advance praise for In Good Faith


What a wonderful contribution — a book that’s smart and funny, insightful and practical, grounded in the personal experience of a nonreligious parent who pays attention and writes like a house afire. An important contribution to the growing literature for parents raising great kids without religion.
Dale McGowan, author of Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, and In Faith and In Doubt 

In Good Faith is a timely and compelling book on an increasingly important subject. As millions of nonreligious families, like mine, seek to raise our children according to humanistic values, we will need thoughtfully crafted resources like Polonchek’s.
Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain, Harvard University; author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe

Maria pours herself into this memoir, sharing the stories, struggles, and solutions inherent in raising a child without religion. I felt like I knew her and her family so well by the end of the book that I only wish she were my neighbor so I could continue the conversation. I have no doubt other readers will feel the same way.
Hemant Mehta, blogger at and author of The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide

I loved the thoughtful, intelligent, funny voice in Maria Polonchek’s beautiful book. Although Polonchek and I have wildly different views on God, I appreciate her willingness to delve into the nuances of the deep mysteries that all parents consider when raising children. Not only is this book well-researched, but it is full of heart and personality, of good questions and honest answers, of hope and humor.
Katie Savage, author of Grace in the Maybe: Instructions on Not Knowing Everything about God

Personal, frank, honest, relatable, thoughtful — a timely book for and about raising children without religion. As more and more Americans embrace a secular orientation to life, this book is both helpful and needed.
Phil Zuckerman, Pitzer College, author of Living the Secular Life

In Good Faith isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for every parent: that’s its beauty. By following the same freethinking instincts that have landed them safely ashore of a religious-free life, readers can use Polonchek’s brave and revelatory descriptions of her own experience and her cogent suggestions to raise thoughtful, compassionate, and engaged children without religion. With her help, parents can help their children integrate into a world full of religious tradition while neither accepting its ideas nor condemning or ridiculing them.
Kelly Barth, author of My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus