People are leaving fundamental religions every year and often bringing children in tow. While there are a slew of books for adults leaving religion, the resources for kids are slim...MEANING I COULDN'T FIND A SINGLE KIDS BOOK FOR LEAVING RELIGION until now!
I grew up in a fundamental religion and consequently started raising my children in that same religion. A little over a year ago I discovered some things about the religion that I could not reconcile with faith. A quick trip down the rabbit hole and I was done. My husband and I decided that it would be best to stop affiliating with that church.
We brought the information to our children at a level that they would be able to understand. They decided to stop affiliating as well but it was very hard for them. Most of the little kids in our neighborhood and most of their friends at school were members of our old religion. They got asked all the time why they weren’t attending. Our daughter in particular said that she felt very alone and that she was the "only one going through this”.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
We have been able to meet up with families in similar situations from all kinds of religious backgrounds and that has been very helpful. The resources available for adults who leave religion are vast and include everything from podcast to subreddits, and memoirs to facebook groups. Sadly, the resources for kids are slim.
I HAVE A DREAM....
I really do. I want to live in a world where you can leave religion with your dignity intact regardless of your age. Until that day comes, I have started a series of books to help kids (and families) leaving religion.
The first book in the series tackles my daughters first concern, that she is alone. The book “My Faith Transition” is written in whimsical prose and goes on a journey with 5 kids leaving the fundamental faiths of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Mormonism, and Jehovah Witness. It normalizes choosing to leave a religion and shows that people of all sorts of faith backgrounds change their minds. The book delicately touches on the subject of being rejected by people of the faith and also on the bond that humans can have regardless of faith. The goal of this book can be summed up in a few of its stanzas.
The second book titled “What Do I Believe In?” was inspired by one of my kids friends. They asked my child one day, “If you don’t believe in church, then what do you believe in?”. My child came home upset that we believed in “nothing”. I hadn’t realized up until then that I taught my children to tie up all values with belief in a church. This book is a “guess the clue” conversation between a mother and daughter dinosaur about the values that people can hold regardless of faith beliefs.
All or Nothing
This kickstarter campaign is all or nothing. Either it gets funded and we finish the illustrations and ship out the books or it doesn’t. That’s the way that kickstarter works. Make sure to share this with people in your life that you think would benefit from it and a HUGE thanks in advance for any and all support that this campaign gets.
But I Don’t Have a Child That Left Religion
That’s ok. Wouldn’t it be great if public libraries had books for children who are leaving religion? You can contribute to the campaign and indicate that you would like your book donated.
I Do Have a Child, But We Didn't Leave a Religion
These books allow you to teach your children about another subset of children, ones who have left religions and have to navigate a new life without them.
So What Is The Time Frame?
These are the goals that I would like to stick to, but you will notice that I put the "estimated delivery date" as further down the line. I would like to under promise and over deliver.
What does the funding look like?
How To Help?
Contributing to the campaign and spreading the word will help the most.
I have a facebook page setup for updates on the campaign as well. You can visit, like, and share from that page. https://www.facebook.com/Leaving-Religion-Library-1711861642256518.
Risks and challenges
As with any campaign, there are risks. I am at the mercy of the printing companies that I will be using and they are at the mercy of Mother Nature and any other unforeseen calamity. Barring anything like that, I believe the risks are fairly minimal. If for some reason you are unhappy with something in this process, please reach out to me and I will do my best to resolve your concerns.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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