Book review: Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall

I got this book from a giveaway over at SpiritualAbuse.org a couple of summers ago, when I was blogging about leaving fundamentalism. Stolen Innocence is Elissa Wall's memoir of leaving the fundamentalist Mormon church (FLDS) as an adult. She was told to marry one of her cousins when she was only 14. Elissa gives a good history … Continue reading Book review: Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall

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Embracing Sobriety in Spiritual Practice – An Interview with Elizabeth Esther

Another blogging friend, Laurie Works, introduced me to Elizabeth Esther's blog back in 2014. Recently I ran across her top ten signs of a spiritually abusive church YouTube video and I was so, so glad someone finally mentioned the dangers of "independent fundamental" churches like the ones I attended when I was a teenager, where most … Continue reading Embracing Sobriety in Spiritual Practice – An Interview with Elizabeth Esther

Some Thoughts on National Remembrance and Christian Terrorism

So Memorial Day wasn't too long ago, and I've been thinking about my mixed feelings about patriotism and group remembrances. I don't think patriotism is inherently bad, but I also think that questioning where our patriotic energy is directed is a healthy thing. Be wary of people who encourage blind patriotism. The Nazis were patriotic. … Continue reading Some Thoughts on National Remembrance and Christian Terrorism

Cult literature confuses me… and that’s a good thing

So I've been wanting to write more about literature produced by cults and high control groups. The stuff that the insiders read, reinforcing their feelings of belonging. The arguments that convince them that they're right and everyone else is wrong.  When I was a teenager, I read books from Vision Forum about dutiful daughterhood and … Continue reading Cult literature confuses me… and that’s a good thing

How ‘The Village’ illustrates isolated, fear-based homeschooling

I grew up in the Village. The first time I watched M. Night Shyamalan's 2004 film, my head hurt and one of my roommates asked me if I was okay. I didn't have words. Sometimes I find those books, those films that resonate so strongly with my own experience, that the bittersweet rush of knowing … Continue reading How ‘The Village’ illustrates isolated, fear-based homeschooling