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One World, Many Beliefs: A Family Book for Nonbelievers & Their Children Paperback – 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615641482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615641485
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a great start for us to begin to educate and explain to our child about Muslim, Buddhist, and Christian beliefs, while also explaining what we as non-believers do and do not believe in. The book has a positive tone and is respectful of the three religions presented, while also explaining the many aspects of atheism well. One of the important lines of the book at the end states "Everyone should try to keep an open mind and learn as much as possible and decide for themselves what they think is true." I hope more books like this come along!
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I bought this book to help explain to my child who is 4, about death and explain all different religions. However, as much as I appreciate the facts and illustrations in this short book, I'm bothered by the fact that they chose to equate death as being similar to a very long sleep. I'm glad I read this before showing her the book. I don't think this was a smart move for a children's book. I'm going on the assumption that the author doesn't have any children. The last thing you want to invoke is fear upon going to sleep - that they could die. I know death shouldn't be feared but for most of us, it is. For a kid to possibly be afraid upon going to sleep, seems like a bad risk to take. I may darken or remove that section. I happen to like the rest of this book
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After my daughter had some problems in school with students attacking her for not being a believer I discovered while I had taught her many things about my beliefs (and lack thereof) I had not given her much information about the worlds religions. This book gives a very good summary of the worlds religions and what the believe without putting a bias on said beliefs.
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I've been looking for a book just like this to read to my kids. I loved it!!! It's exactly what I wanted to say to them and goes with how I am raising them. Us parents raising their kids as freethinkers, definitely need more books like this:) Thank you so much!!!!
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I bought this to begin to introduce the concept of religion to my 8 year old special needs child. I liked how simple it was while still providing a pretty good and neutral overview of the 3 major religions in the US while explaining how we are nonbelievers and why. The illustrations are colorful and engaging. I would have preferred, however that it did not liken death to sleep. It is a good book for beginning to open up a discussion about religion with a child, and I would definitely recommend it for that.
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This book has been a perfect read for my preschooler and kindergartner. We gave it to a family for their first grader and they report loving it for the same reasons we do:
1. It introduces belief systems through what the parents believe rather than entire groups.
2. The language is simple and allows our children to engage in a conversation about beliefs and thinking.
3. The overall themes is are tenants of humanism: we can all accept all people, children can think about beliefs for themselves
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I like the idea that this book begins to address the idea with children that people can believe different things. The book is very short, like the type you read to toddlers. The book seems like it would be most appropriate for very young children (preschoolers) to start to talk to them about different religions. I understand that this book is specifically marketed to a target demographic of Atheists, however I feel that it almost would have done better if they just added Atheism as another belief system among others. The point that I am trying to make is that the book is very specifically for "Nonbelievers and Their Children" as opposed to a book that ANY parent can use to provide a brief introduction to their young children on the subject of religion and beliefs. I also take umbrage with the wording that the Atheist family is kind and loving because it is the right thing to do, "not because of the promise of an afterlife", as if believers of other ideas are only kind and loving for self serving reasons. I applaud the "big picture" concept of the book and hope that it paves the way for more young children's books to present other cultures and lifestyles in respectful and factual ways.
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This book is a very good starting point for non-believing parents to introduce belief and non-belief to their children. After reading this book hopefully parents and their children will continue the discussion and study of the worlds beliefs and non-beliefs. I would love to see schools have this book in their libraries as well because they do have other religious books/stories for children of Christian families, Jewish, Muslim, etc... but I have not found a book for children who's families are non-believers. This book would be a good start.
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