Help a fundamentalism escapee, human trafficking survivor and single mom get a car + restart her life

Some of you probably know about my 19-year-old friend who recently escaped a human trafficking situation back in January.  She's also an escapee from fundamentalism. She's now trying to start her life over with an almost one-year-old baby while going through the legal process of an ongoing law enforcement investigation. I helped her report everything … Continue reading Help a fundamentalism escapee, human trafficking survivor and single mom get a car + restart her life

My Escape from Fundamentalism: 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 from Fundamentalism: A Story Told in Pictures

That one time I chose freedom over soul death

This month marks four years since I escaped. Sometimes it feels like yesterday, sometimes it feels like another lifetime ago. In the spirit of celebrating my independence, I'm going to be posting some mementos, from the days when I was first learning to fly, slowly and painfully. This is an email I sent to some … Continue reading That one time I chose freedom over soul death

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

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