"As much as we can, whenever we can, we have to tell our stories. Exactly as the writers in this book have done." -from the Foreword by Greta Christina

Atheists have turned a corner in public visibility in recent years, but they nevertheless remain one of America’s most misunderstood and mistrusted groups of people. Atheist Voices of Minnesota attempts to address these preconceptions by letting thirty-six atheists openly share their personal and unique stories. The results are touching, fascinating, and diverse. This collection is an excellent introduction to atheism, and will inspire other atheists to come out to their family and friends. With a Foreword by Greta Christina.

These are fresh, honest, delightful, often poignant essays. ... They show us atheists as individuals with specific hopes, concerns, and reasons for rejecting religion. ... a surprisingly wide sample of how today's atheists think, feel, live, and connect with others. —Russell Blackford, co-editor of 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists, author of Freedom of Religion and the Secular State

This collection of very personal stories beautifully illustrates the variety of ideas and feelings that characterize atheism. Some are narratives of struggle and the triumph of reason and freedom; others relate with gentle amusement or joyful confidence vignettes from the ordinary lives of non-believers. ... Their thoughtful perspectives will be illuminating to people of any faith, or none. Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons, senior minister of the First Unitarian Society

By letting a diverse group of atheists actually speak for themselves, Atheist Voices of Minnesota promotes a positive view of atheism in the best possible way. This anthology not only corrects popular misconceptions about atheists but it's also a clarion call for other atheists to come out and become active. —David Silverman, president of American Atheists

A chorus not of arguments and positions but of shared human lives. At turns smart, funny, and deeply touching ... Any atheist in any corner of the world is sure to find a reflection of his or her own journey in these pages, while the religious believer can learn how very much we all have in common after all. —Dale McGowan, author and editor of Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers

Witty and wise, personal and universal, these short essays are a welcome addition to the current literature on atheism. —Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Doubt: A History and The End of the Soul

This is an important compilation of what it means to be godless, how difficult it can be to come out publicly as an atheist, and why faith is not a virtue. Not only do I see a lot of my own history in this collection, the variety of voices speak to current and future atheists all across the country. ... I highly recommend it. —Hemant Mehta, author of the FriendlyAtheist.com

This is a rich and compelling fabric of first-person accounts by atheists of every variety and from every walk of life. If you want to develop a visceral sense of who makes up the nation's fastest-growing minority, this is book you need to read. Tom Flynn, executive director of The Council for Secular Humanism, editor of Free Inquiry

The heartfelt stories in this book from old and young, rich and poor, gay and straight, men and women, and people from all walks of life makes it difficult to stereotype atheists. For every person who so publicly comes out and promotes atheism and puts it in a positive light as these writers have done, I expect dozens more will follow throughout the country. Herb Silverman, founder and president of the Secular Coalition for America