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Fairy tales are true, not because they tell us that dragons exist;
but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.   ~ G. K. Chesterton


I started writing about my experiences with patriocentricity, hard-core complementarianism, and fundamentalism last year when I sought counseling for the first time. I’ve always “journaled” through the hardest times of my life, and writing, to me, is a healing balm. I started this blog as an extension of that– I had posted a few things as facebook notes, and my family and friends told me that my stories were helping them. That indicated to me that maybe my story could help people I didn’t know– people who had experienced the same things, or even people who hadn’t.

So, here I am, typing away, obsessively checking my stats every few minutes (I’m hoping that compulsive need to check wears off after a while…), and trying to help anyone who needs it. Especially myself. Hopefully I make you laugh, maybe even make you cry, but most of all I hope that you walk away from my blog encouraged, no matter what you’ve gone through– or are still going through.

17 thoughts on “Purpose

  1. I found your blog when the Slacktivist quoted you in today’s “Smart People Saying Smart Things,” and I couldn’t agree more. I’m going through your archives now. I think you’re a talented writer with a gift for imagery, and that you’re incredibly brave for sharing these experiences with everybody. My Catholic upbringing was no picnic, neither, though it doesn’t hold a candle to what I’ve read already. I’m really glad I found you.

  2. Hi,
    I found your blog through another friend of mine and I wanted to say how deeply touched I am by your story. I’ve gotta say as I read yours I find so many similar things have happened to me in my life that it makes me tear up. I have been where you were, struggling through spiritual abuse and overcoming it. I’m also a surviver of domestic violence. It’s good to know there is people out there who think the same way you do and have overcome some of the same trials. You are a very talented writer. Thank you for sharing your story so that it can help bring healing to many other people. I applaud you and encourage you to take strength in the fact that you are making a impact. May you be blessed and may your story continue to be heard.

  3. Hi! I ran across your blog when the Slacktivist Blogger (Fred) mentioned you were doing a kind of year in review. I’ve already read quite a few posts and I find them educational, illuminating and hard-hitting at times.

  4. Hello…I found your blog through NLQ and I have read through almost all of your posts in the last 2 days…I couldn’t stop! I may some obsessive tendencies, obviously, lol but I really just love seeing your perspective and I enjoy the way you write. You articulate sometimes complex ideas wonderfully and, although I am not really one to comment online, I wanted to thank you for your honesty and transparency, and the genuine feeling that comes through your words. I have saved some of your posts to share with others in the future. Keep up the good work!

  5. I just wanted to say thank you for your writings. Much like you, I grew up in IFB churches and went to the same undergrad school. My family and everything around me was IFB. After graduating, moving away and cutting ties with the strictest part of my family, I still feel strangled by the religion I was force-fed. I am learning about all I was blind to before. Finally able to form my own opinions and beliefs. And all along I thought I was alone. Thank you for sharing and giving me the hope and encouragement I needed.

  6. I grew up in Fundamentalism. My church was extremist right-wing, however my family was not Christian at all (they did not attend my church, I began attending because of a bus ministry). 2 conflicting views being taught as I grew up leave me now trying to dig through my fundamentalist indoctrination and see God, and Christianity outside of those lenses. Keep writing, it’s helpful to those like yourself trying to dig out of the programmed whole we’re in.

  7. I search on Aphrodite today and came upon your blog and your article. Lucky day, I resonate with your writing and will be reading through so much more. Thank you for sharing and writing for your balm as it is soothing this way as well.

  8. I found your blog while I was reading up about the Dugger situatino (gross). I’ve been clicking around your various posts for nearly 2 hours now. I’ve yet to come across something I vehemently disagree with, though our paths are very different. Thank you for sharing your voice and thoughts with those of us here in internet – land. I’ll be following from now on

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