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Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion | [Dale McGowan]

Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion

Its hard enough to live a secular life in a religious world. And bringing up children without religious influence can be even more daunting. Despite the difficulties, a large and growing number of parents are choosing to raise their kids without religion.In Parenting Beyond Belief, Dale McGowan celebrates the freedom that comes with raising kids without formal indoctrination and advises parents on the most effective way to raise freethinking children.
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Publisher's Summary

Contributors include Richard Dawkins, Penn Jillette, Julia Sweeney, and Dr. Donald B. Ardell

Its hard enough to live a secular life in a religious world. And bringing up children without religious influence can be even more daunting. Despite the difficulties, a large and growing number of parents are choosing to raise their kids without religion.

In Parenting Beyond Belief, Dale McGowan celebrates the freedom that comes with raising kids without formal indoctrination and advises parents on the most effective way to raise freethinking children. With advice from educators, doctors, psychologists, and philosophers as well as wisdom from everyday parents, the book offers tips and insights on a variety of topics, from "mixed marriages" to coping with death and loss, and from morality and ethics to dealing with holidays. Sensitive and timely, Parenting Beyond Belief features reflections from such freethinkers as Mark Twain, Richard Dawkins, Bertrand Russell, and wellness guru Dr. Don Ardell that will empower every parent to raise both caring and independent children without constraints.

©2007 Dale McGowan; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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"Parents on both sides of the culture war will find this book a compelling read." (Newsweek)

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    Melissa Ames, IA USA 02-04-10
    Melissa Ames, IA USA 02-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "I'm so glad I found this book"

    This book gives many ideas from different parents on how to raise your child without religion and how to address the sticky points you are sure to encounter. You will agree with some authors and not with others, but you will certainly find plenty to help you with this daunting adventure.

    The narrator was ok, but a bit on the slow side. Also, I wish the narrator or producer had left more space between essays and chapters. A couple seconds of silence here and there would have made it much easier to follow.

    As soon as I finished this audiobook, I purchased McGowan's follow up hardcopy book: Raising Freethinkers: a Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Big John Montana 07-28-13
    Big John Montana 07-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Whiney Atheist confirmation self pity garbage."

    Let me say I am atheist, but I dislike the "I'm injured by people who tell me god bless you, or say I'll pray for you" crap.

    This book isn't all that much about parenting, it's about feeling better AS an atheist parent, there's not much for advice in here, it's a lot of "look how discriminated against we are" and there's a lot more atheists out there then you would think.

    I wanted a parenting advice book, that didn't reference God as a solution to problems your child may be having, this was not it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda United States 12-18-13
    Amanda United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A bunch of stories, no clear cut advice."
    Would you try another book from Dale McGowan and/or Milton Bagby?

    Maybe


    What was most disappointing about Dale McGowan’s story?

    There wasn't a story it was a book with other peoples stories.


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

    I don't now.


    What character would you cut from Parenting Beyond Belief?

    There isn't a character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Stewart SAVOY, IL, US 12-17-13
    Jessica Stewart SAVOY, IL, US 12-17-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Starts good, ends a bit off course"
    What made the experience of listening to Parenting Beyond Belief the most enjoyable?

    It gave some really practical, hands on examples on ways to raise a child in a secular household.


    Have you listened to any of Milton Bagby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    That it is likely a child will receive harsh or negative criticism from other children about the fact that they don't go to church or believe in God.


    Any additional comments?

    The last couple chapters seemed to stray from the practical how to's and spoke about secular topics in general, and at length (evolution/Darwin for example). I did like the different viewpoints and methods it discussed though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Corinth, NY, United States 04-15-13
    Julia Corinth, NY, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Good reading for religious vegans."
    What made the experience of listening to Parenting Beyond Belief the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the varieties of experience, many points of view within the nonbelieving community.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a book putting forward the virtues of the Freethinking experience, this is more of the reverse -- some of the strongest negative language is reserved for descriptions of groups of freethinkers. Interesting . . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miller 09-13-11
    Miller 09-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Preachy, if you can believe it."

    Didactic, for a purportedly free-thinking book. There were a few good essays, but most were real snoozers.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Disney Fan 12-03-11
    Disney Fan 12-03-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Should be called Parenting against belief."
    What would have made Parenting Beyond Belief better?

    The author is self important and stereotypically Atheist. The book takes, from the outset, a negative position against religion. I was looking for a more open minded text.


    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
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