My Book Club

About a year ago, after much encouragement from a fellow blogger (Nan), I gathered up some of my writings and put together a small book (about 100 pages) that I published on Amazon. It is comprised of some of my older blog posts as well as some newer ideas of mine. It is about my dealings with religion and how it affected my life. I detail a lot of the issues I have with religion and how I left it all behind. It’s not a science book, a history book or a religious book. It’s more of a journal and it’s quite personal. I do give my opinions on things such as religion and science, but I by no means an expert in either. Here is the description of my book that I wrote on Amazon:

“After nearly four decades of living the Christian life, I left it all behind. Problems with scripture, lack of evidence and lies from the church forced me to rethink my life. I had to take a hard look at myself and ask, “what is it that I believe and why?” Is God real? If so, which god? Why did I have faith in the first place and is there any reason to continue having it? Maybe you’ve been having the same questions. Maybe you’ve been dealing with doubts and feeling like things just don’t add up when it comes to religion. In this book, I discuss topics ranging from the church manipulating young minds in the name of religion (indoctrination) to fear and doubt, and holiday celebrations. I’ve spent a lifetime accepting that things are the way they are with regards to faith and spirituality. I finally had to say, “No more.” Never one to question those who I trusted, I had to really step out of my comfort zone and out of character to do the unthinkable; find the truth. Letting go of my fear and no longer allowing myself to worry about condemnation from others, I was finally able to answer some questions I had and it changed my life. Ultimately, it cost me my religion, but in return, I gained freedom and truth. Accepting truth, no matter how painful it can be at times, is far greater than living a lie.”

When I first released it, I only offered it in digital form for kindle readers. I am now offering it in paperback form for anyone who would like a physical copy. I know that I personally prefer a physical book over a digital copy, but not all are like that. If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy, you can find the digital kindle copy here for $2.99 or you can get a paperback copy here for $7.99. If you have a kindle unlimited membership, you can read it for free.

For anyone who has been following my blog, thank you for all of your support and encouragement. It has been much appreciated. A while back I had seriously considered shutting down my blog and giving up writing. If not for all of you, I would have. I love to share and I love to learn. I plan to continue for as long as I have an audience to share with.

That’s it for this post. Thanks again.

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18 thoughts on “My Book Club

  1. This is fantastic Ben! Very good on you Sir!!! ๐Ÿ‘

    Every intelligent Christian out there that internally, secretly (or not) begins to recognize the many Swiss-cheese holes peppered everywhere in its Scriptures and theology, needs to know that their doubting, their questions about the wild, mythological or blind-faith answers from the church circles, or the no answers (silence), wondering what will happen to them when they leave, deconvert… that they are NOT alone!!!

    You, Nan, Jim (The Common Atheist), Scottie, Rebecca (Love Over Religion) and so many, MANY others everywhere and on WordPress are here, are out there, with exactly YOUR type of personal down-to-Earth life-stories of a more happy, LIBERATED life!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

    Again, well done Sir! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Thank you. I don’t consider myself to be much of a writer, at least not in the traditional “book-writing” sense. I just get thoughts that pop into my head and I write them down to share. I don’t claim to be an expert on anything but my own experiences and that’s what I want others to see. Our personal experiences make tough situations a little easier to go through when we realize there are others like us out there.

      I don’t know if anyone will read my book or how many people actually read this blog, but I will still write in hopes that maybe it’ll have an impact on someone else. If not, at least I can get things off of my chest and out of my head.

      Thank you for your support and your friendship. Both are much appreciated.

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      1. Someone WILL read or hear your story Ben. That will reassure them they don’t really need to feel alone, or abandoned, or ostracized for realizing the ultimate truth/scam. I mean seriously… you and I can’t blame a person for being naive about everything—top, bottom, side to side, and the entire full contextual story of the origins—but willing to give it the genuine 110% effort (in blind faith), a “one for the Gipper” so to speak, exhausting effort, following ALL the rules and procedures, only to find out in the end (5, 7, 10, 20 years?) it was a WRONG leap of faith and hardcore effort? No, of course not.

        However, the ones that KNOW it is all an ancient Greco-Roman scam, but STILL lie about it and continue to be total hypocrites selling it, preaching it… THOSE are the ones we should not show any grace or patience for. They choose to be blatant con-men and con-women no different than Bernie Madoff or Aurora Florentina Magnusson (aka Helga de La Brache). They are around every corner and should be exposed for what they really are. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Whoops. Oh dear, yes Danica, not Rebecca. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Apologies. Geezzz, brain-fart on my part. I have no clue why I typed Rebecca—I knew it was Danica. Maybe it’s because she hasn’t posted anything in a long, LONG time? April 2018! However, Old Man Time is hot and hard on my ass lately and he usually brings that damn attorney Murphy, from Murphy’s Law… firm. ๐Ÿ˜„ And I have had my doctor tell me recently that my lifetime career in soccer (as a goalkeeper) probably has given me mild cases(?) of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)? Wooohooo! ๐Ÿฅณ I thanked the doctor for that preliminary diagnosis!!! I now have another delightful excuse (Get Out of Jail Free Card) when I screw-up royally to my Lady!!! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ๐Ÿ˜‰ He then wisely reminded me I first have to be able to remember what it was I did and said! DAMN that Old Man Time and Murphy!!! Do you think Danica would forgive me? ๐Ÿ˜†

        Anyway, yes. Thank you very much Zoe for catching that! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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  2. While I enjoy the feel, and many times the “smell” of an actual book, I usually buy new books in Kindle format. I have just done so with yours, Ben. Thank you! I look forward to reading it.

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    1. Thanks Bruce. I appreciate that.

      I hope you enjoy it. I always get nervous when putting myself out there. Even writing WordPress posts, I get hesitant before clicking on “publish.” I second guess myself a lot and wonder what people must think of me. Publishing a book was even more nerve-wracking. I just went for it though and I may do so again in the future. Who knows?

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  3. As a devoted Christian might say … Hallelujah!! ๐Ÿ˜„

    Watch your email for notification of another copy sold!

    Soooo glad you went forward with this, Ben! It may not ever become a NY Times Best Seller but if you’re like me, that was never the goal anyway. It’s more about reaching that ONE PERSON and giving them something to think about.

    I’m so VERY, VERY proud of you! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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    1. Well, this is the same copy I published a year ago. It’s just now got a paperback version. I am not sure if I’ll write a new one or not, but I might. I do have a lot to say. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. What? I must have either missed your announcement … or it was before I started reading your blog as I don’t recall you publishing an e-book … ?? Or maybe I’m just getting old and my memory is going (actually, that’s most likely the most accurate).

        In any event, congrats on the paperback. There are still readers who prefer a book-in-hand.

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      2. It was in December of last year. I made an announcement but didnโ€™t make a big deal of it. Itโ€™s just a small collection of my writings put together into a book form. Just a sort of โ€œdipping my toes in to test the waterโ€ sort of thing.

        Iโ€™m actually tempted to write a full length book. Maybe not a novel, but something more substantial. Not sure if I will or not. Weโ€™ll see. I need to find the time and have the content. Then Iโ€™d have to actually put it all together. It may or may not happen. Iโ€™m not sure if Iโ€™d have the audience for it anyway, so Iโ€™d be doing it mostly for myself. I donโ€™t know. Weโ€™ll see.

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      3. Whoops! I just scrolled through my Amazon book reader and yes! I do have your book. It looks like I started it but never finished. I’m actually pretty bad about that. I get in a “reading” mode and then other things get in the way. *sigh* Your post reminded me to try again!

        Actually, I think writing a book is mostly for self-satisfaction. Sure, you hope people will read it and, in my case, I hoped it would make someone truly think about what they believe. But of course, there’s no guarantees.

        If you DO decide to go forward with a more comprehensive book, I’d be happy to help in whatever way I can.

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      4. Thanks Nan.

        I think the hardest part would be the preparation of a longer book. The outlines, the notes, the content itself. Not to mention the proofreading. Yikes.

        I have actually thought about attempting a fiction book as I do enjoy reading them myself. I have tried slipping a little bit of that in some of my older posts in order to illustrate a point I’m trying to make. One example would be in my post “Himalayan Jesus”

        https://mylifeafterreligion.wordpress.com/2018/11/20/himalayan-jesus/

        I just don’t know if I’m cut out for writing a full book like that or not. I guess all I can do is try and see what happens. I have a mind that never rests. I just hope it doesn’t try to convince me that I am capable of more than I really am capable of.

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