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Leaving Your Religion: A Practical Guide To Becoming Non-Religious Paperback – October 22, 2013
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About the Author
Jim Mulholland was raised in the conservative Christian evangelical tradition of altar calls and revivals. Seminary trained, he pastored Methodist and Quaker congregations in the Indianapolis area for over twenty-five years. He wrote three best-selling books on practical theology - Praying Like Jesus, If God Is Love, and If Grace Is True - and has been a popular public speaker. In 2008, Jim resigned his pastorate and began walking away from religion. He presently works in neighborhood development in Southeast Indianapolis. He also hosts a website and blog at LeavingYourReligion.com.
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If you are in doubt about buying this book watch his speech about his experience leaving his religion, it is on youtube and well worth your time if you are nearing or in a faith transition. .
It's the most helpful book I've ever read in my life.
This book is for those who have already reached a decision or are close to making the decision to leave. The author helps the reader find out where they are intellectually and emotionally in the process of making their decision. Then, if and when they are ready to leave, just what that will mean for them in terms of loss and how to proceed with integrity.
The author offers suggestions of how to replace the important aspects of what your religion has meant to you and how to move forward with courage, strength and integrity. It's a book that encourages the reader to look deep within themselves to discover what is the best thing for them personally.
As the author notes, for those becoming “post-religious, there is very little being written by them or for them.” There are many books available to help manage doubts and stay within a religious tradition. There are also many tomes that aggressively rail against faith. In many ways, this book is in the middle. While it focuses on the reader ready to move away from religion, it is written in a kind, respectful tone and is tailored to help the reader manage through the emotional, difficult issues associated with walking away from something that has meant so much. The author—a former pastor—knows the myriad challenges associated with leaving a religious tradition. As someone who understands how momentous this transition can be, he is a terrific partner and teacher to have at your side.
While the decision to walk away is not easy, this book will help you with the transition. As someone who has left religion behind, I can assure you it is worth the hardship. I only wish this book had been written for me a few years ago!
This book is an important contribution and is highly recommended.