Religious Trauma into Soul Healing, Part VI: Reading Good Fiction

  Lift Up & Away from Religious  Trauma Fiction (and memoir) reorganizes our internal narratives, and allows us to try on the emotional resources of others. It does this, not by selling us products or threatening us with what we MUST-do-or-be-damned, but by showing other worlds, inviting imagination. As we recover from spiritual abuse and … Continue reading Religious Trauma into Soul Healing, Part VI: Reading Good Fiction

Loathing, Lust, & Longing: Why We Obsess so Much

My son amazes me. He has his obsessions, but they're about his music, his philosophizing. He’s so different from the adolescent me of thirty-five years ago. He’s calmer and freer to learn. He’s funny, and takes creative risks with language. He accepts people with all their weirdness. At his age, I worried a lot. I … Continue reading Loathing, Lust, & Longing: Why We Obsess so Much

Write your Life Story and Heal from It.

Wife Material, my new novel, started as a memoir before it became a work of fiction. I wrote it because I could not- not write it. In the beginning, I tried to expose the dark side of a religious sect – the one in which I spent my childhood. In the end, I’d made up … Continue reading Write your Life Story and Heal from It.

What is EMDR Therapy and how can it change your life?

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing can change your life. It's not as complicated as it sounds, but it is a leading methodology for individuals to overcome past trauma and better connect with their present lives. If you were ever mistreated as a child; neglected, ignored, hit or slapped or shaken, insulted, shamed, teased, bullied, used for … Continue reading What is EMDR Therapy and how can it change your life?

On Losing Christian Fundamentalism…and my Fundie Facebook Page

I closed my original Facebook account...the one full of cousins and college roommates......the one full of Christian fundamentalism. Two weeks ago. I’ve never felt better. True confession: I created a new account before closing my old one. I began populating New Facebook with people from age twenty-four and beyond, which might mean you. For a … Continue reading On Losing Christian Fundamentalism…and my Fundie Facebook Page