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Atheist Voices of Minnesota: an Anthology of Personal Stories Paperback – August 28, 2012
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Atheist Voices of Minnesota is highly recommended reading for anyone seeking an alternative to the irrational and the superstitions, or who wants to simply know more about what it is like to be an atheist. --Midwest Book Review
From the moment I started reading, I was totally absorbed by the 36 individual narratives of the backgrounds and journeys of these people ... Many of the narratives will touch your soul. How about a story that contrasts giving birth first as a Jehovah s witness and later as an atheist? Or those recounting the details of the agonies one goes through coming out as an atheist. There is even one about spending years researching ghosts only to realize the futility of the quest. Another about growing up with Channelers! ... This is a book that you will not only enjoy, but want to give (or lend) to friends, family and acquaintances. Dont miss it. --Humanists of Minnesota News and Views
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I won't tell you how good this book is. That isn't because I don't think it's remarkably good. That's because I don't expect you to believe I'm anything but biased. Also because there are plenty of people who aren't in the book who are willing to gush over it. Listen to them. They're right.
What I will tell you instead is that this is an important book. This I say despite my bias for my own work. Truth be told, it would probably be a more important book if I weren't in it, or any of the "big" names in atheist writing. Why? Because much of the value of the book comes from hearing from people who aren't the "normal" faces and voices of atheism.
Who do you hear from instead? This book collects 36 essays from people whose commonalities are limited to atheism and having a connection to Minnesota. Many of the people in the book come from somewhere other than Minnesota, and they can compare how different parts of our world see atheism. Some of them have left Minnesota after growing up here, including Greta, who has posted her foreword for all to read.
Some of the contributors can make you feel the wind across their prairies. Others pull you into their cities or their traditional family life in the suburbs. One contributor came to atheism through skepticism, while another is far more atheist than skeptic. One is using his essay here to come out, while others never had religion. One even grew up surrounded by atheist activists when such activism was a much harder thing.
There are former Catholics and Protestants and Jehovah's Witnesses. One writer grew up in a New Age cult. Some feel freed by losing their religion, while others regret the lack of an emotional prop.Read more ›
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This is a short book with short essays from members of Minnesota atheists. Some essays are primarily biographical, describing how the author came to their lack of belief while... Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by GrowlyBear
Well written, with a variety of viewpoints. A worthy read for both religious as well as non-religious people. I'll probably read it a second timePublished on February 12, 2013 by RJ