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Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason | [Seth Andrews]

Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason

Assertions like these seem comical until you realize that many Christian parents aren't kidding when they teach them to their children as facts. Every day, impressionable young minds are conditioned to blindly accept wild biblical tales of floating zoos, talking shrubbery, 900-year-old humans, the undead, curses, levitation, demon/human hybrids and men who obtain super-human strength from the length of their hair. Allegiance to these teachings is expected, often demanded.
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Publisher's Summary

And then Noah loaded the dinosaurs onto the ark.

Assertions like these seem comical until you realize that many Christian parents aren't kidding when they teach them to their children as facts. Every day, impressionable young minds are conditioned to blindly accept wild biblical tales of floating zoos, talking shrubbery, 900-year-old humans, the undead, curses, levitation, demon/human hybrids and men who obtain super-human strength from the length of their hair. Allegiance to these teachings is expected, often demanded. Curiosity is muted. Doubt is frowned upon as a sin. And for those who dare to raise a dissenting hand, the threat of Hell looms ominously. A former religious radio host raised in the cradle of Christianity, Seth Andrews battled his own doubts for many years. His attempts to reconcile faith and the facts led him to a conclusion previously unthinkable, and this once-true believer ultimately became the founder of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet.

©2013 Seth Andrews (P)2013 Seth Andrews

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    Craig Fine Lakeview, AR 01-29-13
    Craig Fine Lakeview, AR 01-29-13
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    "Great Job and Very Authentic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Deconverted to be better than the print version?

    I like this version better than the print version because you can relate better, it's more intimate and personal.


    What about Seth Andrews’s performance did you like?

    I liked how well thought out the story lines were kept. It was easy to visualise what Seth was saying and his delivery was very professional. Seth knows what his gifts are, and they are much like Jimmy Buffett's...he is a great story teller.


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

    'To Hell and Back!' 'Santa Claus for Adults'


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the good work Seth, you are encouraging others even though they are perhaps not in direct contact with you. Know you are changing lives and that this is the right path, don't stop. People like you and Matt Dillihunty need to keep going and push the envelope even further. I still think there needs to be a satellite radio station for Matt's show, perhaps you can help him and grow both of your online communities?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn NM, United States 01-27-13
    Glenn NM, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Could not stop listening!"

    Seth has a gift. He is a wonder narrator and brings an engaging, interesting, thought provoking audio book for the world to read. This book, although only four ish hours long, (I didn't want it to end).. is very informative and perfectly balanced, easy to listen too, and brings to light how The Thinking Atheist came to be. Religious people take heed: The internet is the new god. Your beliefs are eventually too fade, and science will, eventually, take over as the truth that it is. Seth Andrews is going to help change the world.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ross Chidlow, Australia 01-18-13
    Ross Chidlow, Australia 01-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A quick guide to reason."
    What did you love best about Deconverted?

    Do you believe? Did you believe? Do you have questions? This book is a firecracker in the middle of a sleeping flock, a shot in the arm of 'new' atheism. Accessible and comprehensive, entertaining and informative, fun and sincere, Seth's book yells 'Wake up and smell the cheese people'.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The litany of bible atrocities.


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

    A lot of laughs, facepalms, sighs and 'amen's!


    Any additional comments?

    Can you 'read' this, comprehend it, study its references and still believe?

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy Nashville, TN 01-13-14
    Tommy Nashville, TN 01-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Really helped me understand my recent awakening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend to anyone I felt is having similar new views of reality. I still have to be careful with how honest I can be on how I really see things.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seth's story telling ability is top notch. He walked you through his early years in a middle class family to his epiphany during 9/11 and ultimately to what he is today. I could relate to much of his story and it has helped me become more comfortable with my own recent road to non-belief.


    Which character – as performed by Seth Andrews – was your favorite?

    N/A


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I am really glad I found The Thinking Atheist and ultimately Seth's story in this book. I did not end up at non-belief by choice and sometimes wish I had taken the "Blue Pill", but now that I am awake it does not feel quite so lonely when I hear stories like Seth's.

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    Geoff Ravenna, MI, United States 12-14-13
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    "An Amazing Book And An Easy Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this audiobook to all friends. Seth Andrews has an amazing voice, and hearing him read through his own book truly adds to the experience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deconverted?

    Chapter 13 was one of my favorite chapters. Seth goes over how he breaks down Christians into a few different groups. And they all fit perfectly. The other one that sticks in my mind is Chapter 11, in which Seth goes over some of the contradictions in the Bible, and there are so many he never touched upon.


    What does Seth Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I read the book twice before listening to the audio, and naturally Seth's amazing voice changes it completely. He adds a much different tone to many areas of the book that anyone who is familiar with his videos will recognize immediately.


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

    The book's title would do it best. Deconverted: A journey from religion to reason.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book compared to many others simply because it is an easy read. I've tried reading Hitchens and Dawkins and they can get boring fast. Seth Andrews is different and in a good way.

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    Ricardo Mexico 11-06-13
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    "An amazing journey through Seth Andrew's life."
    If you could sum up Deconverted in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent
    Amusing
    Provocative


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deconverted?

    The tragic death of Rich Mullins and the impact it has in Seth, and his indignation when he read a headline: "Welcome home, Rich".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Seth discovering atheist authors like Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, etc.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The tragic death of Rich Mullins and the impact it has in Seth, and his indignation when he read a headline: "Welcome home, Rich".


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    Mark Salt Lake City, UT, United States 10-14-13
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book, it's touching, from the heart and I find myself relating to the story very strongly.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    the narrator complains about how some audiobooks are read so dry and unfeeling but he soo overcompensates that it's actually kind of distracting. I like it when he shouts on his radio show, not in his audiobook.


    Was Deconverted worth the listening time?

    yes, I recommend it to believes and non-believers alike.


    Any additional comments?

    if you liked the book, you'll like his podcast. And vice versa

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    Melanie United States 08-20-13
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I think a lot of people, myself included, can relate to the author.


    What about Seth Andrews’s performance did you like?

    I never lost interest in what he was saying.


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

    After about a decade of not being sure, this book helped me confirm that I am Atheist, and that's okay. When he talks about telling his parents, I almost cried. Seth Andrews honesty moved me.


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    Gordon Dawson Creek, BC, Canada 07-03-13
    Gordon Dawson Creek, BC, Canada 07-03-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Incredible Book - I rank it in the TOP 3 !"

    I loved this book and found it EXTREMELY interesting and motivational. The author narrates it himself which I like. The content blew me away as I have wondered about my own views for years. Again, this was an audio book that once I started, I simply could NOT stop listening to it. If you are a Christian, you may not like what you hear....but be open minded and listen....its very enlightening. Once again, a great BUY and worth the purchase many times over!

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    Benjamin Cheyenne, WY, USA 07-01-13
    Benjamin Cheyenne, WY, USA 07-01-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Confessions of a Christian Apostate!"

    Having never heard of Seth Andrews before, I was pulled in by his broadcast quality voice and his open, supportive approach to his subject. Too often atheists are abrasive and derisive about believers. Mr. Andrews is respectful, cordial, and has a wonderful voice. His history in radio production comes through in the quality of this work.

    Like Mr. Andrews I am not a scientist. This work was extremely accessible to me; it was easy to wrap my head around the logic he presents. While there are certainly arguments to support his thesis, this work is more of a memoir about Andrews' own journey from Christianity to Atheism.

    Along the way he also introduces and plugs his own on-line presence. Even this is done respectfully; he does not make the mistake of turning into an advertisement. He lets the reader know that becoming an Atheist is not easy, but there is a community of unbelievers who have been there as well.

    What impressed me most about this work is the lack of profanity, and the respect that Andrews gives to Christians; he does not vilify and belittle them. I found that very refreshing.

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