Spiritual Sobriety: Stumbling Back to Faith When Good Religion Goes Bad

The author, who grew up in a hyper-controlling church cult, will help you find hope and rebirth in the ruins of disillusioned faith. But in ordinary believers too who use god the same way addicts use drugs or alcohol—to numb pain, alter their mood, or simply to escape the realities of this messy, unpredictable thing called life.

Filled with stories and warm, practical advice, Spiritual Sobriety offers a gentle path out of the desperate cycles of craving-euphoria-hangover and into a freer, clean-and-sober faith practice. If you’ve ever wondered how a religion that preaches freedom and love can produce judgmental and unkind followers; if you’ve ever felt captive to the demanding God of your own childhood; if you’ve struggled to find contentment without needing another emotional hit from a “life-changing” conference or “mountain-top” experience, then Spiritual Sobriety is for you.

It’s easy to get high on God in America. In families who inexplicably choose to harm their children in order to abide by cultic church doctrine. The evidence is everywhere. But is this good religion?   in a compelling follow-up to her memoir, Girl at the End of the World, Elizabeth Esther explores how religious fervor can become religious addiction.


Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future

A story of mind control, the Apocalypse, and modest attire. Elizabeth esther grew up in love with Jesus but in fear of daily spankings to “break her will”. Trained in her family-run church to confess sins real and imagined, she knew her parents loved her and God probably hated her. To leave. In her memoir, and when is it a trap? what happens when a pastor holds unchecked sway over his followers? and how can we leave behind the harm inflicted in the name of God without losing God in the process?By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, readers will recognize questions every believer faces: When is spiritual zeal a gift, Girl at the End of the World is a story of the lingering effects of spiritual abuse and the growing hope that God can still be good when His people fail.

Includes reading group discussion guide and interview with the author. Not until she was grown and married did she find the courage to attempt the unthinkable. Selah. I was raised in a homegrown, fundamentalist christian group—which is just a shorthand way of saying I’m classically trained in apocalyptic stockpiling, street preaching, and the King James Version of the Bible.

I know hundreds of obscure nineteenth-century hymns by heart and have such razor sharp “modesty vision” that I can spot a miniskirt a mile away. Verily, verily i say unto thee, none of these highly specialized skills ever got me a job, but at least I’m all set for the end of the world.

Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free

She contacted young women she knew, asking if they were coping with the same shame-induced issues she was. In pure, linda kay klein uses a potent combination of journalism, cultural commentary, and memoir to take us “inside religious purity culture as only one who grew up in it can” Gloria Steinem and reveals the devastating effects evangelical Christianity’s views on female sexuality has had on a generation of young women.

In the 1990s, a “purity industry” emerged out of the white evangelical Christian culture. These intimate conversations developed into a twelve-year quest that took her across the country and into the lives of women raised in similar religious communities—a journey that facilitated her own healing and led her to churches that are seeking a new way to reconcile sexuality and spirituality.

This message traumatized many girls—resulting in anxiety, fear, and experiences that mimicked the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—and trapped them in a cycle of shame. Offering a prevailing message of resounding hope and encouragement, “Pure emboldens us to escape toxic misogyny and experience a fresh breath of freedom” Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Warrior and founder of Together Rising.

Purity rings, and purity balls came with a dangerous message: girls are potential sexual “stumbling blocks” for boys and men, purity pledges, and any expression of a girl’s sexuality could reflect the corruption of her character. When the youth pastor of her church was convicted of sexual enticement of a twelve-year-old girl, Klein began to question purity-based sexual ethics.

Part memoir and part journalism, pure is a horrendous, granular, relentless, emotionally true account" The Cut of society’s larger subjugation of women and the role the purity industry played in maintaining it.

Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion

The concrete steps for healing are useful for anyone in recovery from toxic religion. In this book you’ll discover:•what you can expect about stages of religious recovery•information about the key issues of recovery•relevant family dynamics•the power of manipulations•motivations for belonging and for leaving religion•specific steps for healing and reclaiming life•further steps for rebuilding life in the presentLeaving the Fold is the only self-help psychology book on the subject of religious recovery.

The accessible, compassionate writing is ideal for the reader who needs clear information and concrete help. In addition to her personal experience with leaving fundamentalist religion, she has worked with clients recovering from religion for 28 years. Have you been harmed by toxic religion? Learn how to recover and reclaim your life.

Psychologist marlene Winell is uniquely qualified to address the subject of this book. Buy leaving the fold and begin your healing journey today!This ebook is FREE when you purchase the paperback! She is known for coining the term Religious Trauma Syndrome. Leaving the fold is a self-help book that examines the effects of authoritarian religion fundamentalist Christianity in particular on individuals who leave the faith.


Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church

Though she loved the spirituality the church provided, because of sexism, homophobia, she knew that, and manipulative religious politics, established religious institutions weren’t always holy or safe. Merritt does not sugarcoat the wrongs institutions long seen as trustworthy have inflicted on many innocent victims.

Instead of offering refuge, these institutions have betrayed people’s hearts and souls. Sympathetic, and deeply positive, understanding, she offers hope and a way to help them heal and reclaim the spiritual joy that can make them whole again. Healing spiritual wounds addresses the church’s dichotomous image—as a safe space and as a dangerous place—and provides a way to restore personal faith and connection to God for those who have been hurt or betrayed by established institutions of faith.

An effective plan to help those suffering from wounds inflicted by the church find spiritual healing and a renewed sense of faith. Raised as a conservative christian, minister and author Carol Howard Merritt discovered that the traditional institutions she grew up in inflicted great pain and suffering on others.

. Merritt lays out a multistage plan for moving from pain to spiritual rebirth, from recovering theological and emotional shards to recovering communal wholeness. People have suffered religious abuse, ” she writes, “which can be different from physical injury or psychological trauma. Though participation and affiliation in traditional religious institutions is waning, many people still believe in God.

Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God

She writes about her miraculous healing, learning to live with chronic pain, and the ways God makes us whole in the midst of suffering. But as she navigated the winding path from her life before the accident—as a popular author, she found that the most unexpected result wasn’t the way this shook her body, and loving wife and mother—to her new life after, inhabiting a body that no longer felt like her own, but how it shook her deeply rooted faith, preacher, upending everything she thought she knew and held so dearly.

The road of healing leads to rome where she met the Pope it’s complicated and encountered the Holy Spirit in the last place she expected. She invites us to a path of knowing God that is filled with ordinary miracles, hope in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and other completely reasonable things.

In the brief instant sarah bessey realized that her minivan was, going to hit the car on the highway on the bright, inevitably, clear day of the crash, she knew intuitively that it would have life-changing consequences. Insightful, profound, spirit-filled story of what it means to live with both grief and faith, Miracles and Other Reasonable Things is a wild, suffering and joy, and unexpected, as we wrestle with God.

A deeply moving and life-affirming account of wrestling with faith and God and finding miracles in the most unexpected places. Weaving together theology and memoir in her trademark narrative style, Sarah tells us the story of the moment that changed her body and how it ultimately changed her life.

Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith

In the process of gently helping us sort things out, Bessey teaches us how to be as comfortable with uncertainty as we are with solid answers. From the popular blogger and provocative author of Jesus Feminist comes a riveting new study of Christianity that helps you wrestle with—and sort out—your faith.

In out of sorts, which was hailed as “lucid, sarah bessey—award-winning blogger and author of Jesus Feminist, author of God’s Favorite Place on Earth—helps us grapple with core Christian issues using a mixture of beautiful storytelling and biblical teaching, compelling, and beautifully written” Frank Viola, a style well described as “narrative theology.

As she candidly shares her wrestlings with core issues—such as who jesus is, what place the Church has in our lives, how to disagree yet remain within a community, and how to love the Bible for what it is rather than what we want it to be—she teaches us how to walk courageously through our own tough questions.

. And as we learn to hold questions in one hand and answers in the other, we discover new depths of faith that will remain secure even through the storms of life.

Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions

Profoundly moving, and relentlessly hopeful, deconstruction, fearlessly honest,  New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans offers this must-read for anyone on the journey of doubt, and ultimately faith reborn. Eighty years after the scopes monkey trial made a spectacle of Christian fundamentalism and brought national attention to her hometown, Rachel Held Evans faced a trial of her own when she began to have doubts about her faith.

In faith unraveled, rachel recounts growing up in a culture obsessed with apologetics, struggling as her own faith unraveled one unexpected question at a time. In order for her faith to survive, Rachel realizes, it must adapt to change and evolve. Using as an illustration her own spiritual journey from certainty to doubt to faith, Evans challenges you to disentangle your faith from false fundamentals and to trust in a God who is big enough to handle your tough questions.

In a changing cultural environment where new ideas seem to threaten the safety and security of the faith,  Faith Unraveled is a fearlessly honest story of survival. This book was previously titled Evolving in Monkey Town.

Shameless: A Sexual Reformation

If you’ve been mistreated, angered, confused, and/or wounded by shaming sexual messages, this one is for you. Bolz-weber offers no simple amendments or polite compromises. She shares stories, poetry, and scripture that wage war on perpetual anxiety around sex by celebrating sexuality in all its forms and recognizing it for the gift that it is.

A triumph. Glennon doyle • “one of the most important, life-changing books I’ve ever read. Rachel held evans, author of searching for Sunday and Inspired  Negative messages about sex come from all corners of society: from the church, from the media, from our own families. Instead, this modern-day reverend calls for an inclusivity that empowers us to be loyal to people and, perhaps most important, ourselves.

Christianity is not a program for avoiding mistakes, ” she writes. In this instant bestseller, nadia Bolz-Weber unleashes her critical eye and her vulnerable yet hopeful soul on the harmful conversations about sex that have fed our shame. It is a faith of the guilty. With an alternative understanding of scripture passages that have been weaponized against Christians for decades, all bodies, Bolz-Weber reminds us that sexual flourishing can and should be for all genders, and all humans.

As a result, guilt, countless people have suffered pain, and judgment. New york times bestseller • raw, intimate, and timely—a no-holds-barred celebration of our bodies that flies in the face of antiquated ideas about sex and gender.

Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith

Raw and illuminating, once you go in is a coming-of-age tale about the beauty and danger of absolute faith, and the stories people tell themselves to avoid their deepest fears. She speaks in tongues, slays demons, and follows her abusive pastor’s every word―and it’s not until her life is burnt to the ground that she finds the courage to leave.

Carly gelsinger is an awkward and lonely thirteen-year-old when she stumbles into Pine Canyon Assemblies of God, the cracked stucco church on the outskirts of her remote small town. She assimilates, despite her apprehensions, because she is desperate to belong. Soon, she is on fire for God.

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it. Centered around seven sacraments, heartbreaking, marriage, Evans' quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, and death that are funny, vocation, confession, confirmation, communion, and sharply honest.

A memoir about making do and taking risks, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Church. From new york times bestselling author rachel Held Evans comes a book that is both a heartfelt ode to the past and hopeful gaze into the future of what it means to be a part of the Church.

Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn't want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals--church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church.