I have two new Audible credits and usually have them spent before I get them but don't know what I want this time. Please help.

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Depends on what you enjoy.  I love fantasy and science fiction for recreational reading; are you at all interested in that?

Non-fiction: The GOOD Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life by Dan Barker. (Available from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, or Amazon.com...probably eBay's Half.com, too.)

How Does an Atheist Respond to the Question, What Is the Purpose of Life?

For a Christian, it is faith that gives their life purpose. In his best-selling book The Purpose Driven™ Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren says, “You must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.”

But as a non-believer, your purpose resides in yourself; it is yours alone to discover and develop. It’s about choosing to live your own life for your own reasons. No one can dictate your purpose. You decide.

This book will help you understand and appreciate why freely choosing to help and cooperate with others is the true path to finding purpose. Life does not need purpose: Purpose needs life. To punctuate this point, The Good Atheist includes inspiring biographies of humanity’s true heroes—men and women who did not waste their lives as slaves to a God, but rather found purpose in enhancing life on this Earth for all of us.


I struggled with defining my purpose when I first realized I was not created to obey god and my husband and to serve others.  Soul searching, discussions and I finally arrived at an answer that fits for me.  What tools do I have given to me because I am born a human?  Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, Feeling with my skin and Feeling with my gut or heart or wherever you experience emotion.  These senses reveal I am created to participate in life. Because my senses bring pain and pleasure, I choose to develop the pleasures of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and feeling with my skin and my emotion.  I discover that bringing pleasure to myself, welcoming others to join with me, finding ways to explore and expand possibilities. life gets better.

Dan Barker is great - get his book!

Yanno why I like Dan Barker's books above all the other freethought writers (except Robert G. Ingersoll)?  He writes in my language.  I have read Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, et al, but they tend to lapse into "Academic" (my formal education ended with high school; I don't speak "PhD-ian) and it's worse than trying to read Greek or Russian.  To me.

I like him too -- I think he is a good writer. I have his book "Losing Faith in Faith"

Hitch-22 isn't too PhD-ian, though it's less about atheism and more about the Hitch-Bitch.

Sounds good>>>The GOOD Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life by Dan Barker. Thanks.

Reading History of Religion, some book written in early 1900's and Why I am not a muslim

I just read two books from Audible: Jeffery Eugenides' MIDDLESEX and THE MARRIAGE PLOT. Both were well read and enjoyable.

I'm five hours into Middlesex and all I have to say so far is, "eeeeeeeewwwwwww!"

I really liked Middlesex.

I like everything, though have read most of the suggested material. But not Middlesex and The Marriage Plot. I'll look at them. Thanks all. Dan Barker is awesome!



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