Dear Mr. Dawkins,
I am a 30 year old male who has been battling the God Delusion pretty well all my life. I wanted to tell my story as eloquently as everyone else had, but I simply am not very good with words.
I have always believed in the existence of God and at one point I was even considering joining the priesthood. Thank goodness your book came to me when it did. I was reading Virus Of The Mind by Richard Brodie who continuously made reference to your book The Selfish Gene. I became very interested in what your book had to say so I ran to the book store to buy it. Unfortunately they did not have any in stock, so I ordered.
I decided I would pick up another one of your books to read while I waited for the other one to come in. Sadly, the only other book they had of yours was The God Delusion, so I picked it up.
I had the book for a few days without ever even opening it. I was afraid to read it. I was afraid of finding out that God didn't exist.
To me, God was the foundation of my existence. Without God, what was there? I was afraid to think of that option.
I started reading it though and it made sense. Not because you said it did, but because I started picking up tons of science books and magazines, and started looking into the claims you were making. It wasn't something gradual. It was like a switch being turned on.
Everything made more sense. I began to understand things more clearly.
Since I converted to atheism I have become far more happier; more confident with myself; I've become more understanding of others; I feel I have simply become a much better person. I've also become a huge fan of science and even science fiction. Each month I buy up Scientific America, Popular Science, Discover, and a few other magazines I can find. I've become a new fan of Skeptic magazine, which did a wonderful tribute to you last issue. I've almost read every book on your recommended reading list on your site. I am a frequent visitor to your site, and I have a new bookmark folder titled Atheism fill with a bunch of my favourite atheist related sites.
You have been kind of a guiding light in a conversion that only a year ago I would have stated as being impossible. I have never been happier with life. I would like to thank you as well as Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Michael Shermer, and Victor Stenger, who's books and videos have been unbelievably helpful to me.
I haven't read any of Mr. Dennett's books yet, but I have three of them sitting on my bookshelf just waiting for me to finish the couple I've got on the go right now.
Thanks for everything,