My first thought when I read the title of my new book was, “Is this really going to be a book about a man who became an atheist?,” because that’s what I wanted to know.
But my curiosity was piqued when I was presented with this title, which is a book that discusses an atheist’s journey from atheist to a devout Christian.
It’s the story of how I came to be an atheist.
Before we dive into my book, I want to share with you some background on me.
My father was a Lutheran minister and I’ve always felt that there was something different about him.
Growing up in a very conservative town, I grew up believing in the supremacy of the Bible.
My dad taught that we need to obey God and we need only follow the Bible, which he felt was true.
But he was very strict about following the Bible when it came to matters like politics, so I had to get out of church, which was quite a struggle.
My parents didn’t really accept my faith and I had very little friends who did.
I was the only one of my siblings who didn’t go to church, and I thought my parents were very cruel.
But as a child, I was always curious about God and I always felt like I knew what he was doing.
And I always knew what I was supposed to be doing, so it was like, “Wow, that’s awesome!”
I was a kid who didn.
My older sister was a lesbian.
My younger sister was more of a tomboy and so was I, and we were really close.
I didn’t want to be around them and I didn, so one day I got in trouble for playing in the playground with a girl who was a tomboys.
My mom was in the school, so we were separated from the rest of the kids and my dad had to come and take care of the girls.
The next day, my dad took me to the principal’s office and said, “I want you to know that I don’t want you in my house anymore.
I want you out of the school.
I have to be with my children, not with my wife.
And this is how you get out, you are an atheist!”
I said, I don.
I wanted out of that house.
My brother had already left, and my sister had been in the other house with a man.
And my dad came in and told him that he was a pedophile and I was going to get arrested for trespassing and a violation of curfew.
So he had to go.
And he did.
And when he went back in the house, he was wearing a beard and a suit, and he had the keys to the house.
He had the same face that he had seen when he was 12 years old, which I remember him wearing, but he was really old now.
He said, Well, I’m an old man now, so you know I won’t be around anymore.
He just took me out and I said I was an atheist and I wanted my dad to leave.
And his response was, You’ll never be around again.
And then he told me I could come to his house, and that he would take me there.
So I walked into the house and I got out of there.
My sister and I went to the door and he opened it and there was my dad in his suit, holding a Bible.
And it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.
I could not believe that he knew how to open a Bible, even though he said, Oh, that will make the boys go crazy.
My family is really conservative, and it’s kind of sad that we are a little bit of an anomaly in this town.
I mean, there are other kids who have faith and are religious, but not my family.
And in fact, my father was one of the most fundamentalist pastors I’ve ever known.
I remember when I first came to the United States, my first experience with faith was when I attended a Christian college.
My mother taught in the seminary and my father taught at a Catholic school.
So it was very different.
And we had a very difficult relationship because of that, and they were not really my kind of people.
They were very judgmental of all of my friends, especially my sister.
They called her the witch and told her, “You’re a lesbian and you’re just going to marry a girl.”
And they took her out of her room and locked her in a closet, and she was in a really terrible place.
And she told me, Well God told me that I should have been baptized, and now I have no choice.
My first experience was with my father and my mother.
And so I was really shocked when I came back from my first year of college and I saw my mother in a church.
My stepfather, he had gone to the same church as my father