God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher HitchensNonfiction
This was not the book I thought it was going to be. I suppose I expected an atheistic rant against Christendom but it wasn't that at all. And, I expected that because many of my Christian friends warned me not to read it.......which, naturally made me want to read it more as I am something of a rebel and don't like to follow any one's lead. I like to check things out for myself and then decide.
I'm glad I did. The author does not specifically pick one religion but fairly discusses many different religions and some things they all have in common: subjugation of women, wars fought on supposed religious grounds, ridiculousness of food practices (i.e. pork, 'Fish Friday', etc.).
I really liked this book. It caused me to examine my own prejudices and long-held beliefs and ask myself the Why's of what I believe and practice. There is a danger with this book--it will cause you to think and probably re-evaluate your own world views on religions that are different than your own. You might be surprised to find how many commonalities there are more so than differences.
I sincerely believe this will cause no one to become an atheist but probably rather become a stronger proponent of their faith. Any faith that cannot stand up to some examination isn't much of a faith, I find. And, really, I believe that society focuses too much on things about religion that just isn't very important in the long run (example--month long Facebook rants about 'X-mas' takes the Christ out of Christmas, which of course is ridiculous as a learned Christian knows that the X is actually another marker, or symbol, of Christ from long ago).
It was very interesting but would probably be offensive to some ultra-conservatives. Of course,they wouldn't go near it with a ten foot pole anyway just based on the title.