(RNS) Greta Christina has a question for closeted atheists: Ask your openly gay and lesbian friends if their lives are better for coming out.
The answer, almost universally, she claims, is yes.
That’s the message of her new book, “Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why.” A well-known atheist activist, author, blogger and speaker, Christina will speak at the American Atheists convention in Salt Lake City this weekend (April 17-20), an event geared to raising the public profile of those who do not believe in God.
It’s a good story: it covers both how atheists are stigmatized and why coming out helps. And it does a good job drawing parallels between the atheist movement and the LGBT movement — which I think makes the story more personal, and gets the issues across to people who might not be familiar with them. Many thanks to the story’s author, Kimberly Winston!
So I have a quick favor to ask y’all. If you — or anyone you know — works for a newspaper that uses wire service stories, please let them know about this! Getting this into mainstream papers could get out the word about the book — and the ideas in it — to a lot of people who aren’t cued into organized atheism and might not otherwise hear about it. (The RNS story about Grief Beyond Belief was how it got into USA Today.) This piece has been picked up by the Washington Post — if more papers pick it up, it could get the word out to more people who really need it. Thanks!
And here, once again, is ordering information for the book if you’re interested — in ebook, print, and audiobook.
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.
The print edition is now available through Powell’s Books.
The print edition is also available at Amazon. However, be advised (if you haven’t been already) that seriously abusive labor practices have been reported at Amazon warehouses. Please bear that in mind when you’re deciding where to buy my book — or indeed, where to buy anything. (For the records: Powell’s employees are unionized.) Again, that’s the link for Amazon US — it’s available in other regions as well.
The print edition is $17.95 USD. It is being published by Pitchstone Publishing.
Wholesale sales of the print edition:
Bookstores and other retailers can get the book from Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and other standard wholesale distributors. It can also be purchased directly from the publisher, Pitchstone Publishing.
The audiobook version is available on Audible.
The audiobook is also available through Amazon.
The audiobook is also available through iTunes.
And yes, I did the recording for it!