. Life may not always be a Tiki bar but that is no reason to be gloomy! Cheers!
I want to preface by saying that I’ve been following Logospilgrim’s livejournal blog for ten years, since 2006. When I first found her, she was an Orthodox Christian and I was the quote unquote ‘anti-religious spiritual type’ at the time, a recent Sunday-school drop out. The religious thing would have normally turned me off, but there was something that made me stick around this particular blog. I felt like this person was a kindred spirit, and I was so moved by her honest, untainted desire to help those who felt outcast or unloved (also, derp, she was a Snape fan! Major points.)
Nowadays I’m a simple agnostic who believes in the existence of the supernatural in the same way a lot of people- myself included, again- believe in aliens: probable and highly interesting, but largely unknowable and therefore nothing to try and dictate a life around. There’s no pressure in belief for me, but there used to be. I can relate to feeling suffocated by the idea that the supernatural must somehow dictate values and way of life, even though I was never really religious. I think a lot of us who were raised with some religion or other can relate, even if we never really ‘drank the kool-aid’ or had any really traumatizing experiences. Logos’s journey from a scared child who I really wanted to hug to a no-nonsense, fun-loving person powerful in her identity is intense, and- I think- pretty rare. I know people who are super religious and those who are super secular, but never have I met someone who’s been so entrenched in both sides of the spectrum, and never have I got to actually see such a journey unfold in the way that I did over a decade of reading her blogs and now in this book and in Hula Girl. The comparison between God and an abusive partner was really fitting in this book and I thought the point the author makes about some people being more susceptible to this type of psychological abuse was really interesting, turning things on an angle I hadn’t really seen from before. The part near the end with the tornado warning and Logos and her kitty was beautiful- I was almost in tears (not alchohol-induced, I swear!)
This (and Hula Girl! I’d recommend reading that as well) is the narrator’s account of the twisty road that led to her personal liberation and I really want to recommend this to anyone and everyone even if I know it would outrage some xD. I want you to read it anyway. I want you to be outraged. Because I also agree that religion is outdated and can be hugely toxic –even when it’s well-meaning- and I think there are so many people this book would really help to see they’re not alone and *absolutely* not wrong for questioning and for throwing anything that doesn’t sit well with them in the garbage. I feel like a lot of religious or spiritual people I know consider atheism bleak, but this book exposes this for a myth. Turning into dust in a finite number of years? This is all the more reason to celebrate the uniqueness of you in your place and time! Only have one life to live? Even more reason to celebrate- someone bring out the ukuleles! I love that throughout, Logos’s intent to stand with the outcast and the rejected has remained intact. She is truly a champion of love for humanity.
Favorite things: I love the validation that came with realizing I’m not the only one who read the Bible and thought God sounded like a textbook psychopath. Some of the lines in here made me laugh out loud xD
Least favorite things: Anyone who believes in the existence of the supernatural is deluded? WELL I NEV- nah, never mind I’m definitely a few nuts short of a bushel, so. (I’m a fantasy writer, what do you expect??) For real, my only actual complaint is that there are no atheist tiki drink recipes included, as I think another reviewer said before me.
In short: I may be a little biased since I know the author, but this book has an important, daring message and I really think it deserves a lot of visibility! Five thumbs up.