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Deconverted: a Journey from Religion to Reason

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  984 ratings  ·  97 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.

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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
Darrel
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
Diana
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 leap....it 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
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Blu
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
Jeff
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
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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
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Christina
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
Carl
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.
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
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Will Thorpe
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seth is a just an all around cool and fair guy. I've listened to him for a while now on his podcast and listening to his book was helpful to connect a lot of dots.

I cannot exclaim enough how much I wish Christians would listen to this book. And no, it's not to prove a damn point or that I am right and they are wrong. Since leaving the faith I have had so many people make false assumptions about me and why I left. I want them to listen to this book so that they can relate to an apostate if/when s
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Krish
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an atheist who was never really into religion, it was a great account to learn about an atheist who was once knee-deep in religion for the majority of his life. He took the risks of losing his job to pursue his quest for debunking religion, which is admirable. Check out his videos on the Thinking Atheist, they are often hilarious yet insightful. Currently, I am surrounded with very religious people who sometimes do not use reason at all, and is often frustrating being friends with them, wish ...more
Stephanie
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've watched some of Seth Andrews' youtube videos so I came into this book familiar with the short version of parts of his deconversion story. I did really enjoy hearing the whole thing in one go with plenty of details. I listened to the audiobook which is great. Seth narrates it himself which gave it a very personal and intimate feel plus he is very easy to listen to. If you are an atheist, questioning religion or just curious about what regular atheists are like (not the angry keyboard warrior ...more
Chris
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010s, non-fiction, 2019
This story hit close to home. I think Seth's story is a bit more extreme than my own....but I could relate at almost every point of the story. After reading this, I'd love to sit down with Seth and have a beer.

This is a great story that should help people struggling to understand why they hang on to religion finally let go.
Gina Gamba
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Humorous, warm and thought-provoking

I loved this book every bit as much as I enjoy the videos, speeches and podcasts from the Thinking Atheist. Seth’s story of coming out of religion is full of heart and humor.

What I loved the most was his honesty about the pitfalls that can await us all as we emerge into the light of reason. That is to say, the angry Atheist stage, the de-humanization of other non-believers and some believers. I also find Street Epistemology fascinating.

Hearing the story in Set
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Scott Holstad
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
Traci
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Full disclosure here: I have been a fan of Seth Andrews and his The Thinking Atheist podcast for quite a while now and that was the reason I bought this book. He's talked about his past before but never in so much detail (unless I've missed a crucial episode or speech or talk or guest appearance) and I have always been curious about his full deconversion story. I'm sure there's even more to it than what's in this book but I am SO glad that I read this.

This book is engaging and easy to read and r
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Brian
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
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JeniReadABook
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: sociology, philosopy
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
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Doris
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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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
Tanya
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'.

John
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.
BG45
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).
Felicia J.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Penny
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! ^_^
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
NormaCenva
To all of us who love the work of The Thinking Atheist, this book, especially in it's Audio format, can be just like the never ending continuation of the podcast that we love so much...
Seth is as alive here as he always is, his personal journey and all of the seriousness along the way, together with the many of live's surprises were pleasure for me to get to know.
Jennifer
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.
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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.

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