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Reviewed by Erin McKibbin

With just the same in-your-face (yet very well researched and documented) controversy as his 16 Emmy Award nominated television show, Penn & Teller’s Penn Jillette sets out to debunk religion as a whole in society and replace it with a brand of logical thinking that only a couple of Vegas Magicians/cultural sensations could provide. Penn has been an outspoken opponent of religion for many decades and much like the Richard Dawkins of the world, he is not afraid to use his fame and influence to “save” others from the clutches of what he considers to be the most destructive fairy tale ever invented: god. Using stories from his life and career as well as presenting his own “Penn Commandments,” Jillette conducts the reader through a fun ride of controversial issues and redemption.

Penn Jillette was raised in Greenfield, Massachusetts by a very devout family lead by his very spiritual father, yet, even at a young age Penn knew he could not buy into the dogma. As time went on, and the church his family belonged to offended his family’s sensibilities, Penn’s mother and sister eventually joined him in his denouncement of religion. Not having the power to give his family a paper cut, let alone tear it asunder, Penn learned the true meaning of family and that the foundation of it was not rooted in any god. As his commandment reads, “Be there for your family. Love your parents, your partner, and your children. (Love is deeper than honor, and parents matter, but so do spouse and children.)”

In God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales, Penn Jillette touches upon many events in his youth and in his career with Raymond Teller. In this book, you can witness the birth of a magical team inspired by Siegfried and Roy; read the much embarrassing (and cringing) hair dryer story; and experience an atheist communion. More importantly, you will be entertained and educated at the same time by the world’s most consummate debunking artist, Penn Jillette.

Rating: 5/5

Erin fell in love with the written word as a small child and subsequently spent most of her life happily devouring literature. She works as a freelance news, marketing, and technical writer as well as a full-time researcher/investigator in the sign industry. Erin lives just outside of Cleveland, Ohio enjoying the beauty of life with her children and grandchildren.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon & Schuster. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.