From being used by his hedonistic mother to create a court case challenging prayer in public schools to heading up the Religious Freedom Coalition, William Murray’s story of growing up as the pawn of the infamous Madalyn Murray O’Hair long has been out of print.
WND Books early in March will release his classic bestseller, “My Life Without God,” in time for its 30th anniversary.
Murray’s account originally told how as the son of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the founder and president of the group American Atheists, he was used as a pawn in the lawsuit that ultimately led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that it was unconstitutional for public schools to conduct school prayer.
While the book, which told the true story of the people and movement behind the unholy crusade to remove prayer from schools, instantly became an international bestseller, it later went out of print.
When Joseph Farah, CEO of WND Books, saw an opportunity to revitalize the publication, he didn’t hesitate.
“Bill Murray’s ‘My Life Without God’ was a seminally important book for me when I first read it in the early 1980s,” he said. “I was a young journalist drifting further and further from my left-wing and secular worldview. I was horrified by Bill’s vivid and no-holds-barred description of his early life in the home of his famous atheist mother,” he said.
“It made me realize the importance of functional families and transcendent values. It’s also such a hopeful book because if Bill Murray could overcome that experience and find salvation, indeed any of us can,” he said.
“I put this book up there on my list of conservative classics right next to Whitaker Chambers’ ‘Witness.’”
It was in 1963 when Madalyn Murray O’Hair won the lawsuit filed on behalf of William that effectively banned prayer in public schools. She then founded American Atheists and used her notoriety to sue, unsuccessfully, Baltimore to start taxing churches. She also filed lawsuits against Baltimore’s school board to take “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance and against Maryland over the state’s “moment of silence.”
Eventually, he arrived at the end of his own strength and ability, and in 1980 he converted to Christianity.
He now serves as the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition in Washington, which works to help Christians living in Muslim and communist-controlled nations.
From embezzlement to kidnapping to murder, Murray also reviews the shocking evidence surrounding the loss of his mother, brother and daughter. His noted mother was kidnapped and murdered in 1995, along with her son Jon Murray and granddaughter Robin Murray O’Hair, by a former American Atheist office manager, David Roland Waters.
Get your own copy of “My Life Without God” in time for its 30th anniversary.