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Godless Grief: An Atheist Discussion of Death, Grief, and Family Loss (Godless Grief: The Introduction) by [Cathe Jones]
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About the Author

Cathe Jones has worked as a counselor for nearly thirty years. When not helping people get through loss, she also works as a comedian, and rat wrangler. The combined professions have much in common, serving to assist people in getting through fears, physical challenges and her use of laughter to help heal others is part of her charm. Jones knows loss first hand, due to a disability that has left her incapacitated she works to help others get through their own physical failings. She also speaks to groups about shared losses, such as layoffs and natural disaster. By speaking to other Atheists, Cathe Jones opens channels of communication regarding loss, myths, ritual, and methods of healing. She currently lives in the Southwestern United States with her husband and their pets, touring as public speaker and comedian. She is also moderator of the Las Vegas Quill Keepers writing group.

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  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publication Date: October 11, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SG8HSQ
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Read the review by jacquesmama. I completely agree. There were a few good quotes that I underlined on my kindle; however, I found the book to be highly disorganized. Several times the author repeated certain topics (maybe for filler?). In my current state of grief due to death in the family, I was hoping for more words of wisdom; an atheist perspective on coping with death, if you will. What I got was the basic science behind grief in general, some history on the topic, and different reasons for the grieving process, i.e. divorce, job loss, etc. I didn't find much to help me at this time. But for whatever reason you want to buy this book (maybe you are a grief counselor and want to brush up on the subject), it still isn't worth $20. I would have priced it at $7 and even that would have been pushing it. I do applaud the efforts made my the author to address the atheist community. I just wish there was a self-help type book for atheists who are grieving because of death.
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I was really excited to see that someone wrote a book covering this topic, not wanting to wait for a print version to arrive I bought this kindle edition for my "kindle for iPhone" app and I was instantly disappointed at the extremely poor text formatting and font choice. At times the font reverts to a monospace Courier, which is really unpleasant and diffuclt to read, the table of contents needs reformatting so it reads more clearly, and there are typos throughout. I may just be getting used to the Kindle for iPhone, but my mother has one too and I don't recally having these issues with her other books.

I have skimmed a few chapters and so far have felt such a sense of relief and belonging to have found a book that speaks about greif from the atheist perspective, I only wish that I had just ordered the paper edition instead.
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By Sunbird on September 13, 2010
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It is difficult to get past the extremely poor production quality and writing style of this book to address its actual intellectual content. It appears literally to be a double-spaced manuscript in courier typeface; in several places it transitions randomly from bold to italic to regular font for no apparent reason. There are typos galore, incoherent sentences, and whole paragraphs and pages unaccountably repeated. All throughout the book there are what purport to be quotations from persons going through the grieving process. Seldom if ever is there a citation or reference to tell the reader who it is that is supposedly being quoted. Very strange.

Amazingly, there is no copyright or publishing information indicated whatsoever, though on the Amazon website it says that this book has been published through its CreateSpace service. If this book is representative of what you get through CreateSpace, I am appalled. I suspect (maybe?) that the author merely submitted a very poorly written and sloppily edited manuscript and it was produced "as is."

As a lifelong atheist, and having recently lost our adult son, I was extremely interested in getting some perspective on the grieving process from a nonbeliever's point of view. Having made it about halfway through this muddled effort, I am sorry to say that I haven't gotten much useful out of it.
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By Cahumiko on October 30, 2011
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I was really excited when I found this book- it aims to tackle difficult questions that haven't been written about before. Turns out, the book is a rambling collection of thoughts and anecdotes with very little organization or depth but with many grammar mistakes and typos. The author frequently stated that "studies show" something without providing citation or supporting text, a very bad example for a community of truth-seekers reliant on evidence. This appears to be a self-published book by a compassionate, well-meaning author, and a few passages are warm with truth and realism, but grieving atheists still need a real book on this subject. Dawkins fans beware: don't expect much.
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