Books Not Directly Related to Mormonism

For part 1 of my book recommendations, I have decided to list the non-fiction books that helped me question my original beliefs even though these have little to no direct connection to Mormonism.

In other words, I don’t believe these are “anti” anything.

In listing books here I’m not even saying that I agree with 100% that is written inside, but they did challenge me to think.  They opened my eyes to a way of thinking about facts and the world around me that I hadn’t encountered before. A couple of the authors included here are well-know atheists but I found these particular books to be their earlier or less confrontational writings.

These would be books that you won’t have to read covertly as a Mormon, or books that peers of mine have certainly read and come to different conclusions (in other words, they stayed Mormon); but they challenged me to question that world.

In order from most innocuous to more challenging:

  1. The Happiness Hypothesis, Jonathan Haidt
  2. Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman
  3. The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Adrienne Koch and William Peden
  4. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
  5. The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James
  6. Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond
  7. How We Know What Isn’t So, Thomas Gilovich
  8. 1984, George Orwell
  9. A History of God, Karen Armstrong
  10. Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life, Stephen Jay Gould
  11. Unweaving the Rainbow, by Richard Dawkins
  12. The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, Richard Feynman
  13. Why People Believe Weird Things, Michael Shermer
  14. Demon Haunted World, Carl Sagan
  15. The Age of Reason, Thomas Paine

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