Dear Richard Dawkins,
Unlike most other people in my Christian school, I found the bible a nice and occasionally gruesome work of fiction. By the age of eight I had firmly decided that there was no god. I was so terrified of this conclusion at first, and sharing my it with anybody seemed impossible. I did not know about atheism, and only knew about Christianity. Later on my sister found out that she didn’t like Christianity either. She, however, became a pagan who believed in even more outlandish things than most established religions prescribe to (like magnetic healing trances and spirit animals, whatever those may be).
In secondary school I found out that being an atheist wasn’t something strange that I had thought up on my own, which was a great relief. Your books have given me so much confirmation. I frequently use concepts you wrote about to explain my own thoughts about religion. I invite others to borrow my copies, and I link them to your youtube channel so as to open their minds.
One thing in particular about your work has been important to me. You dispel the myth that atheists are pessimists and morally adrift. I suffer from depression and I frequently feel that there is no point to my life. The way you talk about life and nature has inspired me. When I am overwhelmed by my own smallness I think about what you said at the end of the God Delusion videos and I feel hope again. Thank you so much.