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Deconverted: a Journey from Religion to Reason

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  814 ratings  ·  81 reviews
In this 190-page autobiography, Seth Andrews (host of The Thinking Atheist) recounts his religious upbringing, his years in Christian schools, his decade as a Christian broadcaster, his ultimate apostasy, and how a 30-year believer could one day come to create one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet.

This book helps to give an inside-out look at the prot
Kindle Edition, 197 pages
Published December 7th 2012 by Outskirts Press, Inc. (first published December 4th 2012)
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Tanja Berg
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This could easily be my coming out of the closet, although I'm trying to keep this from showing up on my FB profile. My goodreads profile is public though. It's not that I am ashamed of being non-religious that I've stayed in the closet for so many years, it's because of all the pain this would cause my family. They'd think me bound for eternal flames after all. I'm not even sure I'd have a family, if they knew. I don't live in the same country as them, and haven't for many years. Makes it easie ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seth Andrews has written a refreshing and delightful account of his deconversion experience. I hear many deconversion stories, so I look for the angle that is new and actually tells me something different. This book does that. Seth is an excellent writer and communicates both the emotional and intellectual parts of his journey out of religion. I was most intrigued to get an insider's view of the Contemporary Christian Music world CCM. Having personally seen the sex (and drugs) in the gospel mus ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written personal story of moving from being a member in a culture where the answers to all the questions were given to you within the comfortable bubble of faith to the more uncertain bigger world where the answers are not so readily available and must be earned through critical thinking.

I cannot help but admire anyone who makes such a is incredibly difficult to proclaim yourself as separate in such a fundamental way as world view from all those around you and it is especially
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seth Andrews, although not an author by trade, has pieced together a surprisingly creative and well thought-out composition in ‘De-Converted’, which details his personal transition from a completely devout, bible-loving Christian to full-on non-believing atheist. I found the account of his personal journey out of theism and away from dogma, tremendously interesting as it provides amazing insight into the world of the devout Christian communities of the Deep South where extreme religiosity seems ...more
While well written and undoubtedly courageous, I thought this book left a lot to be desired. There's a couple instances in which Andrews talks of being a "professional communicator". He says how much he loves storytelling and that being a broadcaster afforded him ample opportunities to do so. That being said, I felt this story fell kind of flat. The info in this book doesn't seem to go beyond what a Bio Blurb might say on his website or any other 'About' tab. This is an Oklahoma-born guy who was ...more
I found Deconverted to be an enjoyable, relatable, and inspiring read. Seth Andrews tells his unique story - from growing up in a religious fundamentalist family in the US bible belt and working as a popular Christian radio host to becoming the host of the most downloaded atheist podcast, The Thinking Atheist.

Seth is a positive person with a great sense of humor and is an excellent communicator and story teller. In this short autobiographical book, he recounts the events which caused him to que
Jeff Wetherington
Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason is a well-written semi-autobiography by Seth Andrews told with passion and pathos of his life-changing move from theism to atheism.

While not the same in details, my own life mirrors in general the same steps that Seth passed through in shaking off the uselessness of faith and religion in order to embrace reasoning, science and reality. The slowly dawning acknowledgment that a so-called infallible book was instead full of inconsistencies and that the
Rebecca Dobrinski
Atheism is NOT About You

Really, it’s not. It is not an affront to your existence. It is about science. It is about questioning and searching for answers. It is about thinking for oneself.

For the God-themed issue of Zen Dixie, I read three books on atheism. No, these books did not provide me with any life-changing realizations – it was more like, as “they” say, “preaching to the choir.”

Yes, I am an atheist. No, I do not believe in anyone else’s God. And, like I said in the opening paragraph, my a
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoyed Seth's atheist show, so hearing that he was releasing a book I was interested. Though truthfully I had some doubts, "Seth, a radio guy, writing a book? It might be good, but can it be great?" And yes, it can be great, and it was.

Seth tells us his story of growing up a strong believer and how he started to question his religious beliefs. And at an age where the "every other sunday"-type church-people start really considering getting "closer with "the lord", Seth stepped away. Wit
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious-bios
I hope Seth writes another book just like this one, but detailing his life since the Thinking Atheist was born because I really got a kick out of seeing this larger than life radio persona try his hand at penning a memoir. This story had all the great things that I love about Seth's on air performances! I had read mixed reviews of this book, but I have nothing bad to say about it, other than I wish it had been longer! LOL If you're looking for a detailed manual on how to debate with the religiou ...more
Craig Evans
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosopy, sociology
I purchased this book directly from the author this past weekend at a conference he was speaking at, and found in our conversation that Seth is markedly friendly, open, and passionate about his endeavors and the atheist (recovering from religion) community that he is in.
Seth's book depicts his young life as a child, teen and young adult which in some ways parallels mine... although I wasn't immersed in the religious culture as deeply as he was, and it wasn't until my early 40's that I made that
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My background and Seth's are similar. While I was familiar with most of his deconversion story (via his podcast, site, and speeches), I still found Deconverted entertaining. I listened to it in audio format; Seth narrated it himself, which made the version all the better.

This is an excellent gift (or loaner) if you have family members who don't understand how you could have deviated from how you were raised. Seth's story is pretty common amongst American theist-turned-nonbelievers. His straightf
Jesse Richards
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was very good, but if anything the story was a little too by-the-book and a little boring. Nothing too exciting happens. The audiobook narration was excellent; I could see being less entertained if I had been reading instead of listening. The sections about the history of radio and his industry were interesting. The part I really wanted to hear more about was what triggered his conversion; why would he change his mind when none of his coworkers or family or friends were similarly affected? ...more
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very easy-to-read, clearly expressed story from someone whose story I feel I could have written myself. Atheists, or just people who believe in rational thought, are often seen as angry, hateful people. This is not that. I really love how he is able to tell his story, honestly and rationally, while respecting those who did not and do not share his beliefs. Will be recommending this to many as a way to explain to them my own 'journey'.

May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seth is the host of the Thinking Atheist podcast (though he's the first to say he's not "The" Thinking Atheist, that it's more of a symbol). He's mentioned in the past that his book would delve more into his days in Christian radio and such, and I wasn't disappointed. His writing style, much like his podcasting style, is conversational, easy to follow, and entertaining (while remaining informative).
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this little memoir is not great literature, it's an interesting life's journey for a good little Christian boy raised in a good Christian home in Oklahoma, smack in the middle of the bible belt. Seth Andrews is in his 40s and I predict the best is yet to come in Seth's career. Andrews is already a force in the community of rationalism, and with his friends Matt Dillahunty and Aaron Ra at work, Texas and Oklahoma may never be the same.
Jenny Hayworth
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an ex JW I loved reading this book as the reasoning often followed my own journey and I could self relate. I love the fact that the author is helping to free so many from indoctrinated fear based on doctrines that he calmly unravels based on common sense and reasoning. A wonderful tool for any who are looking for a calm voice of reason
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not often give books 5 stars but this book is exceptional. Seth shows great respect for all of the people in his life as he tells his story of the journey from religion to reason. As an atheist who is still finding her feet, I felt that this book had a part of me in it and Seth's extremely entertaining manner of speech is exceedingly easy to read. LOVE LOVE LOVE! ^_^
Tom Roche
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew much of Seth's story from listening to his podcast, but he goes into much greater detail here. The book is great for atheists looking to learn about the journey of others, as well as for believers who might not understand how one might go from belief to nonbelief. Seth tells his story with great wit, insight, without condescending to those whose beliefs he no longer shares.
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book by Seth and his journey from delusion to reason. He not only broke out of religion he became it's nemesis. He goes through his early childhood indoctrination and his Christian radio stent to his final journey as the founder of one of the most popular atheist sites called The Thinking Atheist. Overall great story.
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting book, and I have struggled with questions and doubts myself. But when it comes to the single biggest question in the book- why does God allow bad things to happen-the answer is simple. Free will.
The only way bad things wouldn't happen is if we were all puppets on God's string.
Amanda Markham
Enjoyed it, but would have liked more of Seth's personal story in it - e.g. How he is coping nowadays in his current relationship.
Gerhard Nell
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great read. Thought provoking and captivating from start to finish. :-)
Scott Holstad
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Fantastic book! Seth Andrews lived my own exact life growing up, and we were both traumatized by the same types of things (the movie, "Thief In The Night!"), and we were both fundies/evangelicals for much of our younger lives before we both started asking ourselves some questions, before asking others, and began reading and researching, and while Andrews reached his conclusions and belief system before I did, I admire his resolve and his courage for "coming out" as an atheist in a strong Bible B ...more
Felicia J.
If you listen to Seth Andrews' The Thinking Atheist podcast, you've already heard most of what's in this book. (But Seth has a voice like melted chocolate, so it's enjoyable to hear again.)

The best chapters give us an insider's view of the business of selling Christianity, through Seth's experiences as a Christian radio broadcaster.

Recommended for those just starting out on their atheist journey, as Seth is compassionate, wise and funny.
Julie Shepherd
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I haven’t been compelled to read a book from cover to cover in a long time until thus book. It definitely described my journey and frustration trying to find like minded people. Seth opened up a new world for me. Thanks
Michael Davis
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Seth is a top notch communicator and his story resonates with so many of us. The doubts, questions, decisions and aftermath that occur as we travel from faith to reason are documented here in Seth's typically ultra professional manner.
Tammy Stafford-Bellflower
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and definitely have the same sentiments. Also, my coming out experience as an atheist is similar in many ways to that of the author. And like the author, I continue to not be afraid to be and show my true self.
Karen Slocum
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my first pro-atheism book. I enjoyed it. so much of the "Christianity brainwashing" that he encountered were my a-ha moments.
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seth has a way with words. Mostly comedic and sound-bite, he likes a high polish that appeals to a broader audience rather than a deeper one. This is not a bad thing as it introduces hard topics on a level most people can 'handle', but this isn't a book intended for philosophical discussions.

Reading this book without bias is impossible, as I have been listening to little snippets of this book in one form or another for two years now, since I started listening to the thinkingatheist podcast.
An ex
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Seth Andrews is an American author and speaker on the subject of atheism.

He is the creator and host of The Thinking Atheist, and the author of the self-published books Deconverted and Sacred Cows. Prior to his atheist activism, he was a fundamentalist Christian and had a ten-year career as a Christian radio host.
“Theirs was the snot-nosed, sticky-fingered world of peanut butter sandwiches and cartoons, playgrounds and superhero pajamas, crayons and pop-up books, booster chairs and midday naps. Their world existed no farther than the reach of their tiny arms. They were new. Innocent. Vulnerable. Yet they were somehow able to take personal and public responsibility for a hard-wired sin nature, implored to pledge allegiance to an invisible overlord they could not see, and charged to prevent their own torture in a nasty, horrible place that the Vacation Bible School teachers called Hell.” 1 likes
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