Parenting Beyond Belief

  • by Dale McGowan
  • Narrated by Milton Bagby
  • 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Contributors include Richard Dawkins, Penn Jillette, Julia Sweeney, and Dr. Donald B. Ardell
Its hard enough to live a secular life in a religious world. And bringing up children without religious influence can be even more daunting. Despite the difficulties, a large and growing number of parents are choosing to raise their kids without religion.
In Parenting Beyond Belief, Dale McGowan celebrates the freedom that comes with raising kids without formal indoctrination and advises parents on the most effective way to raise freethinking children. With advice from educators, doctors, psychologists, and philosophers as well as wisdom from everyday parents, the book offers tips and insights on a variety of topics, from "mixed marriages" to coping with death and loss, and from morality and ethics to dealing with holidays. Sensitive and timely, Parenting Beyond Belief features reflections from such freethinkers as Mark Twain, Richard Dawkins, Bertrand Russell, and wellness guru Dr. Don Ardell that will empower every parent to raise both caring and independent children without constraints.

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What the Critics Say

"Parents on both sides of the culture war will find this book a compelling read." (Newsweek)

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Customer Reviews

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I'm so glad I found this book

This book gives many ideas from different parents on how to raise your child without religion and how to address the sticky points you are sure to encounter. You will agree with some authors and not with others, but you will certainly find plenty to help you with this daunting adventure.

The narrator was ok, but a bit on the slow side. Also, I wish the narrator or producer had left more space between essays and chapters. A couple seconds of silence here and there would have made it much easier to follow.

As soon as I finished this audiobook, I purchased McGowan's follow up hardcopy book: Raising Freethinkers: a Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief.
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- Melissa

Whiney Atheist confirmation self pity garbage.

Let me say I am atheist, but I dislike the "I'm injured by people who tell me god bless you, or say I'll pray for you" crap.

This book isn't all that much about parenting, it's about feeling better AS an atheist parent, there's not much for advice in here, it's a lot of "look how discriminated against we are" and there's a lot more atheists out there then you would think.

I wanted a parenting advice book, that didn't reference God as a solution to problems your child may be having, this was not it.
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- Big John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-30-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios