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Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why | [Greta Christina]

Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why

Coming out as an atheist is a powerful, liberating act. It makes life better for you, for other atheists, and for the world. But telling people you're an atheist can be risky. What are the best ways to do it? And how can we help each other take this step? In this compassionate, friendly, down-to-earth how-to guide, popular author of Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless and blogger Greta Christina, offers concrete strategies and guiding philosophies for coming out as an atheist.
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Coming out as an atheist is a powerful, liberating act. It makes life better for you, for other atheists, and for the world. But telling people you're an atheist can be risky. What are the best ways to do it? And how can we help each other take this step?

In this compassionate, friendly, down-to-earth how-to guide, popular author of Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless and blogger Greta Christina, offers concrete strategies and guiding philosophies for coming out as an atheist. Based on hundreds of coming-out stories, the book offers a map of the territory atheists are likely to encounter and ideas on how to pick the path that's best for you.

This accessible, empathetic guide reflects a wide range of coming-out experiences. It includes dedicated chapters on:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Spouses and Partners
  • Work
  • The Internet
  • Parents
  • Students
  • Conservative Communities
  • The Already Marginalized
  • And much more

For atheists who are already out, it gives practical ideas on how to help others join you in the sunlight. And for atheists who are on the fence, it offers guidance on making that decision - and gentle encouragement to take that step.

Inspiring and realistic, kind and powerful, Coming Out Atheist is the much-needed guidebook atheists have been waiting for.

©2014 Greta Christina (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    NateHevens Boca Raton, FL USA 06-19-14
    NateHevens Boca Raton, FL USA 06-19-14

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    If you could sum up Coming Out Atheist in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, Inspiring, Brilliant


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book really lays out a great case for why we should, if we feel safe, come out atheist. It's extremely well-written, extremely well laid-out, and a very good read. And then, of course, you have this audiobook, read incredibly well by Greta Christina. She's always been great at live speaking, and hearing her read is even more of a treat.


    Which character – as performed by Greta Christina – was your favorite?

    As this is non-fiction, this doesn't really apply.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    (Same as subtitle)


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this highly, even to believers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-07-14
    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."

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    When I asked Greta Christina to write and record for Audible “Why are You Atheists so Angry?” I had no idea the tremendous response it would get. It remains one of the best-selling books I’ve produced here at Audible.

    “Coming Out Atheist” is a worthy successor. Greta reaches out to those who need encouragement and tells the experiences of those who took the plunge to let their friends, family and colleagues know what they really believe and who they truly are.

    Greta is like a best friend offering, stories, advice, sympathy, and motivation to come out.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Zhuge 05-03-14
    Zhuge 05-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Addresses Major Issues Head On"
    If you could sum up Coming Out Atheist in three words, what would they be?

    On point.


    What other book might you compare Coming Out Atheist to and why?

    Greta's book "Why are You Atheists So Angry" is definitely the right companion to this book. This book is more for atheists, though the religious can gain a lot from it too. This other book is the reverse, theists can learn a lot from it, though highly recommended for atheists too. Greta is unwilling to let any tough issue go, be it sexism in atheism or the harm done even by the most benign liberal religions.


    Which character – as performed by Greta Christina – was your favorite?

    Greta performed herself admirably, of course! Her narration is excellent, and it feels like she's talking with you the entire time. She has an excellent voice, and listening to her is very enjoyable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Many of the stories Greta tells are very powerful, and often very funny. But the discussion of some of the real troubles in the atheist community can be hard.


    Any additional comments?

    Greta is on point. She addresses atheism not just for white guys like myself, but for all people, men and women, White, Hispanic, Black, Asian, cis, trans, gay, straight, etc. Highly recommended for all atheists to listen too, and religious people too, to understand the different perspectives we all have on atheism and being atheists.

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    SmartBean 05-10-14
    SmartBean 05-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Repetive, over-long, with few insights"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Should be shorter, less repetitive, more incisive. Need some real insights from the author instead of just a collection of anecdotes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Greta Christina again?

    Probably.


    What aspect of Greta Christina’s performance would you have changed?

    More serious and less folksy presentation. Eliminate tiresome tone of self-absorbed amusement. Don't use rising inflection for declarative sentences.


    Was Coming Out Atheist worth the listening time?

    No, I couldn't finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    A big disappointment compared to her last book.

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    Guy L. Odom 07-09-14
    Guy L. Odom 07-09-14
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Coming Out Atheist to be better than the print version?

    Brings closer the character of the author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Coming Out Atheist?

    Correlation between coming out atheist and LGBT


    What about Greta Christina’s performance did you like?

    Nice voice, very easy to listen to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions, but very deep thought.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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