A Freethinker's Gospel: Essays for a Sacred Secular World
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Soothing and stimulating at the same time, these very digestible "meditations" show how a secular writer can convey very timely and worthy messages without being quarrelsome. Kudos to Chris Highland for taking us down this pleasant path of wisdom and realism."
Linda LaScola, co-founder of The Clergy Project
co-author, Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind
Chris Highland does a wonderful job introducing the atheist perspective to an audience that may not otherwise seek it out. Without being confrontational, he raises important questions while helping readers understand that atheists are a vital part of their community.
Hemant Mehta, editor, FriendlyAtheist.com
I often meet good people who feel lost and lonely because they've lost faith, friends, or family or, worst of all, all three in one fell swoop ... How grateful I am to introduce such wanderers to Chris Highland, a wise, compassionate guide who has blazed his own trail through the wilderness on the other side of faith.
Bart Campolo, Humanist Chaplain, U. of Cincinnati
host, Humanize Me podcast
This seminal work by former minister/chaplain Chris Highland is captivating, intriguing, and challenging. Each chapter is a gem in itself, and together they make for a powerful book by a very enlightened and savvy professional.
John S. Compere, PhD; VP, The Clergy Project
author, Outgrowing Religion
I was particularly struck with [the] straight to the heart and straight to the point presentation.... [A] very nice mix of well crafted, substantive columns.
Laurence Cotton, historian
producer, Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America
"While he may no longer be a believer, Chris Highland has not lost his pastor's heart. He continues to teach and challenge, to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, drawing on everyone from Henry Thoreau to Stevie Wonder. Taken to heart, this book will see walls come tumbling down, walls that keep us from one another."
author, Life Beyond Belief: A Preacher's Deconversion
"What I love about this book is that it truly -- and intentionally -- honors questions, not answers. Chris himself has lots of questions -- and he is very comfortable not having answers for them ... Chris muses and reflects, wonders as he wanders. The essays are varied, inspiring, informative and creative. His gentle style builds bridges and opens doors with folks of many faiths, and those with no religious connection at all. He can raise thorny questions as well, which awakens a sharpness of vision and awareness. This book is a great companion for time alone, or for stimulating conversation with others."
Sara Vurek, Buddhist, Board Certified Clinical Chaplain
"Chris Highland's ... articles are delightful and stimulating excursions for anyone interested in how beliefs affect the way we relate to each other. His genuine interest in the thoughts of others, and his willingness to describe his own, reveals a well-grounded sensibility that seeks to bridge the gaps between people divided by the beliefs or doubts that we happen to hold."
Jim Gronvold, former shelter administrator and counselor
author, Pith & Piffle: overt verse