How does Seth Andrews, a Bible believing, God-fearing Christian radio DJ, become the host of a popular Atheist podcast radio show, with over 250,000 listeners and a devoted online community called The Thinking Atheist? Well, it didn’t happen overnight, but according to Seth Andrews tell-all book, De-converted: A Journey From Religion To Reason, the road getting there, was sure worth the trip.
Seth’s story telling ability really shines throughout this book. From his ability to describe how it was like to be raised in the buckle of the Bible belt, Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Where Christianity is more than just a belief system, but a way of life) To the heart wrenching pain he went through when coming out as an Atheist to his loved ones. I believe a big part of the reason why The Thinking Atheist community has such a devout following is because his story resonates with so many people. He’s just a normal guy, looking for answers in this crazy, messed up world.
Before I bought this book, I was already familiar with Seth’s podcast and have enjoyed listening to him for some time now. If you haven’t listen to one of his podcast episodes, I highly recommend you do so before reading this book. (Or you can just purchase the audio book) Seth has a voice made for radio. It’s warm, rich and full of character and you will find that when you read this book, the words on each page will echo his wonderful voice.
While Seth’s main goal is to get people to think and to seek the truth wherever it may lead, his approach isn’t as volatile as some of the New Atheists. (Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, David Silverman) But don’t think for a second that he pulls any punches. Seth is clearly on a mission to be a voice of reason and reject the religious dogma that once held him prisoner for so many years.