Why a New Christian Book Focusing on Girls’ Changing Bodies Mostly Misses the Mark

When I was at Grove City College, one of my professors asked us if we identified with our bodies as our physical selves. That question was revolutionary to me, a child of evangelical church culture. To my Catholic peers, this idea was easy, even catechized for them to the point of blasé assumption. But I had never thought about it before — and apparently Dannah Gresh and Suzy Weibel haven’t really considered it, either.

Their new book, It’s Great to Be a Girl!: A Guide to Your Changing Body, is meant to be a quick, interactive, and approachable guidebook for prepubescent girls about health and beauty. (Sort of like the Christian response to the American Girl series The Care and Keeping of You.) It touches briefly on everything from mother/daughter relationships, hair care ideas, balanced food portioning, exercise, and the female reproductive system.



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Generation Atheist is Free This Weekend

My friend Dan Riley wrote a book a while back called Generation Atheist. It’s a collection of true stories about people who transitioned from godly to godless.

For the rest of the weekend (through Monday), the book is free on Kindle. I urge you to get your copy now if you haven’t already!

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Who Are We and Where Did We Come From? A New Book Offers Scientific Responses to These Questions and More

In their new book Discovering Our World: Humanity’s Epic Journey from Myth to Knowledge (Pitchstone Publishing, 2015), Paul Singh and John R. Shook offer scientific explanations to questions normally reserved for religion: Who are we? Where did we come from? What determines our destiny?

In the excerpt below, the authors explain why we have a moral imperative to save our planet:

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Former Pastor Dan Barker Has Written the Ultimate Rebuttal to Rick Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Life

In 2002, Pastor Rick Warren published The Purpose Driven Life, which went on to sell more than 30,000,000 copies. The book is all about how we can live to satisfy the Christian God through worship and ministry and being Christ-like and so on.

Now, Dan Barker, the former pastor and current co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has provided a fantastic rebuttal with his latest book.

It’s called Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning (Pitchstone Publishing, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Barker goes right to the heart of Warren’s thesis:

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Your Child’s Going to Hear About Hell Anyway, So Should You Be the First to Bring It Up?

Wendy Thomas Russell, who joined us on the podcast recently, is the author of a new book called Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious (Brown Paper Press, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Russell discusses whether you should discuss Hell with your child:

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