Now retired, I lived and worked overseas (Asia and Europe) for many years during a lengthy career with the CIA. I served in the Marine Corps (4 years) and am a 1965 graduate of the University of Oregon. I'm still married (51 years) to my first true love and have one son and two grandchildren. My formative years were spent in Colorado, Idaho, and Oregon; I have lived in the Washington D.C. area off-and-on for the past 45 years. My enjoyment of writing and a life-long interest in religious thought and behavior combined to produce "Answering Aunt Bertha."
on Jan. 19, 2013 :
John Steiner's book is one that should be read & discussed by the masses. I couldn't put it down! For those who believe, it might give them an intelligent perspective of others. For nonbelievers, it might help them better explain or understand their beliefs. For those in the middle (probably the vast majority) it might help explore one's beliefs or lack thereof - maybe influencing future actions. Regardless of what you believe, in "Bertha" you will find a wonderfully written memoir filled with thought-provoking examples & personal experiences that clearly articulate the author's comprehensive study into what he sees as blind, often hypocritical faith. What he believes isn't for everyone, but how he's written it is worth every moment of your time to read and consider it.
(review of free book)
on June 07, 2012 :
John Steiner has produced an entertaining, thoughtful and courageous piece of work. It is a very personal account, straight from the heart with much humour and humility - less "intellectual" than Dawkins, less strident than Hitchens. It reveals honest reflection and conviction based on his own experience of 'received behaviour' that one is not supposed to question. I admire his courage in putting this to paper, challenging the hypocrisy, the inconsistency and the sheer improbability of all religion, especially as he knowingly challenges values cherished by many of his own family.
(review of free book)
on May 22, 2012 :
What Mr. Steiner's logic has taught him over the years has provided an excellent informative and an almost 100% scientifically accurate book about faith.
I'll be recommending this one to friends.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 06, 2011 :
The essence of Mr. Steiner's book is contained in his assertion that "The only real truth about God is that none of us really know the truth. The devout should stop claiming they have all the answers." This is a well-argued, entertaining book that fits comfortably on the shelf next to the likes of Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris. Value is added to the genre by its autobiographical nature. Aunt Bertha is real, and much in need of "answering." The fact that Steiner was raised in the evangelical tradition lends his book both credibility and poignancy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)