As a whole, the people of the world are lazy, and we don't use our minds for their intended purpose. Everyday, we live a lie. The way we are is dictated to us through a self-absorbed mindset that was forced on us by God. However, this is not religion. Afraid of God: Get A Life/Keep Your Hell Private is about relinquishing our old views, ways, and means. When author Gary E. Mendiola conducted research interviews, he found that people often felt that they have to be the way they are. But this is not true. Religion is just one more part of the system that keeps us blocked from the truth that Mendiola reveals in Afraid of God-pointing out not only what we are, but what we should not be. Yet he does not seek approval or redemption through, or for, a church. The God that Mendiola has discovered truly wants us to return to the knowledge that he or she gave us. In Afraid of God, he divulges this revelation through his own interaction with a highest power and shows us the way to enlightenment.