Not really about atheism. It's more about personal anecdotes and some times he says that he doesn't believe in god. The anecdotes are actually fun to hear but I personally expected something different, it was entertaining to hear though. Not great but not bad at all either.
If you love raw humor, weird and awesome stories, and are honest - you'll love this book. Penn is funny, sincere, and details a lot of the mental processes that are often overlooked in storytelling.
'Leaving New Orleans also frightened me considerably. Outside of the city limits the heart of darkness, the true wasteland begins.'
In this book he uses the various seasonal holidays to tell tales about his life and connect them to whichever holiday he now does not celebrate. There's Christmas, of course, but also Columbus Day, and Martin Luther King's birthday. I have to admit, traveling through Penn's profane views, he still makes a great case for atheism, but he does it with humor and insight. It's a fun book and well worth reading, even if you are not an atheist!
I thought I would get more logical conversation about the flaws with theism, Christianity specifically. Penn always talks about his knowledge of the bible, I wish he would have put more about rising his kids from the perspective of an non-believer. But he doesn't really talk much about being an atheist and why he chose this path in a sea of theists.
Penn has had an amazing life, well earned by the sweat of his brow.
No, this wasn't really book with a point, more like a fire side chat with Penn about some cool points in his life.
Not a bad listen I just had different expectations.
I love just a few things... Family, Drumming, Baseball, and Intellect.
The Honesty and the fact that Penn does the reading. He is great to listen too with his rough carny voice and passion for what he believes in.
With Atheist in the title I expected Penn to go on one of his tirades with regards to the illogic of religion, which he does, but not as overtly as expected. He basically tells stories... and relates them to reality and religion. And ne'er the twain shall meet. He is abrasive and vulgar (which is OK with me).
He passion for the stories he is telling in the book.
Yes because Penn is just an amazing and fun story teller. He has fun with the reading.
Just everything in general. His stories are great! Some time it might be a little to much info for some people but if you know Penn it makes since.
This is the first I have listened to. I read God No and I loved it. May have to listen to it.
Every Day is an Atheist Holiday: More bullshit from half of the Duo that brought you bullshit. (even though I truly beleive all the stories)
I probably will at some point. For two reasons 1. Penn has a way with explaining things that makes you ponder his points and I want to go back and revisit that after taking time to ponder. 2. Its a great funny moving book.
This is really the first book like this I have experienced.
Penn does a pretty good Ron Jeremy.
I did laugh and was close to tearing up at a few of the stories.
Penn Jillette is an extremely intelligent person, even though he likes to claim otherwise, He is witty, crude and funny in ways you would not imagine. If you have experienced any other material by him you know this, but if you do not know him then you need to expect that this is going to be a very uncensored book with things in it that may offend you so go listen to one of his pod casts from his sunday school radio show before you decide you should buy this.
Penn Jillette's other book is better. Hands down. But in God No, he was writing with a more distinct purpose in mind weaving every rambling story back around to his overall argument. And he's great at that. There's no doubting that EDiaAH is a lighter Penn than what he ran with in God No. He's more vulnerable and personal and actually listening to his raspy damaged voice talk about his children and his parents never being in the same room. This is why audio books work. In print, these chapters would fall and possibly not be as vital. But as Penn reads, it hits him. There's a treble in his voice. A slight rumble and he slurs his words slightly(you salivate more when emotionally effected so hey here's some science). These moments are why I listen to audiobooks.
I loved the way he mixed his wonderfully unique world view with these great personal stories from his long career.
His deep respect for Teller & unending love of his family.