Lobdell gives an honest accounting of his journey from believer to nonbeliever. He worked as the religion reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and he lets the reader peer over his shoulder as he witnesses the horrors of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandals, and the charlatan faith healers making money off the poor and sickly. It's personal story that rings true with me, because I have tread along many of the same roads as Lobdell. By the end he is inspired to live life to its fullest exactly because there is no God, and no promise of an everlasting life in the great beyond. All the minutes here on earth are that much more precious when one faces the reality that it comes to an end for all of us someday.