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Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome

One Woman's Desperate, Funny, and Healing Journey to Explore 30 Religions by Her 30th Birthday

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An important inspirational debut, Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome is much more than a memoir about reclaiming faith and overcoming chronic illness. Written with humor and personality, it tackles the universal struggle to heal what life has broken. This is a book for questioners, doubters, misfits, and seekers of all faiths; for the spiritual, the religious, and the curious.

Reba Riley’s twenty-ninth year was a terrible time to undertake a spiritual quest. But when untreatable chronic illness forced her to her metaphorical (and physical) derriere on her birthday, Reba realized that even if she couldn’t fix her body, she might be able to heal her injured spirit. And so began a yearlong journey to recover from her whopping case of Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome by visiting thirty religions before her thirtieth birthday. During her spiritual sojourn, Reba:

-Was interrogate by Amish grandmothers about her sex life
-Danced the disco in a Buddhist temple
-Went to church in virtual reality, a movie theater, a drive-in bar, and a basement
-Fasted for thirty days without food—or wine
-Washed her lady parts in a mosque bathroom
-Was audited by Scientologists
-Learned to meditate with an urban monk, sucked mud in a sweat lodge with a suburban shaman, and snuck into Yom Kippur with a fake grandpa in tow
-Discovered she didn’t have to choose religion to choose God—or good

For anyone who has ever longed for transformation of body, mind, or soul, but didn’t know where to start, Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome reminds us that sometimes we have to get lost to get found.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 09, 2015 – Exhausted by a mysterious chronic illness, businesswoman Riley, who once studied at the Focus on the Family Institute to become a Christian counselor, wants to believe in God again. The very thought of going to church, however, triggers dread. Hoping to find spiritual healing, Riley resolves to try 30 different religions before her 30th birthday. This chatty, lighthearted memoir recounts that experiment, in which, among other adventures, she visits a Hindu temple on Diwali, attends synagogue on Yom Kippur, and goes to a Scientology center for an “audit.” Though she circles back to Jesus, he is not the tightly circumscribed Jesus of her childhood Pentecostalism, but a powerful love that is greater than any single religious expression. If the prose leans a bit too heavily on dialogue and the humor occasionally reads as trying too hard, Riley’s debut gently offers doubters a friendly invitation to reconsider the gifts religion has to offer.

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Post Traumatic Church Syndrome

I dont agree with every point of view, but we share some things in common , an inqusitive analytical mind, her boleness and courage to question what she was taught, and her quest in search of answers. She answered many of my questions and confirm scriptures which says "Love your neighbor as your self", fear God and keep his commandments for thats the whole duty of man", Let God be true and every man a lier"and God protected her in her quest, and God is saying its ok to ask questions I can handle it.

Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Aug 18, 2015
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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