- 5 years ago
- Wedding: March 2009
I’m around halfway through this book, and I have to say, it’s amazing.
It has really helped me, because I was raised in the heart of the Bible Belt, in a very Pentecostal/Southern Baptist family, and was basically forced to believe a certain way and to never question things.
Now that I’m with DH, I feel free. Honestly. He has opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking, and I am so grateful for him. Of course, the decision to renounce my ‘faith’ and convert to atheism was my own, but DH has encouraged and supported me the entire time.
I can finally question things. I can finally believe what I want to about the origins of the universe, and read what I want to read in newspapers and books and on the internet.
I love this book! As I was reading, I was thinking to myself, “This is exactly me! This is exactly what I’ve thought for so long!”, and I’ve finally allowed myself to stand up for ME.
I have heard countless times (from my family) that Christians are oppressed, beaten, ridiculed- for their faith. In actuality, it was ME that was oppressed and ridiculed (by them), yelled at and forced to memorize bible verses as punishment when I asked too many questions or doubted too many things.
Reading this book has been so freeing, and I just wanted to share that though it’s been extremely difficult, I am now 100% comfortable with my atheistic views- I’m more than comfortable, I’m relieved!
Has anyone else read this book? Did it help you in any way? Has anyone else had a similar experience (growing up being taught one specific way, and then rejecting that and going a totally different way?)