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Raising Freethinkers

By: Dale McGowan,Molleen Matsumura,Amanda Metskas,Jan Devor
Narrated by: Denice Stradling
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Publisher's summary

Praised by Newsweek as a "compelling read" and Library Journal as "accessible and down-to-earth", Dale McGowan’s Parenting Beyond Belief offered freethinking parents everywhere a compassionate introduction to raising caring, ethical children without religious guidance. Now, for the more than 40 million people in the United States who identify themselves as nonreligious, Raising Freethinkers offers solutions to the unique challenges secular parents face and provides specific answers to common questions, as well as over 100 activities for both parents and their children. This book covers every important topic nonreligious parents need to know to help their children with their own moral and intellectual development, including advice on religious-extended-family issues, death and life, secular celebrations, wondering and questioning, and more.

Complete with reviews of books, DVDs, curricula, educational toys, and online resources relevant to each chapter topic, Raising Freethinkers helps parents raise their children with confidence.

©2009 Dale McGowan (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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There has got to be a better way !

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, I would NOT read off 100 different web sites. I would have them all as links in a pdf that was issued as auxiliary material to the audiobook, and then just have them referenced in that pdf. Instead of: "Eych Tee Tee Pee colon foward slash, forward slash, stupid dot org, forward slash, annoying, forward slash, got underscore, to, underscore, be, underscore, a, underscore, better, underscore, way, underscore, dot Eych Tee, Em, El.",

Instead it would just be: "Web Link number 16 in your pdf" and the flow of the reading would not come to a screeching halt.

Any additional comments?

Good subject, and good recommendations. Buy it in another format. I bet the Kindle version has active links.

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print or e-book would be a better experience.

good content for humanist parenting, but there are many references to visual lists and hyperlinks that don't convey audibly very well.

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The better way to be a parent.

Parents of no religion, or of a liberal religion, will find fun activities, insightful parenting advice, and resources to be better parents.

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Wonderful listen for a former devout Mormon

The only downside is that I could swear this book is read by a robot—a robot with decent inflection—but a robot. If it’s not read by a robot then, oh my goodness, I’m sorry to whoever read this.

All in all, I was able to get over the robot sounding voice and enjoy the content, save for the occasional reminder that I was listening to a robot. Lol!

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Couldn’t get past the first 1/2 hour.

I don’t like overly religious parenting books. The first few minutes of this book taught me that I can’t stand overly secular parenting books either.

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Lots of Nice Tips

However it is very American and especially the chapter on sexuality will make some Europeans cringe.

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Racist undertone

In the first chapter there was a weird reference that was racist. Author either didn’t care or ignorant to the reference.

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we laughed, we cried, we...

Amazing book. Touches on so many important subjects. I want to read it..again. A "what to expect when your expecting" for freethinkers. Highly recommend.

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Great book, but a bit confusing in audio

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This audiobook stresses the importance of knowing the difference between religion knowledge and endoctrination. Atheists, agnostics, deists and even the less strict theists will find good advices on how to bring up a child without religion prejudices, that is, without seeing anything special about any religion, but at the same time respecting the believers as human beings. But as the author points out, respecting other people doesn't mean inconditional respect for their ideas, because ideas must earn one's respect.

It was a good listen, but I found it confusing sometimes. Since the book has many quotations and comments of other people's thoughts and works, it is difficult to follow who is being cited. The narrator's voice is great, but she might have explored more intonation changes to stress more clearly who is speaking at any given moment.

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A great place to start the journey of non-religious parenting

I found this book, very helpful in learning some of the topics that are necessary for our family as we begin the process of raising a child without religion, while at the same time, having the child be religiously literate.

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