Interview with Kelly Mochel

Author: Kelly Mochel

 

Title: One World, Many Beliefs:

A Family Book for Nonbelievers & Their Children

 

Available at Amazon.com

 

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AP: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

KM: I am a stay-at-home mother of two, living way up in the Rockies in Colorado. I lived in New Zealand for 5 yrs prior to moving here, which is where I really realized just how evangelical our society can be compared to others. Our kiwi friends and family don't understand the need for the book - there are believers, religious, devout, etc. there, but it just doesn't come into play during daily life, which is exactly how I think it should be.


AP:  Why did you write this book and who do you think it will help most?

KM: I wrote this book because my oldest started to ask questions about praying, church, heaven etc., especially around Christmas and Easter, which many adults apparently think is a green light to discuss their religious views with my children. While I can easily answer those questions myself, I think every parent knows that having a fun, colorful visual aid can make that process more interesting and can also help generate questions that may have gone unasked without a visual prompt. I decided to incorporate photographs with the computer graphics so that when a child who has read it sees an actual church, mosque, Muslim in traditional dress, person in prayer, etc. they will already have a small basis of understanding established.

 

AP: How do you think children should react when criticized by other children about their non-belief?

KM: My feeling, and my approach in the book, is one of tolerance. I hope children that come to their own decision about non-belief are fully educated about it and therefore confident and proud in their stance. Naturally then they will see that their own non-belief deserves the same respect and consideration as the beliefs of others. I hope they can turn any criticism or negativity into a positive discussion about their own acceptance of others' beliefs, and that the great diversity in the world means we all need to show one another respect in order to coexist peacefully.

AP: What other advice can you give atheist parents?

KM: The word 'nonbeliever' is one I sometimes struggle with, so putting it in the title was a tough decision - I would like to encourage parents to really flesh out that term as it can be confusing since we actually 'believe' in many, many things, like kindness, love, respect, science, etc. As children take on the English language, literal translations can be so misleading - let's make sure we are being clear and positive.

 

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Comments: 1

  • #1

    Silvia (Friday, 20 July 2012 16:02)

    I ordered your book for my 5 year old daughter . It was PERFECT! We live in bible belt Fl and she is constantly bombarded with Christianity.... I was raised as a non believer and I , honestly, have no idea how to handle it. This book helped me not get "crazy" when explaining religions to her and it helped her ask questions she was afraid to ask me.
    I also am a teacher and taught Kindergarten for several years and I loved the simplicity of this book. The illustrations are very colorful and appealing . I also liked that each page contains very few sentences - which is great for the beginning reader. I love this book!

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