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Nexus Book Club

A group for those of us who like reading and books. Fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry... everything goes.

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Hello to all our new (and old) members! We'd love to hear from you; please take the time to introduce yourself either on the forum or the wall.

Feel free to discuss the books you're reading at the moment, your favorite authors or works, and so on. I'm sure everyone has a book they think others here might find interesting!

Also, don't forget to check out the page Books by A|N Members Who are Published Authors, located just under the members section on your right.


Books of Interest to Atheists and Skeptics
Breaking The Spell by Daniel Dennett
A Devil's Chaplain, by Richard Dawkins
The End of Faith, by Sam Harris
The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
God is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens
Godless, by Dan Barker
Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris
Why I am not a Christian, by Bertrand Russell

Sites for Bibliotaphs
Audible.com
BookCrossing.com
BookMooch.com
The Internet Archive
LibraryThing.com
LibriVox.org
Project Gutenburg
Shelfari.com

Discussion Forum

Haruki Murakami

Started by Nick Bottom. Last reply by Michael Mann Sep 7. 1 Reply

"Cli-fi"

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 31. 4 Replies

top 10

Started by Jeffrey. Last reply by Nick Bottom Aug 23. 17 Replies

Top 5 Books on Atheism

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Kosak Grabovsky Dec 15, 2013. 1 Reply

The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, by Leonard Mlodinow

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Keith Brian Johnson Jun 16, 2013. 5 Replies

Atheism books (beyond Hitchens, Dawkins, & Harris)

Started by Dr. Thoss. Last reply by Kelli Evans Nov 24, 2012. 52 Replies

Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" fans?

Started by Jenn Wiffen. Last reply by Joseph P Sep 10, 2012. 1 Reply

Why do they all have "happy endings"

Started by Cory D Wells. Last reply by Kosak Grabovsky Jul 24, 2012. 3 Replies

Currently Reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Started by The Big Blue Frog. Last reply by Cory D Wells Jul 24, 2012. 8 Replies

Raven’s Gate, by Anthony Horowitz

Started by A Former Member May 18, 2012. 0 Replies

The Atheist Book Club @GoodReads.com

Started by Donegal. Last reply by Jessica Mar 28, 2012. 8 Replies

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Comment by Chris Dodds on October 9, 2012 at 3:13pm

I keep seeing an ad for an alledged atheist novel called "Mirror Reversal" on this site.  Has anyone read that book?  If so, what did you think?

Comment by Brian Magee on September 28, 2012 at 10:14am

Prominent Psychologist Jon Mills Pens First Novel

First Novel as an Ebook for Humanist Press

Tackling the issue of absence of meaning many people profess about their modern lives, psychologist, philosopher, and psychoanalyst Jon Mills uses the character of Dr. Owen Ross to explore the personal power of transcendence in When God Wept, the first novel by the award-winning author.

Living in a godless universe, Ross is a Chicago psychologist who realizes that his life has become empty and meaningless after enduring a lifetime of personal pain. The character is forced to come to terms with his mother’s suicide, his father’s religiosity, his daughter’s death, and the undisclosed love he has for a female co-worker. Afflicted by an insidious apathy, he no longer cares or feels compassion for others. Upon getting divorced, he reassesses the events that constitute his life, and throughout the course of one day, becomes horrified by his existence.

“Many people in contemporary society are secretly in search of spirituality without God, yet they are often a silent voice. That is one reason why I wrote this novel,” says Mills.

John Lacks, Centennial Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University and author of In Love with Life, said of the book: “In a wonderfully perceptive account of human inadequacy, Mills reveals many of the most troubling ills of the modern world. This is a beautifully crafted, totally absorbing book.”

Depicting the toils of human existence within the decay of modern society, this novel is a journey into the human soul, examining the greater questions of authenticity, life and death, immortality, and the personal power of transcendence. Regardless of one’s background, the reader will identify with the universal themes that preoccupy us all.

M. Guy Thompson, author of The Death of Desire, said “Mills’ powerful and reflective novel is destined to have the same impact on twenty-first century readers that Sartre, Camus, and Kafka had on the twentieth. A splendid, contemporary achievement!”

The novel is the first title produced exclusively as a Ebook by Humanist Press and can be found online at HumanistPress.com, along with dozens of other titles. When God Wept is also available at major online Ebook retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Dr. Jon Mills is director of Mills Psychology Prof. Corp. in Pickering, Ontario, and Professor of Psychology & Psychoanalysis, Adler Graduate Professional School, Toronto. He is also the editor of two international book series, and author or editor of over 100 publications including 12 books. In 2006 & 2011, he was recognized with a Gradiva Award for his scholarship from the Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in New York City, and in 2008 was given a Significant Contribution to Canadian Psychology Award by the Section on Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association.

He lives with his wife and daughters in Ajax, ON.

A chapter excerpt can be found here: http://wdn.ipublishcentral.net/american_humanist_association/viewin...

Comment by Craig Evans on September 8, 2012 at 3:39am

The last couple of comments are interesting. I myself have an ongoing project to read works with a theological basis, keeping a skeptical mind.

Currently: Harvey Cox's "Secular City" from 1967... almost a "christian history"... purported to be one of the best works on Protestant theology of the 20th century.

Comment by Aiden on August 20, 2012 at 5:29pm

That's funny Jennifer... my local Skeptics group actually does a bible study too.

Comment by Jennifer Hancock on August 19, 2012 at 2:35pm

For anyone who wants to read the Bible in a group setting - I started a Humanist Bible Study - come join us - http://humanistbible.blogspot.com/

Comment by Brian Magee on July 31, 2012 at 2:34pm

Luis Granados Delivers Damned Good Company: Twenty Rebels Who Bucked the God Experts
Latest Humanist Press Ebook Includes Online Reader Commentary, Linked Videos


For immediate release

Contact:
Humanist Press: Brian Magee, 202-238-9088 ex. 105, Mobile: (202) 681-2425 bmagee@americanhumanist.org
Luis Granados, Author: luis@luisgranados.com

(Washington, DC – July 31, 2012) – The power that comes from religious authority has been at the center of all human societies from time immemorial–but those claims of sovereignty have been disputed for just as long. In Damned Good Company: Twenty Rebels Who Bucked the God Experts, author Luis Granados explores twenty cases, from Socrates to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, of brave challenges against those claiming a special authority from God.

Damned Good Companyis a book about people, not about God. People who have preached about God, taken money for sharing what they say they know about God, and ordered others about to enforce what they claim to be God’s will–and a small band of heroes who stood up to them.

In short, Damned Good Company is a Profiles in Courage for humanists.

Some of the twenty heroes of Damned Good Company are well-known: Erasmus, Voltaire, Thomas Paine, Clarence Darrow, Atatürk, Nehru, Steve Biko. Others are not: people like Han Yü, banished from the 9thcentury Chinese court for questioning the worship of the Buddha’s finger, and Lucy Harris, who came within an inch of deflating Mormonism before it got off the ground.

Each hero is contrasted with a villain of his or her time and place: either a God expert like Martin Luther or Joseph Smith or a cynical politician like Mussolini, who never believed in God but exploited religion shamelessly to advance his political ambition.

The stories in Damned Good Companywill inspire those today who want to stand up to the Christian Right, the Muslim fanatics, the oppressiveness of Catholic and Jewish orthodoxy, the rising Hindu Taliban, and everyone else who claims a God-given right to tell the rest of us what to do.

This enhanced ebook has been extensively researched, with over 1,100 footnotes. It takes full advantage of state-of-the-art features with over 100 photographs, online reader comments, linked videos, and hundreds of useful web links.

Damned Good Company is available from www.HumanistPress.comand all major online ebook retailers.

A chapter excerpt can be found here: http://wdn.ipublishcentral.net/american_humanist_association/viewin...

Brief video summaries of each chapter can be found here: https://vimeo.com/album/2002877

A book launch party will take place on Sept. 20, 2012, 7-9 pm, at The Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003.

Comment by Liz McLellan on July 22, 2012 at 4:35pm

Hey Folks - Liz here...aka cityzenjane (on youtube) - I am interested in a book list on the Founders, Separation of Church and State etc... US History...hopefully not from a theists perspective. I have Steven Waldron's book Founding Faith - but he runs Belief.NET so I am not sure how annoying I will or will not find it. Do you have any good books you can recommend along these lines?

Thanks for all you do! This looks like a thriving community!

Comment by Ian Mason on June 20, 2012 at 2:47pm

Just finished James Joyce "Portrait of the artist as a young man". Those Jesuits were fucking mental terrorists, claimint to know every detail of the sufferings in Hell. What a sadistic imagination.

Comment by Brian Magee on June 20, 2012 at 2:19pm

Is Molly hopeful or is she simply happy?

Visit www.HopeInSmallDoses.com

More videos found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyfgFw8O2MI&feature=list_related...

Comment by Brian Magee on June 1, 2012 at 3:53pm

The latest book from Humanist Press is now available: Hope in Small Doses from Nikki Stern.

Rejecting hope that counts on divine providence or a guaranteed outcome, she embraces a version driven not by expectation but by possibility. Her hope is at once grounded in reason, energized by discovery, imbued with awe, and fueled by faith in our capacity to grow. Feisty, funny and deeply moving, Hope in Small Doses offers a workable blueprint for a life fully lived.

Visit www.HopeInSmallDoses.com

Available as a paperback or ebook.

 
 
 

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