New member, long-time nontheist. I have a friend who was raised Seventh-Day Adventist and has recently realized that he really doesn't believe a word of it. I am, of course, happy for him. Unfortunately he lives far away and I don't get to have long heart-to-hearts with him as much as I'd like, but I'd still like to help him in his transition out of religion and into the light.
My own deconversion story is far off in the misty past, and mostly centered around Michael Martin's Atheism: A Philosophical Justification (because I'm a philosophy dork) and various Ayn Rand books (because I was a teenager).
My friend is not a philosophy dork nor a teenager, so I find myself at a bit of a loss for a good book to recommend to him to assist him in his journey.
What I'm looking for:
- not too heavy on philosophy but provides at least a decent grounding.
- deals a lot with the social aspects: how to break the news to friends, family, coworkers.
- what to expect.
- the stages you may go through ("OMG YOU'RE ALL FOOLS" -> "Naw, it's not for me," etc.), and how to navigate each of them in a way that is compassionate both to yourself and others.
- where to go for support.
Is there one single, magic book that deals with all of these things, in a charming, readable, erudite-yet-accessible fashion? Alternately internet articles are okay too, but books are preferable.
Thanks in advance for any advice.