• My Life Without God

  • By: William J. Murray
  • Narrated by: Al Kessel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (247 ratings)

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My Life Without God

By: William J. Murray
Narrated by: Al Kessel
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Publisher's Summary

In 1963 America's most famous atheist, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, won the landmark lawsuit filed on behalf of her son, William, that effectively banned prayer in public schools. Bill shares in vivid detail his upbringing - the raging battles, his activity in his mother's atheistic empire, his dependence on drugs, and his years as a fugitive. Nearly two decades after the court's decision, Bill came to the end of his personal strength. In desperation he called out to God, and God answered.

From embezzlement to kidnapping to murder, Bill reviews the shocking evidence surrounding the disappearance of his mother, brother, and daughter. Though actively involved in atheism, Bill discovered the gift Jesus Christ offers to all who seek him. He invites you to experience God's grace in this journey from despair to everlasting love.

©1982 William J. Murray (P)2017 Two Words Publishing LLC

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Great book and narrator

I really liked the book. I didn’t know what to expect since the author grew up an atheist and his mother was the most hated atheistic woman in America. She brought the suit to get prayer out of the public school system. I am a devout Christian-didn’t grow up in a Christian home but my mom was no God hater like Madelyn his mother was. What a crazy crazy mother and life he had!!!! He is a gifted writer. I am so very thankful he became a Christian!
I am really glad that I bought this book on Audible. The narrator did a GREAT job. He made the story come to life. It really added to the already stupendous book. The narrator did a phenomenal job.

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Broken

I wanted to read William Murray’s story because I wanted to hear how God redeemed a child of a woman who hated as much as Madeline Murray. However, it’s a very long, sordid, detailed chronology of evil, hatred and mayhem. Redemption doesn’t come till the very end and even then, after so much darkness it didn’t cast much light.
Overall it was sad and upsetting. It may have been therapeutic to write it but it wasn’t a pleasant nor wholesome journey to read.

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Needed more on conversion

It would have been better if there was less on his relationship with his mom and more on his conversion to Christianity

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Hurricane Cloe?

He states that when he and his mom went to France to try and get into the USSR prior to the whole prayer in school episode in 1963, that crossing the Atlantic in the QE 2 cruise liner they encountered “Hurricane Cloe” But hurricane Cloe happened in 1964 a full year after the Supreme Court school prayer decision in 1963. So? Why don’t dates match up?

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A story for our time

I gave great ratings in spite of a repetitive first half in need of cutting. The exciting second half makes up for it. A message more relevant and evident now in 2019 than ever!

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Don’t be fooled

Just another ridiculous waste of time. I’m very sorry the author’s mom is such a lunatic and that his life was such turmoil. I hope the remainder of his life is more pleasant for him and those who are affected by him. I’m glad he has found peace for the time being and I hope, for his sake, that he is on more solid ground when his new found faith inevitably disintegrates as did his previously held world view… Making bank selling his paper thin redemption for profit to the Christian community is eerily similar to his mother making bank bilking hate filled atheists…

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Movingly honest testimony.

Brutally clear life testimony of a brilliant man, admitting to victories and failures alike.

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great testimony

The book kept me engaged and this is the first book that I finished so speedily. The narrator did a great job and I enjoyed the funny parts.

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Great facts, bad Narration

The book was well written but the narration was bad. I felt at times that he was reading to children. Very bad voice imitations, almost cartoon like. But I endured it to hear the story.

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Made worse by horrible narration

I was interested in this story because I read Madeline Murray O’Hare’s story in “Ungodly”. Her son Bill had terrible dysfunctional childhood and as he grew as long as his mother was alive she plagued his life with her crazy narcissism. The world is a better place with her gone. I listened to the story with mild interest; honestly it was boring. But most of the problem with this Audible book is the horrible narration. If I could have given it a minus 1 star I would have. He constantly used ridiculous out of place inflections and mispronounced so many words I found myself yelling at my phone. Audible books can be made or broken by a good or poor narrator. This one was one of the worst I’ve ever listened to.

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  • Monica
  • 01-26-21

Incredible

William J Murray’s life story is incredible, and this is well written but the narration is not all that great. Most of the reading is ok but when he changes his voice to neither characters it is beyond tedious. He sounds like Dory from Finding Nemo. Ridiculous. I’d you can look past that this is well worth a listen .