Greta Christina’s Wonderful New eBook Is Now Available

Several years ago, Greta Christina wrote a post about why atheists are angry that still resonates with a lot of people today.

She has now fleshed out those thoughts and turned it into a wonderful new book, Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Thing That Piss Off the Godless:

I read it a few weeks ago and wasn’t kidding or exaggerating when I offered this blurb:

Greta has done something truly impressive with this book: She explains in a calm, reasonable, and thoughtful way exactly why she’s a pissed-off, angry atheist. She’s not alone, though, and it’s not only other atheists who will agree with her. In fact, I *dare* religious people to read this book and not come away furious at the often awful impact faith has had on the world, even if they don’t believe they’re responsible for it. I may be a “friendly atheist” online, but Greta definitely speaks for me in this book.

Even if you’re an atheist and know damn well why you’re angry, treat yourself to this book. I know, it’s like you’re buying a book designed to frustrate you, but it’ll also inspire you to channel your rage into action. Better yet, tell your religious friends to buy it. They need to understand where we’re coming from.

If Kindle isn’t your thing, the book will be available for the Nook and in print form soon.

Greta, congratulations for doing something monumental and timely — It takes a lot of work to put together a book like this, especially without the help of a publisher or agent. When you’re that talented and savvy, you don’t need either.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://twitter.com/TominousTone Tom Lawson

    Reading right now…so far, so good. Good quotes. Great reading for anyone taking a bus to the Reason Rally.

  • http://wordsideasandthings.blogspot.com/ Garren

    Is there some way I could get a sense of the length? 272 KB is not something I can relate to.

    • http://twitter.com/TominousTone Tom Lawson

      About 210 pages…

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    Will wait for the print version. Some of us cannot afford Kindel’s and Nook’s. I know, a poor atheist, such a shame. 

    • Heather

      Same here, brother. Looks like a great read either way and I too will have to pick up a physical copy sometime.

    • http://wordsideasandthings.blogspot.com/ Garren

      Both Kindle and Nook e-books can be read in free applications for Windows or OS X.

      They’re very happy to sell you books even if you don’t have their hardware!

      • Anonymous

        While true, reading on a PC screen isn’t the easiest on the eyes, whereas the vast majority of eBook readers have displays designed to treat your eyes much like paper would over a long course of reading. On the whole I wouldn’t recommend eBooks to someone without a proper eBook reader.

        • Mairianna

          Sounds like a solid reason for me to invest in a Kindle or Nook!  

    • LutherW

       Worse that that. It is not available for Nook.

      • Emily

        I just downloaded it on my Nook.

  • Rebecca

    I just downloaded it. Looking forward to reading it on the way to to the Reason Rally 

  • http://twitter.com/TominousTone Tom Lawson

    I’d have to wager that it’s about 210 pages or so.

  • Cutencrunchy

    I’d like to find excerpts and quotes and bits pieces or whatever to get a feel for her writing and the content if anyone has some to share. My hunch on the answer in a nut shell is Sweet syrupy oppression without voice.

    • http://nathandst.blogspot.com NathanDST

      Have you tried reading her blog? She has a post that is based on the talk that this book is based on. 
      http://freethoughtblogs.com/greta/2007/10/15/atheists-and-an/

      Better yet, if you can find a video of the talk she gives, that’s probably better. When I saw her give it, it was excellent. Although, apparently she was actually combining two talks in that one, and I don’t know if she kept that version going forward or not. 

      I’m not sure what you mean by “sweet syrupy oppression without voice,” but I can assure you, she has Voice!

    • Gyldenkam

      There’s a “look inside” feature on Amazon where you can read the first pages.

    • Nicole Harris

       Here is a link to her “Why are Atheists so Angry?” talk at Skepticon IV:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUI_ML1qkQE

      She’s absolutely amazing.  I saw her give this talk a few weeks ago and it’s just ridiculously inspiring.  If you are in the atheist movement because of the longing for social change, she will light a fire under your ass.

  • phaceplant

    Hemant, please let us know when you hear when the print version becomes available!

    • Annie

      Yes, please do!  I have a kindle, but would prefer a paper copy for this.  It will be good to leave out on the cocktail table for a fun discussion starter!

  • http://murrbrewster.blogspot.com/ Murr Brewster

    It sounds great. Although I certainly should count myself among the atheist population, I rarely refer to myself that way. God is just the answer to a question I never ask myself.

  • Anonymous

    I just bought the book for my kindle for iPhone. I’ve read the introduction and she has articulately outlined how the book is set up. I already know I’m in for a good read!!!

  • Anonymous

    I’m thru chapter 1 and I’m pissed off! No jk but wow what insight and critical thinking!!! This book has giving me a lot to think about and I just started chapter 2.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve just finished chapter 2 and I can’t put this book down.

  • Anonymous

    Just finished chapter 3. Some of her ideas are inline with things I’ve read by Hitchens and I myself think too. 1 example is the idea of hell being a form of child abuse! I love my children very much and couldn’t imagine making them touch a flame for a second much more infinity for displeasing me. So how could an alleged loving god do it?

  • Anonymous

    Lots of great stuff in chapter 4. I know quite a few progressive Christian my self and I am now armed with a better debate as to the why and how they’re holding us back as well.

  • chicago dyke, evolved outlaw

    if i weren’t dedicating every spare dollar to a home improvement project right now, i would buy this. even tho i’ve read her blog for years and i’m sure i’ve already read each post/chapter in it in some form or another. i adore GC. but i don’t have any religious friends to push it on. for years now, other than my BIL and a couple of clients, i have no religious friends. 

  • http://twitter.com/silo_mowbray Silo Mowbray

    Greta is a fiercely thorough thinker and an articulate writer. We could do a lot worse to have someone of her abilities helping the cause of Reason.

    I’ll wait for the dead tree version, and I’ll be buying three copies. One for me, one for my kids, and one to gift to a friend.

  • El Yobo

    I’d love to buy it, but “This title is not available for customers from your location in: Africa” according to Amazon (currently on holiday in Morocco, maybe in a few weeks I can check it out).

  • http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com/ Ani Sharmin

    I very much enjoyed Greta’s book. Some of the material was familiar from her blog, but I like how she put it all together and added new content. Something I’ve always loved about her writing is that she tries to predict things she knows people will say and responds to them beforehand.


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