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We feel that these books should be of interest to everyone:

  • Those who follow a conservative religious belief system should find the books helpful when proselytizing. It is important to know what Christians from other faith traditions, religious liberals, and secularists believe and -- above all -- why they believe it.

  • Agnostics, Atheists, and other secularists should find the books helpful because they may increase their understanding of their own beliefs, and those of various organized religious traditions.

  • Everyone may benefit from these books. Taken as a group, they combat with reason the high levels of sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, hatred and mistrust of Atheists, general pervasive and entrenched religious intolerance, etc. in the North American culture and the rest of the world.

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2015-November's selection

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Daniel C. Maguire: "Our Hands Are Stained with Blood," 251 pages.

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11.66 plus postage in Paperback, or $7.46 in Kindle format. book description:

"From the first "Christian" persecutions of the Jews in the fourth century to the horrors of the Holocaust, from Israel-bashing in today's press to anti-Semitism in today's pulpits, this shocking and painful book tells the tragic story that every Christian must hear. ..."

"Michael Brown is a Jewish believer in Jesus (he came to faith in 1971 as a heroin-shooting, LSD-using, hippie rock drummer) and he holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He's written more than 25 books, including wake-up calls to the Church of America, scholarly monographs and commentaries on biblical subjects, a series of volumes on answering Jewish objections to Jesus, and much-discussed books on today's hottest cultural issues. He has spoken throughout America and in more than 25 countries, and he hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show The Line of Fire. He is the founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry in Concord, NC and serves as a visiting or adjunct professor at a number of seminaries. He and his wife Nancy have been married since 1976 and have two wonderful daughters and four incredible grandchildren. His heart beats to see a gospel-based moral and cultural revolution in this generation.

A review by an Amazon customer, M.D. Roberts:

This excellent book, which desperately needed to be written, is devoted primarily to the tragic relationship between the Christian Church and the Jewish people. The writer strives to impart to Christians the recognition of their legacy & heritage from the Jews that indeed existed in the early days of the Church whose members were nearly all Jews themselves.

The author also studies the 'Israel bashing' in today's press/media together with the anti-Israel bias of the UN in relation to the Middle East situation. This plus the 'Christian' persecution of the Jews through the ages and even anti-Semitism preached through some channels of the 'Church' today.

Included foremost is the flawed doctrine taught in some areas of 'replacement theology', which teaches that the 'Church' has 'replaced' Israel in all of God's promises. ..."

Plans revealed that have promised that the Jewish people and Israel will never cease to exist and that God's promises will indeed be fulfilled.

To those dubious amongst you I can only recommend that you get a copy of this book, read it for yourself and actually put everything to an intense personal scrutiny...irrespective of which faith, if any that you profess. This is a message and a book that should not, indeed cannot, be ignored.""

Average rating by Amazon customers: 4.5 out of 5.

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2015-December's selection

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J.D. Brucker, "Reason over Faith: Antitheism & the case against religion." 161 pages.

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9.99 plus postage in Paperback, or $2.71 in Kindle format. book description:

"Many contend religion is, in its entirety, tolerant and stands as a force for good. Millions of human beings worship a god and follow the doctrine of their chosen faith, never considering how harmful their beliefs may be. In Reason over Faith: Antitheism and the Case against Religion, J. D. Brucker takes a stand against all that is considered holy, giving the reader an introduction to how the top three monotheistic religions and faith have failed the human race in a miserable way. ..."

"J. D. Brucker is an atheist author and blogger, a secular humanist, and an outspoken anti-theist. He is the author of "Improbable: Issues with the God Hypothesis" and "God Needs To Go: Why Christian Beliefs Fail." Currently, Brucker writes for the Atheist Republic and Patheos websites. Other works can be found on various secular websites, including The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and The Natural Skeptic.

A review by an anonymous Amazon customer:

"Brucker offers another excellent book on the issue of religion being integrated into the world. With dozens of examples of prejudice against minorities, psychological harm to people simply for being who they are, and violence that has erupted throughout history, religion is something that should be taken with the smallest grains of salt.

Anti-theism has been touted as the atheist equivalent to conservative Christianity and Islam, but Brucker demonstrates that nothing could be further from the truth. A quick read, but one that still engages and enlightens, this is the book to read for those curious about the anti-theist position. They may be surprised to discover how much it resembles their own.

Average rating by Amazon customers: 4.0 out of 5.

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2016-January's selection

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How to Live Spiritually in Non-Spiritual Society by Dr. Tommy S.W. Wong

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11.50 plus postage in Paperback, or $3.90 in Kindle format. book description:

"While it is easy to live spiritually in a spiritual society, it is undoubtedly challenging to live spiritually in a non-spiritual society. Hence, this book explores the deep questions: (1) How to use beliefs for spiritual living? (2) How do spiritual beings cope with money in a non-spiritual society? (3) What are the characteristics of spiritual beings as compared to physical beings? This book contains a conversation between a young man, Tom, and Guru Harry, who epitomizes someone from a spiritual society and offers a way of living that can lead to peace, love, joy and harmony. In the conversation, they explore all the above questions and other issues related to living spiritually in a non-spiritual society. May this wisdom enable you to live as a spiritual being everywhere!

Dr. Tommy Wong is the author of the book series “Wisdom on How to Live Life”, and other philosophical, spiritual, and self-help books. Since 2009, his books have been available on Amazon and many other online bookstores worldwide. In 2012 and 2013, he was featured on the Radio 938LIVE programme "A Slice of Life Hour". He has also given talks at the Singapore Writers Festival, Heartlands Book Club, Booktique bookstore, Financial Services Consumer Association, as well as various Meetup Groups. Further information about Dr. Wong’s work can be found on his website and the FB page

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Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless by Greta Christina

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10.56 plus postage in Paperback, or $6.61 in Kindle format. book description:

"Why are atheists angry? Is it because they're selfish, joyless, lacking in meaning, and alienated from God? Or is it because they have legitimate reasons to be angry -- and are ready to do something about it? Armed with passionate outrage, absurdist humor, and calm intelligence, popular blogger Greta Christina makes a powerful case for outspoken atheist activism, and explains the empathy and justice that drive it. This accessible, personal, down-to-earth book speaks not only to atheists, but also to believers who want to understand the so-called new atheism. Why Are You Atheists So Angry? drops a bombshell on the destructive force of religious faith—and gives a voice to millions of angry atheists.

Greta Christina has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including atheism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. She is a regular contributor to AlterNet, Free Inquiry, the Humanist, and Salon, and is on the speakers' bureaus of the Secular Student Alliance and the Center for Inquiry.

Average rating by Amazon customers: 4.4 out of 5.

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Latest update and review: 2015-OCT-02
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