Bette Dowdell


Bette Dowdell has conversations about God with atheists, agnostics, people mad at the church, church ladies and saints. She has a bit of a problem with the church ladies, but atheists and agnostics say she’s the only real Christian they’ve ever met. Saints think she’s swell, too.

Through these conversations, she learned a fascinating fact: Regardless of background or attitude, everybody asks the same questions. So Bette wrote a book, How to be a Christian Without Being Annoying, to answer the questions–questions your listeners have, too.

Why would your listeners be interested in a book about Christianity?

  • There’s good stuff there. Most people feel insecure and inadequate. They need to know the Bible’s view: They are custom-made by God, created for a purpose and endowed with everything they need to achieve that purpose. They are not a mistake, but a plan.

  • There’s power there. When AA said sobriety was about a relationship with Jesus Christ, their success rate was more than 90%. Then AA reverted to the politically-correct “higher power,” and success rates dropped to single digits. Graduates of the Christian prison program that Judge Robert Pratt outlawed in Iowa experienced a long-term recidivism rate nearly 70% less than the national average. Why these startling statistics? Christianity isn’t simply a creed, a philosophy or signing the Boy Scout oath. It’s God jumping into your life to help with the heavy lifting. Your listeners will want to know about this power.

  • There’s acceptance there. God loves and accepts us, no matter what. How amazing is that? Some church folk may think a few choruses of Kum Ba Yah and handshakes all around are an adequate response to all life throws at us, but that doesn’t even come close. When we slog trough tough times, we may get down on ourselves because our efforts won’t win points for style or grace. Style points or no, God thinks we’re swell.

Why would your listeners be interested in this author?

Raised in The Salvation Army, Bette Dowdell learned profound, practical Christianity early on. While in elementary school, her father necessarily taught her how to handle drunks with confidence and love. Helping her mother raise money, a teen-age Bette visited neighborhood bars–very downscale versions of Cheers–offering Christian literature to bar patrons in exchange for a donation. She maintains you haven’t really learned to work a room until you’ve tried to use religious literature to raise money in a bar.

Dowdell is a longtime Bible teacher and speaker known both for her knowledge of the Bible and her humor. She is also a former IBM Systems Engineer, business analyst, computer consultant, software company owner and the author of several computer books and articles. She lives in the Phoenix area.

About the book:

How to be a Christian Without Being Annoying is a book of thoughtful, humorous, wide-ranging, one-page articles describing Christianity. Each article comes with an excerpt from the Bible so readers get a sampler of what’s there and, as author, Bette Dowdell, says with a laugh, know she didn’t make stuff up. Geared for busy people, each article and corresponding excerpt takes only a few minutes to read, but provides a day’s worth–at least–of ideas to ponder.

How to be a Christian Without Being Annoying, hard cover with dust jacket, lists for $24.95. It is available through,, or, for a signed copy, Confident Faith Institute at, 800-235-4235 or PO Box 11744, Glendale AZ 85318. It can also be ordered at most bookstores.

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“Bette” has two syllables.
“Dowdell” is pronounced with equal emphasis on both syllables, and rhymes with Cow Bell.