“Clear-eyed conversation about death and grief”: Valerie Tarico on “Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God”

From the time our daughters were little, one of my husband’s goals and mine has been to help them deal with grief without resorting to false hope or superstition. When small pets died, we created a simple family ritual about the natural cycle of birth and death — and we celebrated the life, however brief. When a friend’s suicide left them in anguish, we talked through the pain that can make living unbearable. When a companion animal’s suffering became obvious, we released that life together. We talk together often about the relationships, wonders, and sense of purpose that make life meaningful to us. When Greta Christina’s small, thoughtful book of musings about death becomes available, each of our girls will receive a copy.

Cheeky, smart, unflinchingly honest, and deeply personal (as always) — Greta Christina is a perfect guide for nontheists who are looking for clear-eyed conversation about death and grief. The comforts she offers are powerful because they require no denial or self-delusion and instead are rooted in gratitude and wonder at the gift of life — and the precious opportunities made all the more acute by their transience.

Comforting Thoughts book cover oblong 200 JPGGot a really nice blurb about my new book, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, from Valerie Tarico, Ph.D., psychologist, and author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light. Thanks so much, Valerie!

The ebook is available at Kindle/Amazon (that’s the link for Amazon US — it’s available in other regions as well), Nook/Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. The audiobook is available at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. All ebook and audiobook editions are just $2.99. And yes, I did the recording for the audiobook. (Plans for a print edition are in the works, but there’s currently no publication date scheduled.)

Here is the description of the book: [Read more…]

Greta Interviewed by Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor on the FFRF Radio Show/Podcast!

ffrf_logoPodcast fans: I’ve done an interview with Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor on Freethought Radio, the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s weekly radio show and podcast. Dan and Annie Laurie start the show talking about three recent movies with freethought connections. Then they get into the question, “How do atheists deal with death?” That’s where they interview me — talking about my new book, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing To Do About God. Finally, they talk with Barbara Mancini, who was arrested and prosecuted for handing her terminally ill 93-yr-old father prescribed medicine that he requested, a charge of “assisted suicide” that was religiously and politically motivated, and ultimately dismissed.

It was an interesting conversation on my end: Dan and Annie Laurie interviewed me with a blend of seriousness and lightness, taking the topic of death and grief seriously while at the same time injecting irreverent humor. If you enjoy podcasts, I hope you’ll check this one out!

Comforting Thoughts book coveComforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing To Do About God is available in ebook at Kindle/Amazon (that’s the link for Amazon US — it’s available in other regions as well), Nook/Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. The audiobook is available at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. All ebook and audiobook editions are just $2.99. And yes, I did the recording for the audiobook. (Plans for a print edition are in the works, but there’s currently no publication date scheduled.)


Comforting Thoughts book cover oblong 100 JPGComing Out Atheist Bendingwhy are you atheists so angryGreta Christina is author of four books: Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why, Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, and Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More.

“Good read for closeted and out atheists alike”: Amazon Customer Review of “Coming Out Atheist”

Got a nice customer review on Amazon for Coming Out Atheist: How To Do It, How to Help Each Other Do It, And Why! Five stars out of five. (In fact, the book now has 35 customer reviews — and 30 of them are either four- or five-star!) Here’s what Carla A. Burris, a.k.a. “tekvet,” had to say:

Good read for closeted and out atheists alike

Even though this book is aimed at atheists/agnostics/humanists etc that are in the closet and are thinking about coming out, I still found it valuable from my out-and-vocal-for-years perspective. The closeted nonbeliever will find excellent advice on when, how, and if they should consider coming out. After outlining general advice that would apply to anyone, she drills down to special considerations for family, friends, students, women, POC, LBGT — even non-believing clergy.

As a very ‘out’ atheist, I didn’t expect to find a lot of information that applied to me, but I was wrong. Greta included chapters on helping others come out, community-building, and diversity considerations — all topics that resonated with me. The final section of the book includes an extensive list of resources from websites to books to podcasts that will be of interest to out and closeted atheists alike.

The best part about this book? Greta writes just as she speaks. It was like spending a few hours with her sitting behind my shoulder telling me stories and sharing what she’s learned.

Thanks, Carla! And if any of you have read Coming Out Atheist, it’d be awesome if you’d post a review.

***

Here, by the way, is ordering info for the book in all three formats — print, ebook, and audiobook!

Coming Out Atheist cover 150Ebook edition:
The Kindle edition is available on Amazon. (That’s the link for Amazon US, btw — it’s available in other regions as well.)
The Nook edition is available at Barnes & Noble.
The Smashwords edition is available on Smashwords. Right now, it’s only available on Smashwords in epub format: I’m working to make it available in other formats.
All ebook editions and formats cost just $9.99.

Print edition: [Read more…]

“Informative and inspiring”: Amazon Customer Review of “Coming Out Atheist”!

Got a nice customer review on Amazon for Coming Out Atheist: How To Do It, How to Help Each Other Do It, And Why! Five stars out of five. (In fact, the book now has 35 customer reviews — and 30 of them are either four- or five-star!) Here’s what Troy had to say:

Excellent!

My first book by Ms. Christina, and both informative and inspiring. As an experienced writer on atheism, she shows that she really knows her stuff. I’ll be reading this multiple times hence. Good work!

Thanks, Troy! And if any of you have read Coming Out Atheist, it’d be awesome if you’d post a review.

***

Here, by the way, is ordering info for the book in all three formats — print, ebook, and audiobook!

Coming Out Atheist cover 150Ebook edition:
The Kindle edition is available on Amazon. (That’s the link for Amazon US, btw — it’s available in other regions as well.)
The Nook edition is available at Barnes & Noble.
The Smashwords edition is available on Smashwords. Right now, it’s only available on Smashwords in epub format: I’m working to make it available in other formats.
All ebook editions and formats cost just $9.99.

Print edition: [Read more…]

“Gentle, compassionate and reassuring”: Kayley Whalen on “Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God”

Greta Christina’s book is blunt, honest and doesn’t shy away from hard truths. Yet it is also gentle, compassionate and reassuring. It is as much a guide to how to face death as it is a guide to finding meaning in life. In it, she makes the argument that atheists and other non-believers are more prepared to understand and accept the practical realities and emotions that come with death than their religious counterparts, and she makes it convincingly. And they almost certainly will be even more prepared after reading this book.

Comforting Thoughts book cover oblong 200 JPGGot a really nice blurb about my new book, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, from Kayley Whalen, Digital Strategies and Social Media Manager at the National LGBTQ Task Force. Thanks so much, Kayley!

The ebook is available at Kindle/Amazon (that’s the link for Amazon US — it’s available in other regions as well), Nook/Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. The audiobook is available at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. All ebook and audiobook editions are just $2.99. And yes, I did the recording for the audiobook. (Plans for a print edition are in the works, but there’s currently no publication date scheduled.)

Here is the description of the book: [Read more…]

“A good no nonsense advice book”: Amazon Customer Review of “Coming Out Atheist”

Got a nice customer review on Amazon for Coming Out Atheist: How To Do It, How to Help Each Other Do It, And Why! Five stars out of five. (In fact, the book now has 35 customer reviews — and 30 of them are either four- or five-star!) Here’s what allen had to say:

A good no nonsense advice book

A good no nonsense advice book. Doesn’t claim to have all the answers but does help provide readers with options which may be a good fit for them

Thanks, allen! And if any of you have read Coming Out Atheist, it’d be awesome if you’d post a review.

***

Here, by the way, is ordering info for the book in all three formats — print, ebook, and audiobook!

Coming Out Atheist cover 150Ebook edition:
The Kindle edition is available on Amazon. (That’s the link for Amazon US, btw — it’s available in other regions as well.)
The Nook edition is available at Barnes & Noble.
The Smashwords edition is available on Smashwords. Right now, it’s only available on Smashwords in epub format: I’m working to make it available in other formats.
All ebook editions and formats cost just $9.99.

Print edition: [Read more…]

“Telling the Truth, with Love”: Amazon Customer Review of “Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God”

Got a really nice customer review on Amazon of Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God. Five stars out of five. (In fact, the book now has three Amazon customer reviews, and all three are five stars.) Here’s what W. Noble, a.k.a. “noblebill,” had to say:

Telling the Truth, with Love

It’s easy to understand and to empathize with avoidances like “gone to a better place” or “passed through the veil.” But we don’t need those crutches to celebrate and honor the life of a loved one or friend. As a 76-year-old, contemplating the notion of ceasing I really value this worldwide collection of kindness and wisdom. Well-chosen, humane, deeply moving — and for the most part unlikely to trigger the religious among us. Thank you, Greta.

Thanks, noblebill! And if any of you have read Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, it’d be awesome if you’d post a review.

Comforting Thoughts book cover oblong 200 JPGThe Kindle ebook edition is available on Amazon (that’s the link for Amazon US, btw — it’s available in other regions as well); the Nook edition is available at Barnes & Noble; and the Smashwords edition is available on Smashwords. All ebook editions are $2.99. You can get the audiobook on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. The audiobook is $2.99 (discounted slightly on Amazon, of course). (Plans for a print edition are in the works.)

Here’s the description of the book:

*

If you don’t believe in God or an afterlife — how do you cope with death?

Accepting death is never easy. But we don’t need religion to find peace, comfort, and solace in the face of death. In this mini-book collection of essays, prominent atheist author Greta Christina offers secular ways to handle your own mortality and the death of those you love.

Blending intensely personal experience with compassionate, down-to-earth wisdom, Christina (“Coming Out Atheist” and “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?”) explores a variety of natural philosophies of death. She shows how reality can be more comforting than illusion, shatters the myth that there are no atheists in foxholes — and tells how humanism got her through one of the grimmest times of her life.

“In this book Greta Christina tackles the subject of death with the insight of a philosopher and the relaxed candor of a friend — that really cool, intelligent friend who understands and cares.”
-David Niose, author of Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason [Read more…]

Audiobook of “Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God” Now Available!

Comforting Thoughts book cover oblong 300The audiobook edition of my new book, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, is now available!

You can get the audiobook on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. The audiobook price is $2.99 (discounted slightly on Amazon, of course).

And yes, I did the recording for it!

The book is also available as an ebook — on Kindle at Amazon (that’s the link for Amazon US, it’s available in other regions as well), on Nook at Barnes & Noble, and at Smashwords. All ebook editions and formats cost just $2.99.

Plans for a print edition are in the works, but the publication date is not currently scheduled.

Here’s the description of the book:

*

If you don’t believe in God or an afterlife — how do you cope with death?

Accepting death is never easy. But we don’t need religion to find peace, comfort, and solace in the face of death. In this mini-book collection of essays, prominent atheist author Greta Christina offers secular ways to handle your own mortality and the death of those you love.

Blending intensely personal experience with compassionate, down-to-earth wisdom, Christina (“Coming Out Atheist” and “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?”) explores a variety of natural philosophies of death. She shows how reality can be more comforting than illusion, shatters the myth that there are no atheists in foxholes — and tells how humanism got her through one of the grimmest times of her life.

“In this book Greta Christina tackles the subject of death with the insight of a philosopher and the relaxed candor of a friend — that really cool, intelligent friend who understands and cares.”
-David Niose, author of Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason [Read more…]

“To those of us for whom traditional messages of comfort during grief do not work”: Sapphoq Reviews “Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God”

Like many atheists, I prefer to deal with the here and now rather than any promised reunion in some unnamed future [pre-rapture or post-rapture, it matters not to me] date. Advising me that “He’s in a better place,” or “Someday you’ll see him again,” feels like a denial of the totality of the loss of my father even though people don’t mean to discount my grief.

Those who identify as people of faith will find much to argue with in this book. I hasten to gently point out that this book was not written for believers. Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God was written for the rest of us– the atheists, agnostics, agnostic atheists, non-theists, free-thinkers, nones, brights. And so yes, I highly recommend Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God to those of us for whom traditional messages of comfort during grief do not work.

Comforting Thoughts book cover oblong 200 JPG There’s a very touching, thoughtful review of Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, on the sapphoq reviews books and more blog, from an atheist whose father died less than a week ago. You can read the complete review here. sapphoq, I am so sorry for your loss. I’m touched that you would take the time to write this review at this terrible time, and I’m so glad the book has been helpful to you. That’s exactly why I wrote it.

The Kindle edition is available on Amazon (that’s the link for Amazon US, btw — it’s available in other regions as well); the Nook edition is available at Barnes & Noble; and the Smashwords edition is available on Smashwords. All ebook editions and formats cost just $2.99. (The audiobook version is scheduled for publication on December 30; plans for a print edition are in the works.)

Here’s the description of the book:

*

If you don’t believe in God or an afterlife — how do you cope with death?

Accepting death is never easy. But we don’t need religion to find peace, comfort, and solace in the face of death. In this mini-book collection of essays, prominent atheist author Greta Christina offers secular ways to handle your own mortality and the death of those you love.

Blending intensely personal experience with compassionate, down-to-earth wisdom, Christina (“Coming Out Atheist” and “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?”) explores a variety of natural philosophies of death. She shows how reality can be more comforting than illusion, shatters the myth that there are no atheists in foxholes — and tells how humanism got her through one of the grimmest times of her life. [Read more…]