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By sharing her pragmatic Humanist approach to living life fully and intentionally, Jennifer has transformed the lives of those who have been touched by her work. By encouraging people be the best, most ethical humans they can be, she consistently challenges people to think about and question who they are, what they are and more importantly, how they want to be. She is one of the few individuals in America who was raised as a Humanist and she brings her delightful sense of humor, creativity, compassion combined with a no-nonsense approach to all of her work.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463780656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463780654
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's short of amazing how much insight can be placed in so small a book. Jen Hancock's Handbook is well organized and written in away to make the ideas of Humanism clear. I found myself drawn along and agreeing with Humanistic thought. I now place myself in a category that might be labelled as 'Spiritual Humanism.' Previously I considered myself a 'Universalist' but not really having a clear definition for that label. I highly recommend Jen's book to anyone who wishes to keep moving forward in or to kick-start their critical thinking and free-thought processes. I'm happy to have this gem of a book on my iPad as a quick reference resource.
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I've been asked by many to describe Humanism. I've tried to but have always felt that my explanations were inadequate. This book explains Humanism in very simple terms and in a book that is a quick read for anyone that wants to get a nutshell of an understanding. I highly recommend this book.
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Ms. Hancock provides a good overview of the secular humanist philosophy and the role of reason. While I did not care for Ms. Hancock's casual writing style, I was satisfied with Ms. Hancock’s treatment of the issues around the ethical consequences of human actions and decisions. The book reveals the contribution of prominent secular humanist to society. It is a good read for individuals that are open to learn about an oft maligned philosophy.
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If you think you might be a humanist, or you want to know what humanism is, read this short but very clear writing by Ms Hancock. It gives you an uncomplicated explantion of Humanism, and being a humanist.
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I probably could have read this book more quickly, but had to frequently pause to yell 'Yes!' at it. Memories of my reactions to past situations aligning to her description of the humanist 'life stance' (great term), her mention of my personal heros as humanists, and the complete agreement for the mandate of education and critical thinking in one's life - all made me realize I'm a humanist. Can't believe it's taken this long to find a name for my philosophy of life.

Succinct, easily digestible, and quite thought provoking. I definitely recommend this quick primer to anyone who knows they are compassionate and moral, but who hasn't found a place in religion.
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Decades ago, when I discovered and read The Humanist Manifesto, I knew I'd finally found the ethical and philosophical home I'd been searching for. Reading this handbook is icing on that cake ... Hancock's good humor and intelligence shines all through it. A great, thoughtful read, chock full of interesting history and tidbits.
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This is a short book that is big on ideas. For those of a Humanist bent this is a great checklist and reminder of the various responsibilities we carry to ensure moral action. (Actions are more important than ideas.) For those who don't know or understand Humanism, this is a fast, non threatening way to see the whole picture.

I think this is the book I will give to family or friends who are curious about my beliefs and philosophy. Of the dozens of excellent books on the topic, this seems the least painful way to give them the key points. They can always read further if they become interested.
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I loved this little book! It gives a very brief introduction to a much-maligned philosophical system known as humanism. Whether you are a secular humanist or a person who clings to any religious system, I think this book will provide a very brief and simplistic introduction to the phenomenon of the humanism trend worldwide.

I would recommend this book to any thinking adult, willing and able to understand an ethical system based upon compassion, and not the ancient writings of some religious text or other.
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