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In this deeply revealing and engaging autobiography, Herb Silverman tells his iconoclastic life story. He takes the reader from his childhood as an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he stopped fasting on Yom Kippur to test GodÃ¢ÂÂs existence, to his adult life in the heart of the Bible Belt, where he became a legendary figure within AmericaÃ¢ÂÂs secular activist community and remains one of its most beloved leaders. Never one to shy from controversy, Silverman relates many of his high-profile battles with the Religious Right, including his decision to run for governor of South Carolina to challenge the stateÃ¢ÂÂs constitutional provision that prohibited atheists from holding public office. He is equally candid about the battles he has faced in the secular community itself and the many hurdles he overcame in the historic step of politically uniting the countryÃ¢ÂÂs major secular, humanist, and atheist groups under the banner of the Secular Coalition for America. Silverman combines a satiristÃ¢ÂÂs pen with an activistÃ¢ÂÂs passion, revealing in humorous and often moving ways a personal side few know. Candidate Without a Prayer offers an intimate portrait of a central player in todayÃ¢ÂÂs increasingly heated culture wars.