Here is another great review for the anthology of deconversion accounts that myself and Tristan Vick compiled and edited. The accounts cover different religions and there is a fair gender split of accounts. It’s a great book and we are well pleased with the results. Here is a review from Amazon in the UK from the last couple of days:
An excellent set of ‘stories’ about leaving religion By Geoff Benson on 12 Mar. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified PurchaseAn excellent set of ‘stories’ about leaving religion.
For people like me, cocooned in the largely religious free UK, it’s difficult to understand why it might be really tough to turn your back on your religion. Reading the different stories made me truly appreciate the huge, often cruel, shackles that religion can attach, rendering attempts to leave the religion result often in alienation of family and former friends. The story of Arsalan, a Pakistani lady, is perhaps at the extreme end of things, not least because leaving the muslim faith makes her an apostate. I was also especially interested in the story told by Bruce Gerencser, a former fundamentalist baptist pastor, because the concept of someone being seemingly so irrational for so long, then to cast that off and become an outright atheist must be unique, or nearly so.
Well worth reading.
Walking away from faith is never an easy journey. Leaving god and religion behind can be a challenging experience, sometimes even a painful one. Individuals have to consider the impact on family, friends, jobs, and many other aspects of life. This anthology consists of sixteen personal stories by people, from all walks of life, who have made the journey from a life steeped in religion to a life without it. In sharing these heartfelt stories with others, we hope to give those who have questions, who may be on the fence, or who have recently gone through similar experiences a sign that they are not alone. Within these pages you will find hope and inspiration, and perhaps a better understanding of what it means to take brave strides toward living a life without god and religion.
“Beyond an Absence of Faith has the potential to reach those powerful social dimensions of the believer’s mind, while at the same time comforting those who have recently suffered the social and psychological agony of leaving their religions.”
— Michael Sherlock, author of I Am Christ: The Crucifixion–Painful Truths
“A beautiful and highly recommended collection of very moving accounts…”
— James A. Lindsay, author of Dot, Dot, Dot: Infinity Plus God Equals Folly
9 of 10 people found the following review helpfulNot just atheism, but finding a purposeon May 18, 2014Format: PaperbackPearce and Vick have brought together a diverse group of voices with one thing in common – they have moved beyond being “former believers” into being active participants in humanity. Each of the stories shared is unique, but former believers will find something they can identify with in every one. From the pain of separation from friends and family, to the joy of being liberated from a sexist mindset, to the harsh reality of having to find a new career in the middle of your life because you have embraced reason, these personal stories help to reinforce for the non-believer that you are not alone in your journey. Instead, you are walking a path many have gone down before, and you can take solace in knowing that these authors have been there as well.