Leaving Your Religion

Leaving Your Religion
Author: James Mulholland
Publsiher: CreateSpace
Total Pages: 226
Release: 2013-10
ISBN 10: 9781492896791
ISBN 13: 1492896799
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leaving Your Religion Book Review:

If you've considered leaving your religion, you are not alone.Each year over two million adults in the United States decide to no longer identify themselves with a specific religion. In 2012, according to the annual Pew Forum American Religious Identity Survey, over 45 million (20%) of the adults in the United States no longer claimed a religious tradition. For a variety of reasons, many are discovering religion doesn't work for them any longer. Unfortunately, for those becoming post-religious, there is very little being written by them or for them.In this book, James Mulholland – a former Christian minister and author of several best-selling religious books – offers practical advice to those struggling to make the shift from a religious to a non-religious life. Regardless of your religious background, there are common challenges in this transition. Understanding your losses, obstacles and opportunities can ease your pain and speed your development as a post-religious person. Leaving Your Religion guides those leaving a religious tradition through the process of leaving home, walking away and moving forward. When you think about your religious life or your understanding of God, if you struggle with persistent doubts, growing discomfort and feelings of sadness or anger, Leaving Your Religion may be for you. If you're already journeying away from religion, it may be a helpful travel guide. The book provides direction for those on the cusp of leaving, those who've walked away and those who – though they've left their religion - still struggle with sadness or anger. There are questionnaires, reflection questions, exercises, quotes and advice for the journey away from religion. Leaving Your Religion offers a gentle word of encouragement and hope for those seeking to create a non-religious life.

Leaving the Fold

Leaving the Fold
Author: Marlene Winell
Publsiher: Marlene Winell Ph.D.
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 9781933993232
ISBN 13: 1933993235
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leaving the Fold Book Review:

Have you been harmed by toxic religion? Learn how to recover and reclaim your life. Psychologist Marlene Winell is uniquely qualified to address the subject of this book. In addition to her personal experience with leaving fundamentalist religion, she has worked with clients recovering from religion for 28 years. She is known for coining the term Religious Trauma Syndrome. Leaving the Fold is a self-help book that examines the effects of authoritarian religion (fundamentalist Christianity in particular) on individuals who leave the faith. The concrete steps for healing are useful for anyone in recovery from toxic religion. In this book you'll discover: - what you can expect about stages of religious recovery - information about the key issues of recovery - relevant family dynamics - the power of manipulations - motivations for belonging and for leaving religion - specific steps for healing and reclaiming life - further steps for rebuilding life in the present Leaving the Fold is the only self-help psychology book on the subject of religious recovery. The accessible, compassionate writing is ideal for the reader who needs clear information and concrete help. Buy Leaving the Fold and begin your healing journey today

Religious Trauma Syndrome

Religious Trauma Syndrome
Author: Prince Charles Flavius
Publsiher: Independently Published
Total Pages: 70
Release: 2019-04-17
ISBN 10: 9781793267986
ISBN 13: 1793267987
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religious Trauma Syndrome Book Review:

RTS is a to the point, self-help guide on recovering from religion. Unlike any other book of its kind, RTS was written to rattle your conscience, and awaken your logic. Being written by someone who was born deep into religion gives it a personal connection and a realistic view on what someone goes through after leaving their faith. Most people, who were blessed with never having to be held back by belief would never understand the inner struggle one goes through in finding meaning in this world after being deceived their entire life. Too long have you been brainwashed and beguiled by those that would rob you of living life while taking you on a never ending exodus to some false promised land. This is why this book was written short, to the point, and was designed to not waste your time. So, if you have gone through this terrible transition, and need help through your time of trauma, then this is the book for you.

Handbook of Leaving Religion

Handbook of Leaving Religion
Author: Daniel Enstedt,Goran Larsson,Teemu T. Mantsinen
Publsiher: Brill Handbooks on Contemporar
Total Pages: 358
Release: 2019-10-21
ISBN 10: 9789004330924
ISBN 13: 9004330925
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Leaving Religion Book Review:

The Handbook of Leaving Religion introduces a neglected field of research with the aim to outline previous and contemporary research, and suggest how the topic of leaving religion should be studied in the future. The handbook consists of three sections: 1) Major debates about leaving religion; 2) Case studies and empirical insights; and 3) Theoretical and methodological approaches. Section one provides the reader with an introduction to key terms, historical developments, major controversies and significant cases. Section two includes case studies that illustrate various processes of leaving religion from different perspectives, and each chapter provides new empirical insights. Section three discusses, presents and encourages new approaches to the study of leaving religion.

Leaving Christianity

Leaving Christianity
Author: Stuart Macdonald,Brian P. Clarke
Publsiher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Total Pages: 219
Release: 2017-11-30
ISBN 10: 0773551948
ISBN 13: 9780773551947
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leaving Christianity Book Review:

Canadians were once church-goers. During the post-war boom of the 1950s, Canadian churches were vibrant institutions, with attendance rates even higher than in the United States, but the following decade witnessed emptying pews. What happened? In Leaving Christianity Brian Clarke and Stuart Macdonald quantitatively map the nature and extent of Canadians’ disengagement with organized religion and assess the implications for Canadian society and its religious institutions. Drawing on a wide array of national and denominational statistics, they illustrate how the exodus that began with disaffected baby boomers and their parents has become so widespread that religiously unaffiliated Canadians are now the new majority. While the old mainstream Protestant churches have been the hardest hit, the Roman Catholic Church has also experienced a significant decline in numbers, especially in Quebec. Canada’s civil society has historically depended on church members for support, and a massive drift away from churches has profound implications for its future. Leaving Christianity documents the true extent of the decline, the timing of it, and the reasons for this major cultural shift.

Leaving Church

Leaving Church
Author: Barbara Brown Taylor
Publsiher: Canterbury Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2013-01-25
ISBN 10: 1848253575
ISBN 13: 9781848253575
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leaving Church Book Review:

Tells how a renowned preacher left her ministry to rediscover the authentic heart of her faith. A moving reflection on keeping faith amidst the relentless demands of modern life.

Leaving the Saints

Leaving the Saints
Author: Martha Nibley Beck
Publsiher: Piatkus Books
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 9780749950910
ISBN 13: 0749950919
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leaving the Saints Book Review:

In a thoughtful examination of faith, bestselling author and life coach Beck chronicles her difficult decision to leave the Mormon church, and her struggle to overcome a dark secret buried in her childhood.

Leaving Church Finding Faith

Leaving Church  Finding Faith
Author: Juliet Dorris-Williams
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-04-16
ISBN 10: 9780578654775
ISBN 13: 0578654776
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leaving Church Finding Faith Book Review:

I've left the Christian Church. I've turned away from the structure, the sense of community, the doctrine, the dogma, the ritual, the thing that gave my life focus and grounding, the WHY of my life. My life made sense when the church was at the center of it. It doesn't now. Owning the decision to leave involves--The realization that you simply can't stay. --You cannot go forward with these people, with this structure, within this context of loving and serving God while frozen in your seat-- You cannot participate in ritual in this place while being handcuffed to a particular way to serve the God you love and the people God loves-- You do not fit. You no longer speak the language, if you ever did. This is no longer your home.Finding your path and your purpose in the world AGAIN, without the moorings of that which nurtured and informed your perceptions of the world is disorienting at best, completely life altering at worst. You think you are lost, but you are really found - perhaps for the first time in your spiritual life.

Back Pocket God

Back Pocket God
Author: Melinda Lundquist Denton,Richard Flory
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020
ISBN 10: 0190064781
ISBN 13: 9780190064785
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Back Pocket God Book Review:

"What do the religious and spiritual lives of American young people look like as they reach their mid-to-late twenties, enter the full-time job market, and start families? In Back Pocket God, Melinda Lundquist Denton and Richard Flory provide a look beyond conflicting stories that argue that emerging adults are either overwhelmingly leaving religion, or that they are earnest spiritual seekers maintaining a significant place in their lives for religion. Denton and Flory show that while the dominant trend among young people is a move away from religious beliefs and institutions, there is also a parallel trend in which a small, religiously committed group of emerging adults claim faith as an important fixture in their lives. Yet, whether religiously committed or not, emerging adults are increasingly personalizing, customizing and compartmentalizing religion in ways that suit their idiosyncratic desires. For emerging adults, God has become increasingly remote yet is highly personalized to meet their particular needs. In the process, they have transformed their conception of God from a powerful being or force that exists "out there" to their own personal Pocket God--a God that they can carry around with them, but that exerts little power or influence in their daily lives. God functions, in a sense, like a smartphone app-readily accessible, easy to control, and useful but only for limited purposes. Back Pocket God shows the changing relationship between emerging adults and religion, providing a window into the future of religion and more broadly, American culture"--

Leaving Christian Fundamentalism and the Reconstruction of Identity

Leaving Christian Fundamentalism and the Reconstruction of Identity
Author: Josie McSkimming
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2016-10-04
ISBN 10: 1317106563
ISBN 13: 9781317106562
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leaving Christian Fundamentalism and the Reconstruction of Identity Book Review:

There is an increasing interest in the influence of religious fundamentalism upon people’s motivation, identity and decision-making. Leaving Christian Fundamentalism and the Re-construction of Identity details the stories of those who have left Christian fundamentalist churches and how they change after they have left. It considers how the previous fundamentalist identity is shaped by aspects of church teaching and discipline that are less authoritarian and coercive, and more subtle and widely spread throughout the church body. That is, individuals are understood as not only subject to a form of judgment, but also exercise it, with everyone seemingly complicit in maintaining the stability of the church organisation. This book provocatively illustrates that the reasons for leaving an evangelical Christian church may be less about what happens outside the church in terms of the lures and attractions of the secular world, and more about the experience within the community itself.

Generation Ex Christian

Generation Ex Christian
Author: Drew Dyck
Publsiher: Moody Publishers
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2010-10-01
ISBN 10: 9781575675640
ISBN 13: 1575675641
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Generation Ex Christian Book Review:

Young people aren’t walking away from the church—they’re sprinting. According to a recent study by Ranier Research, 70 percent of youth leave church by the time they are 22 years old. Barna Group estimates that 80 percent of those reared in the church will be “disengaged” by the time they are 29 years old. Unlike earlier generations of church dropouts, these “leavers” are unlikely to seek out alternative forms of Christian community such as home churches and small groups. When they leave church, many leave the faith as well. Drawing on recent research and in-depth interviews with young leavers, Generation Ex-Christian will shine a light on this crisis and propose effective responses that go beyond slick services or edgy outreach. But it won’t be easy. Christianity is regarded with suspicion by the younger generation. Those who leave the faith are often downright cynical. To make matters worse, parents generally react poorly when their children go astray. Many sink into a defensive crouch or go on the attack, delivering homespun fire-and-brimstone sermons that further distance their grown children. Others give up completely or take up the spiritual-sounding “all we can do is pray” mantra without truly exploring creative ways to engage their children on matters of faith. Some turn to their churches for help, only to find that they frequently lack adequate resources to guide them. This is where Generation Ex-Christian will lend a hand. It will equip and inspire parents, church leaders, and everyday Christians to reawaken the prodigal's desire for God and set him or her back on the road to a dynamic faith. The heart of the book will be the raw profiles of real-world, young ex-Christians. No two leavers are identical, but upon close observation some categories emerge. The book will identify seven different kinds of leavers (the postmodern skeptic, the drifter, the neopagan, etc.) and offer practical advice for how to connect with each type. Shrewd tips will also intersperse the chapters alerting readers to opportunities for engagement, and to hidden landmines they must sidestep to effectively reach leavers.

Leaving Faith Behind

Leaving Faith Behind
Author: Fiyaz Mughal,Aliyah Saleem
Publsiher: Augsburg Books
Total Pages: 158
Release: 2020-04-28
ISBN 10: 1506467423
ISBN 13: 9781506467429
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leaving Faith Behind Book Review:

Leaving Faith Behind gives voice to women and men who were born into Muslim families and communities, but who have made the decision to leave Islam or to dissent against some of the most significant aspects of Islamic doctrine. Aliyah, who realized as a young woman that she did not have to live by rigid rules and concepts that suffocated her true self. Hassan, who became a practicing Muslim in his teens, but for whom doubts led him to leave the faith in his fifties. Jimmy, banished from his home and family when he was discovered to be gay. Marwa, who keeps secret from her community the fact that she can no longer practice a religion that she believes degrades and denies basic rights to women. Aisha, for whom the journey from belief to disbelief was a gradual process involving personal challenge and confrontations with friends and family. As increasing numbers of people in Western society choose to turn away from organized religion, this book allows the stories of some of them to be heard: the reasons for their decisions to leave, the challenges of leaving, and the effects on their lives and relationships. It also captures portraits of life and culture within Muslim communities in our fast-changing world, and how they are reacting and responding to migration, secularization, more inclusive attitudes to gender and sexuality, and other trends of modern society.

From Politics to the Pews

From Politics to the Pews
Author: Michele F. Margolis
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2018-08-17
ISBN 10: 022655581X
ISBN 13: 9780226555812
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Politics to the Pews Book Review:

One of the most substantial divides in American politics is the “God gap.” Religious voters tend to identify with and support the Republican Party, while secular voters generally support the Democratic Party. Conventional wisdom suggests that religious differences between Republicans and Democrats have produced this gap, with voters sorting themselves into the party that best represents their religious views. Michele F. Margolis offers a bold challenge to the conventional wisdom, arguing that the relationship between religion and politics is far from a one-way street that starts in the church and ends at the ballot box. Margolis contends that political identity has a profound effect on social identity, including religion. Whether a person chooses to identify as religious and the extent of their involvement in a religious community are, in part, a response to political surroundings. In today’s climate of political polarization, partisan actors also help reinforce the relationship between religion and politics, as Democratic and Republican elites stake out divergent positions on moral issues and use religious faith to varying degrees when reaching out to voters.

Empty the Pews

Empty the Pews
Author: Chrissy Stroop,Lauren O'Neal
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2019-12
ISBN 10: 9781946093073
ISBN 13: 1946093076
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Empty the Pews Book Review:

Leaving Alexandria

Leaving Alexandria
Author: Richard Holloway
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2020-03-05
ISBN 10: 9781786898913
ISBN 13: 1786898918
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leaving Alexandria Book Review:

This Sunday Times bestseller is a memoir about faith and doubt, with a strong meditative and philosophical heart

Unfollow

Unfollow
Author: Megan Phelps-Roper
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2019-10-08
ISBN 10: 0374715815
ISBN 13: 9780374715816
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unfollow Book Review:

The activist and TED speaker Megan Phelps-Roper reveals her life growing up in the most hated family in America At the age of five, Megan Phelps-Roper began protesting homosexuality and other alleged vices alongside fellow members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Founded by her grandfather and consisting almost entirely of her extended family, the tiny group would gain worldwide notoriety for its pickets at military funerals and celebrations of death and tragedy. As Phelps-Roper grew up, she saw that church members were close companions and accomplished debaters, applying the logic of predestination and the language of the King James Bible to everyday life with aplomb—which, as the church’s Twitter spokeswoman, she learned to do with great skill. Soon, however, dialogue on Twitter caused her to begin doubting the church’s leaders and message: If humans were sinful and fallible, how could the church itself be so confident about its beliefs? As she digitally jousted with critics, she started to wonder if sometimes they had a point—and then she began exchanging messages with a man who would help change her life. A gripping memoir of escaping extremism and falling in love, Unfollow relates Phelps-Roper’s moral awakening, her departure from the church, and how she exchanged the absolutes she grew up with for new forms of warmth and community. Rich with suspense and thoughtful reflection, Phelps-Roper’s life story exposes the dangers of black-and-white thinking and the need for true humility in a time of angry polarization.

You Lost Me

You Lost Me
Author: David Kinnaman,Aly Hawkins
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2011-10-01
ISBN 10: 1441213082
ISBN 13: 9781441213082
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

You Lost Me Book Review:

Close to 60 percent of young people who went to church as teens drop out after high school. Now the bestselling author of unChristian trains his researcher's eye on these young believers. Where Kinnaman's first book unChristian showed the world what outsiders aged 16-29 think of Christianity, You Lost Me shows why younger Christians aged 16-29 are leaving the church and rethinking their faith. Based on new research, You Lost Me shows pastors, church leaders, and parents how we have failed to equip young people to live "in but not of" the world and how this has serious long-term consequences. More importantly, Kinnaman offers ideas on how to help young people develop and maintain a vibrant faith that they embrace over a lifetime.

Sex God

Sex   God
Author: Darrel Ray Ed D.,Darrel Ray
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2012-01
ISBN 10: 9780970950543
ISBN 13: 0970950543
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sex God Book Review:

Why are all the major religions consumed with sex? What makes sex so important, whether Buddhism or Islam, Christianity or Mormonism? What is the impact of religion on human sexuality? This book explores this and more. It ventures into territory that has never been examined. You will be surprised at how much religion has influenced your sexuality, who you marry, the pleasure you get or don't get from sex, and what you can do about it.

God Is Not Great

God Is Not Great
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Publsiher: McClelland & Stewart
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2008-11-19
ISBN 10: 1551991764
ISBN 13: 9781551991764
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

God Is Not Great Book Review:

Christopher Hitchens, described in the London Observer as “one of the most prolific, as well as brilliant, journalists of our time” takes on his biggest subject yet–the increasingly dangerous role of religion in the world. In the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris’s recent bestseller, The End Of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope’s awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

The God Virus

The God Virus
Author: Darrel W. Ray
Publsiher: Ipc Press
Total Pages: 241
Release: 2009
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: PSU:000068076030
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The God Virus Book Review:

Dr. Darrel Ray, psychologist and lifelong student of religion, discusses religious infection from the inside out. How does guilt play into religious infection? Why is sexual control so important to so many religions? What causes the anxiety and neuroticism around death and dying? How does religion inject itself into so many areas of life, culture, and politics? The author explores this and much more in his book The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture. This second-generation book takes the reader several steps beyond previous offerings and into the realm of the personal and emotional mechanisms that affect anyone who lives in a culture steeped in religion. Examples are used that anyone can relate to and the author gives real-world guidance in how to deal with and respond to people who are religious in our families, and among our friends and coworkers.