I overheard a church discipline meeting at the coffee shop where I work. This is why Evangelicals are losing people.

So last night I was closing up for the night at the coffee shop where I work, and there were these people sitting at a table who go to an evangelical-ish hipster church. I've seen some of their events advertised on Facebook and I talked to them when they were part of a protest this … Continue reading I overheard a church discipline meeting at the coffee shop where I work. This is why Evangelicals are losing people.

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Remembering Pege

Last month was hard. It seems like I always lose people I care about in October. When you leave fundamentalism, usually no one from that world will listen to you, especially not a parent. Pege and her husband were different. I'd been kicked out of my church two and a half years before when I … Continue reading Remembering Pege

Want to help some homeschool alums today? Here’s how.

I get lots of emails and blog comments from readers asking how they can help people like us who are leaving unhealthy homes and branching out into the world outside. Older families ask how they can help mentor us. Homeschool alums ask me how we can help others around our younger siblings' age when it's … Continue reading Want to help some homeschool alums today? Here’s how.

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

My Escape: A Story Told in Pictures

Earlier this week, I said I'd be posting memories from my escape. Today I'm telling it in pictures. See captions. May 20, 2012: I've just finished three years of college, and this is my last family vacation. We're in Maine, around Kennebunkport and Camden. I'm not allowed to take my laptop or cellphone so that my … Continue reading My Escape: A Story Told in Pictures