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

Book Review: The God Gene by Dean Hamer

A couple of summers ago, I checked out a few non-fiction books from the library. One of them was The God Gene: How Faith is Hardwired into our Genes by Dean Hamer, a molecular biologist who studies behavioral genetics. His premise was basically this: you can take this research either as proof that God exists … Continue reading Book Review: The God Gene by Dean Hamer

Why Joy Williams’ new music video defies purity culture

Joy Williams has left purity culture. Like, in a major way. Last year, she released a new music video for the song "Woman (Oh Mama)." When I found it a few months ago, my first thought was: if CCM shunned Jaci Velasquez for her underwear scene in Chasing Papi, what will they ever do with Joy Williams' … Continue reading Why Joy Williams’ new music video defies purity culture

Poem: Poetry is how I pray

Southeast Texas has the best fog ever. One of my goals for 2016 is to write a new spoken word poem every month. Here’s March’s poem. I’ve never read a poem in church before,But poetry is part of how I pray,how I attempt to squeeze the unutterable into syllables,how I capture infinity in my heartbeat.I’d … Continue reading Poem: Poetry is how I pray

Narnia is evil. Because scripture. | What one fundamentalist preacher said about C.S. Lewis

So last summer I read this book called Cameras in Narnia: How the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Came to Life. I'm getting ready to mail the book back to the friend I borrowed it from, so I skimmed it again. The author gives an inside perspective since he was on set for almost … Continue reading Narnia is evil. Because scripture. | What one fundamentalist preacher said about C.S. Lewis