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An Apology to Fellow Survivors

Today I want to share an excerpt from a new memoir I happened upon last week written by cult survivor Charity Rissler titled “Where the Willow Weeps: The Inside Story of Growing Up in a Cult, and how I Found Freedom in Christ.” I’d never heard of this cult called “The...

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Is God Misogynistic?

A 16-yr-old created this art project for high school. It had to be made out of a book and relevant to the book. She chose the Bible, and made this piece as a commentary on how it has been used to persecute women. As a survivor of a fundamentalist cult and now an...

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Freedom Day 2020

Freedom Day 2020 Five years ago today, I began my journey out of a cult. I walked into a counselors office for the first time in my life and asked for help. I didn’t fully understand what kind of trauma I had endured; after all, it was my “normal.” I began the...

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The Modesty Files: A New Podcast on Toxic Fundamentalism

I woke up just a touch nervous today. This morning a podcast episode has been released where I talk quite frankly about the messy details of my trauma story. A few months ago I received an email from a group of three sisters who run a new podcast called The Modesty...

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What Is A Girl Worth?

Never in my life have I read a more impactful book. After many of my fellow plaintiffs had read and recommended this book to me after its release in September, I finally downloaded the audio version this week and began to listen. I was not prepared for how it would...

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I Forgive You

Three Not-So-Small Words Last night was a difficult one for me. In my dreams I was once again haunted by memories of my former cult leader and his actions which stole my childhood innocence. As I finally rose from my bed at noon I felt so much heaviness over me. But...

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Burn The Ships!

“There was some truth mixed with the heresy.” “Some good came out of it.” “Some people were helped.” I hear these phrases all the time about the cult I was raised in. People try to convince me that I shouldn’t walk away completely; that somehow the small bits of truth...

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I Walked Away from Church — But Not Jesus

Shorty after leaving the cult, I took a break from church. I was so tired of the abuse of authority that I’d experienced most of my church-going life; I needed a break from it all. I walked away from going to church, but not from my faith. While I do believe being a...

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Emotional Abuse is Physical Abuse

Emotional abuse IS physical abuse. I was dying for most of my teenage years. I mean literally, in a hospital, 73 pounds, not enough blood running through my veins, dying. When I was 13 years old I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. The doctor said it was the worst...

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What is Spiritual Abuse?

Spiritual abuse is quickly becoming a buzz word nowadays, but I think few people realize just how prevalent it can be. Let’s look at a covert example of spiritual abuse I recently encountered, shall we? As I was reading the first chapter of James this morning, I came...

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