Book Review: Spiritual Sobriety by Elizabeth Esther

I love so much of Elizabeth Esther's writing because what she says fits my experiences in unhealthy churches. I preordered her book Spiritual Sobriety: Stumbling back to faith when good religion goes bad in spring of last year, around the same time that I interviewed her on my blog. Recently I re-read my copy before … Continue reading Book Review: Spiritual Sobriety by Elizabeth Esther

Book review: Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall

I got this book from a giveaway over atĀ SpiritualAbuse.orgĀ 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

Embracing Sobriety in Spiritual Practice: 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: 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