"Fascinating…Grace Without God feels both timely and timeless. Above all, it reads like a clarion call to live more deliberately." The Chicago Tribune
"From the first page, you’ll be struck by Ozment’s gracious curiosity, intelligence, optimism, and all-around secular loveliness." —CATHERINE NEWMAN, author of Catastrophic Happiness
“An engagingly personal exploration of parenting without religion that’s clear and honest, thoughtful and deeply felt.” —DALE MCGOWAN, author of Parenting Beyond Belief
“Ozment takes her readers on an unforgettable examination of life’s deepest questions.” —JULIEN MUSOLINO, Rutgers University
“Every person struggling to live a meaningful life will find wisdom and sustenance in this important book.” —MARY JOHNSON, author of An Unquenchable Thirst
“This beautifully-written book will help answer some of life’s big questions.” —LAURA FRASER, best-selling author of An Italian Affair
“Highly recommended for those who no longer believe or congregate, but yearn to live a meaningful life all the same.” —PHIL ZUCKERMAN, author of Living the Secular Life
Grace without God fundamentally changed the way I will raise my children.” —STEVE LEVITT, best-selling author of Freakonomics
“This book is perfect for those of us who have moved past religion. . . . A satisfying and deep read.” —JULIE SCHEERES, best-selling Author of Jesus Land

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Grace without God

The Search for meaning, purpose, and belonging in a secular age

Meet “the Nones”—In this thought-provoking exploration of secular America, celebrated journalist Katherine Ozment takes readers on a quest to understand the trends and ramifications of a nation in flight from organized religion.

Studies show that religion makes us happier, healthier and more giving, connecting us to our past and creating tight communal bonds. Most Americans are raised in a religious tradition, but in recent decades many have begun to leave religion, and with it their ancient rituals, mythic narratives, and sense of belonging.

So how do the nonreligious fill the need for ritual, story, community, and, above all, purpose and meaning without the one-stop shop of religion? What do they do with the space left after religion?