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The Faith of Christopher Hitchens Audiobook

The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Atheist

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"If everyone in the United States had the same qualities of loyalty and care and concern for others that Larry Taunton had, we'd be living in a much better society than we do." (Christopher Hitchens)

At the time of his death, Christopher Hitchens was the most notorious atheist in the world. And yet, all was not as it seemed. "Nobody is not a divided self, of course," he once told an interviewer, "but I think it's rather strong in my case." Hitchens was a man of many contradictions: a Marxist in youth who longed for acceptance among the social elites; a peacenik who revered the military; a champion of the Left who was nonetheless pro-life, pro-war-on-terror, and, after 9/11, something of a neocon; and while he railed against God onstage, he maintained meaningful - though largely hidden from public view - friendships with evangelical Christians like Francis Collins, Douglas Wilson, and the author Larry Alex Taunton.

In The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, Taunton offers a very personal perspective of one of our most interesting and most misunderstood public figures. Writing with genuine compassion and without compromise, Taunton traces Hitchens' spiritual and intellectual development from his decision as a teenager to reject belief in God to his rise to prominence as one of the so-called "four horsemen" of the new atheism. While Hitchens was, in the minds of many Christians, public enemy number one, away from the lights and the cameras a warm friendship flourished between Hitchens and the author - a friendship that culminated in not one but two lengthy road trips where, after Hitchens' diagnosis of esophageal cancer, they studied the Bible together. The Faith of Christopher Hitchens gives us a candid glimpse into the inner life of this intriguing, sometimes maddening, and unexpectedly vulnerable man.

©2016 Larry Taunton (P)2016 Thomas Nelson Publishers

What the Critics Say

"This book should be read by every atheist and theist passionate about the truth." (Michael Shermer, publisher, Skeptic magazine)

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  • lori
    29/06/16
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    "I did not enjoy this book."

    When I die. I hope that I don't have friends like Larry.

    In this book, Larry tells us what an absolute horrible person his friend was. He was a bad son, a bad brother, a possible closeted homosexual, a godless communist and an all around completely self centered ass.

    Luckily for his friend he met Larry. After which Christopher turned into a delightful intensely loyal friend.

    I did not either person in this book, but I do feel that Christopher may have been a bit displeased by the accounts and speculations of his last days, but alas, he is dead and can not, which makes it incredibly convenient for our author.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Bluestramp
    Ville France
    18/04/16
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    "Didn't taste good"

    I love Hitch and have read all his books and have spent hours watching him on YouTube; it punched a hole in my life when he passed.

    This just did not hold me for more than 30 minutes.

    15 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • SW
    09/08/16
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    "An Exploitive Travesty, and Distorted Perspective"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if I wanted to tell my friend where to find a book which exemplifies how a religious person can discount and discredit Christopher Hitchins and betray what little friendship he may have had with him.


    What could Larry Alex Taunton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it.


    What does Maurice England bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His mature style and tone adds credibility to an otherwise ludicrous prose.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Larry Alex Taunton’s life?

    Larry Alex Taunton’s life? This book was meant to be about Christopher Hitchens. I need to know nothing more about Taunton.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is a re-fabrication of discussions the author had with Hitchens which were actually done as a professional engagement, not a friendly road trip. I suspect the reality was that Hitchens did what he was paid to do, which was to be as constructive and participative as possible. And as usual, a Christian preacher turned it into another money-maker and attempt to convert readers through fear and threats of damnation, couched in a ridiculous suggestion that Hitchens was ready to convert, had seen the light, once he knew he was dying. And if there were glimpses of friendship, Taunton betrays them so many times as to prevent me from finishing this book.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Philadelphia, PA, United States
    25/03/17
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    "Two Sets of Books"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was excellent writing from personal experience with the subject which makes it priceless because Hitchins is dead. Although the author and Mr. Hitchins seemed to be at opposite extremes of a very wide spectrum of beliefs about God; they were friends. They read the Gospel of John together on two separate car trips. One trip was through the beautiful Shenandoah, a place where the beauty created by God is hard to miss. The second trip was when Hitchins was clearly dying of the cancer that would take him very soon. It was a trip, which also included Taunton's sons, through Yellowstone and environs. This is another place where the majesty and variety of God's creation is abundantly evident.Mr. Hitchins secret was that he was as schizoid, as we all can be at times. He presented a fiercely anti-God or "there is no God" stance to satisfy his followers and allow him to write books like "God is Not Great:How Religion Poisons Everything". His real thoughts were brought out by several Christian friends, who tried to assuage his doubts about God's existence and interaction with His created creatures, whom He loves.Mr. Taunton does not confirm any change of faith or deathbed conversion expressed overtly, but he does leave room for the possibility that the second set of books may have won in the end. It is God alone who gives us all the grace to believe the truth about Him...I pray that He was merciful to Christopher Hitchens.


    What other book might you compare The Faith of Christopher Hitchens to and why?

    I can't think of a book that doesn't draw a conclusion about whether or not a person did "Call on the Lord for forgiveness of sins and confess that the Risen Savior is his own".Most books are written because an atheist was drawn by the love of Christ and sometimes because an avowed Christian changes to vow unbelief. This book reaches no conclusion about an actual change although it is clear that he vacillated, as we all do.


    What does Maurice England bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I am an audio fan so I think that hearing the dialogue was most important for a book of this sort,especially.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I guess it made me feel sad. I hope to see him in Heaven, but it is always sad when a person chooses not to believe while there is Hope. At the final judgement, every knee shall bow to the Christ, who is who He said he was...the King of Heaven and Earth. I feel sad for those deceived by Satan.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the most well written and honestly written books about a man, who most would describe as a most vehement atheist. As he faced a gradual demise...still able to think relatively rationally...did he decide that belief in Christ was rational and that not believing could damn his soul forever??? Man was created with a free will. God wants us to believe,love and follow him because our desires are shaped by Him. Rejection of the real God is a choice that God allows(as in Eve and Adam eating the one forbidden fruit, in the beautiful garden created for them).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bmarquez
    07/01/17
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    "Great Book!"

    I couldn't put the book down. If nothing else, it was a great story of the friendship between Christopher Hitchens and author Larry Taunton.

    This was not a story about a Christian trying to claim one of the most notorious atheists of our day to have had a Christian conversion, rather it was the story of the internal struggle of Christopher Hitchens who respected men like Taunton for believing and living as Christ taught, and who vehemently opposed the "hucksters", those men who used the Christian faith as a means to gain notoriety and money, but did not believe it.

    Read the book! You will catch a glimpse into the public persona of Christopher Hitchens (which was obvious to anybody who had seen Christopher in public or seen him debate), but you will also see a different side to Christopher and his private conversations with Larry.
    My hats off to Larry Taunton for writing such a great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Waters
    Orange County, CA USA
    31/12/16
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    "provocative"
    Where does The Faith of Christopher Hitchens rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    upper half


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Faith of Christopher Hitchens?

    Contrast between Christoper and Larry's preparation for their debate.


    Have you listened to any of Maurice England’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no. This performance was generally good, however, it was hard to tell when he was quoting from something Hitchens had written


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This is not your mother's Thelma and Louise


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marthinus
    22/12/16
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    "exceptional"

    This book by Larry really tugs at the most important points of our faith. Nothing matters more than the question. Do you believe?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TDH
    13/04/16
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    "Hitch and the Accent"

    It is actually narrated ok, except I would much prefer an Englishman or someone capable of an English accent to read for Hitch (considering several portions of the book comment on it).

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    15/09/16
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    "A little self-congratulatory but a touching story"

    This was the story of a genuine friendship between two people representing mutually exclusive positions. What a wonderful story.

    Yet the author seems to conflate his faith with right-wing patriotism, praising Christopher for embracing the latter even if he never embraced the former. This is, I suppose, what one expects from a Southern Evangelical.

    He is sensitive and shows a genuine care for Hitchens, and a care for his family, which is admirable. Would recommend to anyone on any side of those debates which were so big in the wake of the 'New Atheists'.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • sandy
    16/08/16
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    "that's why I liked him."

    I always liked Christopher, which may seem strange to some as I am a homeschooling mom from Alberta, this book explains why.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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