Ready to start reading books again?
For fall, we’ll start out with two books written by Skepchick readers. It looks like Rebecca was too busy to introduce a reading selection for July and since August has already been dented, we’ll start off easy with a novel.
The Tea House: A Novel by Paul Elwork
Emily Stewart has a secret. So does her brother, Michael. Thirteen years old, precocious and privileged, the Stewart twins are just beginning to learn the power of secrets.
During the summer of 1925, the twins discover a game of pretending to contact the dead. In the garden playhouse of their riverfront estate home, neighborhood children gather to be in the presence of the unknown and test their bravery. When adults become involved, the twins find themselves dabbling in the uncertain territory of human grief, and the game truly becomes a matter of life and death.
Inspired by and loosely based on the true story of the Fox sisters, this deeply compassionate debut novel delivers a suspenseful story that delves into the truths lying at the very heart of families.
Many books that challenge religious belief from a skeptical point of view take a combative tone that is almost guaranteed to alienate believers or they present complex philosophical or scientific arguments that fail to reach the average reader. Journalist Guy P. Harrison argues that this is an ineffective way of encouraging people to develop critical thinking about religion. In this unique approach to skepticism regarding God, Harrison concisely presents fifty commonly heard reasons people often give for believing in a God and then he raises legitimate questions regarding these reasons, showing in each case that there is much room for doubt.
Then we’ll move on to two selections recommended by Skepchick readers:
Recommended by limadea
I just finished The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby, the author of Freethinkers. It was a great look at American’s attitude to intellectualism, from individuals to politics, etc.
And our first children’s book, suggested by Zoltan
I have an unusual suggestion: a children’s book – you can read it cover to cover in an hour. However, for any of you skeptics wanting to share ideas with your kids, it’s an excellent place to start. (I don’t have kids, but I like this book anyway.)
The book is The Ghost on Saturday Night by Sid Fleischman. A story about a con artist, foiled by a kid and his clever aunt. Stuffed full of fine, critical reasoning on a kid level. I highly recommend it.