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  1. In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families
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  2. In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families

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The claim is often made that interfaith marriages fail more often than same-faith partnerships. So what are the chances of survival for the ultimate mixed marriage--one between religious and nonreligious partners? Nearly 20 percent of Americans now self-identify as nonreligious, including millions who are married to religious believers. Despite the differences, many of these marriages succeed beautifully. In this landmark book, popular author and secular humanist Dale McGowan explores some of the stories of these unions, whose very endurance flies in the face of conventional wisdom, including his own marriage to a believing Christian. Drawing on sociology, psychology, and real-life experience, he shares: ● Negotiation tips that set the stage for harmonious relationships ● Strategies for dealing with pressure from extended family ● Profiles of families who have successfully blended different world views ● Insights for helping kids make their own choices about religious identity ● Advice for handling holidays, churchgoing, baptism, circumcision, religious literacy, and more The first book of its kind, In Faith and In Doubt helps partners navigate the complexities of their situation while celebrating the extraordinary richness it affords their relationship, their children, and those around them.

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McGowan is one of the most mature atheists I've read. He has truly moved past the no-God angst that plagues most of us. This book calmed me down, caused me to redouble my efforts to be kind to my wife, and gave me new hope for our relationship.
This book is not just for couples. I participated in the survey and was so happy to be asked detailed questions about what I actually believe and how important those beliefs are instead of simple god/no god questions. Those simpler questions can't grasp the complex spiritual landscape in America today. McGowan shows how few people match their beliefs to what their church says. Yet, people do identify with their religion, an important point that is often missed.

A key point covered is how dogmatism can kill relationships, regardless of that being religious or non-religious dogmatism. This really should be obvious, but gets lost in discussions about religion. The book includes great advice for anyone attempting to reach across the belief divide and is hopeful about a future where children choose their spiritual path and everyone recognizes the value of others.
I'm currently dating an atheist, and I identify with Southern Baptist/Non-denominational Christianity. The past couple of years has been really hard for me as I reevaluate what I believe and why I believe it and how it fits into my relationship with a non-believer. There isn't a lot of literature on relationships of mixed beliefs/religions that I've found that isn't biased. While this is, it's in support of mixed relationships, while still pointing out the problems logically. This book was well written (not stuffy or presumptuous) and provided feedback on how to solve certain problems that arise, and that I've been experiencing, like disrespect, traditions, thoughts about future children, how to handle families, etc. I also really liked reading the couples' stories because they were relatable. Overall, I'm really glad I bought this book and I plan to discuss it with my boyfriend after he reads it.
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