- Why we left Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa
- Belts and spatulas: a story of spanking, fear, failure and redemption
- Elizabeth Smart & the life-threatening danger of shame-based purity culture
- Who is Elizabeth Esther?
- A Handy Guide For Dealing With Manipulative People
- Good Christian girls don't talk about sex. We just obsess about it.
- How Christian schools make children LESS Christian
- The Curvy Girl's Guide to Buying Pants
- I was spanked as a child and I turned out ok. Didn't I?
- When God is your abuser
Monthly Archives: January 2010
The comments to my anti-Victoria's Secret catalog post were truly eye-opening. It made me realize how many of us are outraged by the onslaught of pornographic images in lingerie ads, fashion magazines and even fast food ads. Most of all, … Continue reading
::view from a cemetery near my home:: I like to sit with the dead. Sitting in the silent finality of a cemetery gives me perspective, reminds me to redeem the brief time I've been given. And in a cemetery, nobody minds … Continue reading
I've banned Victoria's Secret catalogs from my home. Not because I dislike lingerie but because I enforce a zero porn policy. And maybe that sounds harsh but that's exactly what a Victoria's Secret catalog is: soft-porn. It's difficult enough at … Continue reading
Welcome! This week we're discussing Chapter 1 of Evangelical is Not Enough by Thomas Howard. I've recorded some personal thoughts and reflections/stories on Chapter 1 in the video below. Further down you'll find background information on the author and an … Continue reading
"Read? Read?" Jasiel chirps, backing herself up into my lap. She plops down with her favorite book, Goodnight Moon, and opens it. We've read this book so many times I can't believe she's not sick of it yet. And yet, … Continue reading
When people told me I was living inside a cult, I bristled with righteous indignation. And I was hurt. I just couldn't imagine how something as good and holy as my church could be associated with such a foul, dirty … Continue reading
Who needs toys when you've got a bouncy crib mattress and a twin?
Being a writer means getting hate mail. It's kinda fun, actually. Secular hate mail says: "Go to Hell." Christian hate mail says: "You're going to Hell." The funny thing is that non-believers don't necessarily think I'm damned while some Christians are … Continue reading
In our strict fundamentalist church, suspicion was our manna. We were suspicious of "Government schools" and "Government agencies" and "Government officials." The Government was always out to get us. But somehow, we were not suspicious enough of ourselves. As it … Continue reading