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For the curious, there is now a book list: Books I’ve Read, Reviewed & Recommend on topics including from Secular Parenting, Philosophy / Religion, and Christian Science.
It is a selection of books I’ve reviewed and it is by no means an extensive list of all the books I’ve read/reviewed, only the ones I recommend to friends, fellow former-CS, and ones that are allowed to take up prime bookshelf space.
Parenting Beyond Belief is divided into nine chapters, each contains several essays on various topics, with notable contributors including Penn Jillette and Richard Dawkins. There is also a forward, preface, glossary, a list of general additional resources, and biographies of the contributors. There are also more topical resource lists at the end of every chapter. These are incredibly helpful if you’re trying to find books on a more specific topic — holidays, death, science, etc. I would buy it again, and highly recommend it to friends seeking non-religious alternatives.
Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief by Dale McGowan and others
Raising Freethinkers is the follow up book to Parenting Beyond Belief, it is the “practical guide” and a gimmicky green faux-sticker boasts that it includes “more than 100 activities” (aka ways to encourage thought). It also includes pages of resources at the end of each chapter, with extensive lists and summaries of books, movies, websites, blogs, and organizations offering insight, advice, guidance, facts, and support. These alone make it worth the shelf-space.
ATHEISM / Philosophy / Religion
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by of Daniel C. Dennett
Dennet poses thought provoking questions to the reader and provides brief summaries of what is to come in upcoming chapters. As far as I can tell, Dennett is not arguing that religion is good or bad, he is arguing that region should be studied, questioned and examined. Religions make extraordinary claims, that should be looked at critically, tested, and studied. I happen to agree!