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Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-Believer

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This essential guide to coming-out as a non-believer has been written to make it easier for atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, and non-believers of all ages and backgrounds to be open about their non-religiosity while minimizing the negative interactions in familial, social, and professional circles. As a survival guide for non-believers who wish to come out, this book pro ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by Dangerous Little Books
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Jim Whitefield
The rationale (and necessity) for the publication of this book is more than adequately encapsulated in a comment by the author himself on the first page of the preface:

"...all people are born not believing in a god or gods, and only come to believe in such entities once they have been taught the idea by others - so, atheism is the "default" position." This summary position by the author is taken from an Ernestine Rose quote he provides on page 5: "It is an interesting and demonstrable fact, that
Beau Scott
I've been openly "out" for a few years, so I read this book more to learn David's advice and determine whether this book would be beneficial to my "closeted" atheist acquaintances and friends.

David does a great job providing objective advice and discussion strategy for "coming out." I will (and have already) gladly recommend this book.
This is a great book for someone who's struggling with how to come out as an theist as well as for a believer who may want to understand what an atheist may be going through & how they are feeling when they are realizing or have realized that they no longer have faith. It's definitely a book I wish I had a few years ago through my own personal search. Few believers realize that it's not an easy thing to let go of if it's something you've known the majority of your life but it can't be helped ...more
Timothy Lankford
While I would highly recommend this book to younger atheists and freethinkers struggling with how to talk about their feelings, the text itself is overly repetitive and ill-put together. Anyone having lived with their thoughts and explorations of un-belief for very long will probably agree that much cleaner texts exist as encouragement to other atheists and freethinkers. The author's inclusion of other atheists' personal stories in their own words was a very redemptive element of the text. Also, ...more
McAfee wrote an accessible, quick primer composed of stand alone essays that cover the basic points of telling your family and friends you don't believe in god. It's hard to grow up in the Western world of science, technology, and comparative opulence and not question ancient beliefs. We live in a far-far different world than that of the Desert Sea nomadic desert peoples of four or five thousand years ago. But most of us do not go "all the way" and reject the notion of god. Why is this? McAffee ...more
Graham Knight
Great advice and encouragement for those moving to non-belief, offering advice on how to come out to friends and family, dealing with negative reactions and where to find support. Calm and supportive writing from this young religious studies graduate.
Got this for free during a promotion. My thanks to the author!
Stephanie Weeks
Really great resources & I love his reasons for coming out & how to answer questions many people may ask you as leaving your religion. Definitely keeping this one!
Charles Baker
Short, simple but well written book. A good introduction to secularism and atheism for nonbelievers & believers alike.
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