The comment you left on God's page addressed to Mark cracked me up!:
"Wow, slam dunk, Mark. I tried to find some Bible verses to refute your claims, but I can't lay my hands on a single one. Love it is, then."
Thanks for the laugh!
Just read your comment on the FSM . . . loved it! Atheism needs more humor. On the other hand, if we don't take ourselves as seriously as the believers, reason won't win. Still, gotta love that Noodle of All Noodles.
I just wanted to tell you that I bought PBB the instant I heard about it (I think it was a review in the Times or Newsweek or something). It is dog-eared, torn, highlighted, written in, dirty, bent, the spine is broken, and it has been wonderful. Thank you for such a great book not only for me as an Atheist mom, but as a first-time mom as well. I have recommended it to all moms I come across both non-religious and religious.
I suppose some might see the cover as a coming together of parent and child in the act of prayer (is that why some hated it?), but the subtitle across the top surely would eliminate the ambiguity. And if a religious person bought it by mistake, where's the harm? He or she might learn something.
Parenting Beyond Belief is such a great book. It came a little too late for me--my daughter was already in college when it came out--but it was such a great concept I knew I had to read it. The cover illustration is just genius!
Great to see you here. Just ordered your book - our oldest is 5.5 and we're starting to think about how to address the emerging issues of our secular beliefs in this largely religious society.