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  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Dangerous Little Books (Dec 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908675047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908675040
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #710,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I used this book for a academic paper and I only wish that I knew about it when I was in high school. This is the perfect guide for breaking down the concept of atheism to non-atheists. Very easy read, and comprehend. This book has just about every angle you could possibly think of. I thoroughly enjoyed the tone of the book as it addresses the topic in a lighthearted and humorous manner. I would suggest this to anyone who is interested in the topic, or is having a hard time explaining the concept to people who are apprehensive about atheists and atheism. This book makes coming out a whole lot easier.
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After reading his first book, Disproving Christianity, I was excited to learn that David would be publishing another. A concise, honest guide giving one the courage to finally be themselves.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Guide for Nonbelievers Dec 19 2012
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I was thrilled to hear that David G. McAfee was writing another book. I love his concise style and his ability to articulate his thoughts from a very non-emotional perspective about a subject that usually stirs up a tremendous amount of emotions. This books offers real advice and real stories from people from various backgrounds that many nonbelievers will be able to relate to throughout the book. It's also handled with such respect that it wouldn't be a tough book to give to a family member who may be struggling to deal with your nonbelief. It can really put things into perspective and would help people understand where many atheists are coming from. In a time where religion is slowly fading and freethought is on the rise, this is a timely book and worth a read regardless of whether you consider yourself "out" or not. As David describes in his book, in many parts of the world (even in some parts of the US), this "coming out" isn't really just a one-time thing with family members. There are situations that come up in all kinds of social and professional circles where one is faced with "coming out" again and again. Kudos to David for another great read!
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a much needed resource! Dec 22 2012
By colordigits - Published on
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I use David's book 'Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings' to help friends and family who are confused about their beliefs, and it did a great job answering some of the moral dilemmas about christianity. I was thrilled to know that David would be writing a new book about 'coming out' as an atheist!

This book does a fantastic job of analyzing non-belief and detailing the many issues that pop up when a person decides to go public about being an atheist. I was surprised to real that David even advises some times its not the best time, or the 'safest' time to come out of the closet and he is correct. I grew up 'gay' and I have to say that coming out as an atheist was much more difficult than coming out as a homosexual. I appreciated this careful advice for some one who might not understand that it could be dangerous depending on the situation.

This book also gives examples of various outcomes from people who went public with their non-belief. This shows how different the outcome can be depending on the circumstances.

There are so many great things to say about this book and I fear that I will run out of space for the review. In short, this book is exactly what I have been looking for as a guide for some one who is on the fence about coming out. There are many books out there about atheism but there don't seem to be any that specifically tackle this issue. I can't wait to share this with all of my friends and family who have asked me the question "Should I let people know that I don't believe anymore, or should I just keep quiet?"
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Solutions for the Insoluble April 15 2013
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In my experience, if you are telling religious people about your atheism, they will just keep bringing up inane objections (the subtext of which is always your inferiority) like a game of verbal whack-a-mole, and when they run out of inane objections, they will just start repeating them as if you hadn't already addressed them; then they will "pray for you." They will never integrate anything you point out to them into their view. They will just ignore it, and only brand you as being bitter and angry (devoid of the joy of gawd as you head toward the atheist void of meaninglessness and annihilation, no doubt). I submit to you that there is no best way to do this, as long as you don't lose your temper (the worst way). No matter what you say, you will be met with willfull ignorance and vicious passive-aggression; they will mentally drag you to the center of town and stone you; you will be the subject of secret conversations and you will sense it when you enter the room; you will lose their trust; and they will "worry about you," which is their way of constantly affirming their superiority, which they must do to protect their beliefs, which aren't nearly as easy to believe in when you don't scapegoat nonbelievers (they really can't help themselves).

Religious people suck, and I'm sorry, but all any book can really offer you here, besides ready-made arguments, is the sense that you are not alone. There really is no effective "coming out" algorithm to follow, so this book fails by making a false promise in its title. It has the reader looking for a usable tool when in fact all they are holding is an invisible pat on the back and some good intentions. That being said, if you are thinking about coming out of the atheist closet, you would do well to think deeply about what is at stake, what kinds of things will be said, and what some positive ways to respond might be. In this way-- as a primer-- as preperation for what probably lies ahead-- as a source of preemptive consolation-- as an emotional prophylactic-- I would recommend giving it a read, just don't expect to emerge with "The Answers."
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource and guide Dec 19 2012
By Guy P. Harrison - Published on
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For many people, figuring out that the supernatural claims of religions don't hold up to honest analysis is relatively easy. It's the next step--sharing this conclusion with mom and dad--that often proves to be the most difficult of all. Fortunately, David McAfee has produced an invaluable contribution to all nonbelievers who find they must navigate that most treacherous minefield known as the religious family. With deep wisdom and sincere compassion, McAfee explores the challenges and suggests the best tactics, while also offering much-needed encouragement for those who may find the journey difficult. It is because he understands that the goal is freethought, self-expression, and the preservation of important relationships, that this book is a precious resource. Readers will also appreciate the solid list of resources found at the back of book.

-Guy P. Harrison, author of 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian, Race and Reality and other books
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I would have read this a year ago Nov. 20 2013
By Tim Postma - Published on
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This is an excellent guide to coming out as an atheist! And as far as I can tell it's the only book with that unique but very important goal. Because the purpose is preparation for coming out, McAfee doesn't try to cover everything. That's one thing I really hope for in a book...don't try to be all things to everyone. So there's no big discussions of reason vs. faith, no significant exposé biblical of problems, and no critiques of Christian apologetics. David understands that these all require separate treatments, so he touches on them and recommends a number of websites for further study. Perfect.

McAfee's perspective is also unique in that he's a life-long atheist. He went through many of the same issues that I did as a former Christian, and he elaborates that coming out is a continual process in our American religious culture. So besides this book...from a former Christian's perspective...I'd also recommend Seth Andrew's "Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason".

When I came out almost a year ago, McAfee's book and Andrew's book had just been published; so I didn't even know they were available. And I really wasn't prepared for what was to follow. Like McAfee tells you, coming out is not easy...not if you're a life-long atheist in an atheist family, and certainly not if you're like me...a former Christian still in a Christian family. You really should expect the unexpected. Most believers will probably not take it well that you're not one of them anymore. That was the biggest thing I wasn't prepared for.

So what are the best things you can before coming out?
1. read this book
2. read "Deconverted" if you're a believer
3. prepare yourself to answer questions by reading many of the great freethought works out there (I've recommended some.)
4. if possible try to connect with other atheist
5. prepare yourself to be patient once the word gets out

My biggest goal as an outted atheist is just to help others go through the process a little easier than I did. So I'll be recommending McAfee's book to everyone I come across.