I’m Elizabeth Esther and I use my words.
I’m the author of:
Girl at The End of the World: my escape from fundamentalism and search for faith with a future
(Releasing March 2014, Convergent Books–an imprint of Random House)
I live in Southern California with my husband and our five children.
I grew up inside an abusive Christan fundamentalist church–which is a nice way of saying I kick ass at Bible Trivia and am classically trained in stockpiling for the Apocalypse. I left the cult 10 years ago. I still can’t go to church without needing to call my therapist afterwards. But I won’t let go of faith entirely–especially since experiencing a small glimpse of the unconditional love of God.
This blog is mostly about my recovery from fundamentalist religion. I deconstruct harmful beliefs like how I was taught to never trust my heart, why I believed I was an inherently evil human being, and the abusive idea that God wants parents to spank their children until their “will is broken.” I’ve written about learning to forgive and be forgiven through Confession and how Mary brought me back to Jesus.
My other writing credentials include writing a column for the Orange County Register. My published articles have appeared in Mothering Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine and the Orange County Register. I’ve also written pieces for (in)courage, and Faith&Family. I was a contributing blogger/vlogger for OCFamily.com where I posted short, humorous videos about stuff like why Daddies are rockstars and Mommies are losers. I wrote the foreword for this book and this book.
I write about everything from my prestigious job as Chief Executive Butt Wiper to my battle with depression/PPD. I’ve written about the challenges of raising my super-hero ADHD son and why taking time to dither and fritter is not wasted time.
Lastly, I’m passionate about writing stories to help free children from poverty. Here I am with two boys I sponsor in Bolivia:
“No heart is as whole as a broken heart and I would say no faith is as solid as a wounded faith.” –Elie Weisel
Oh, and here’s a little clip of my appearance on Fox News’ “Fox&Friends”
Need more convincing? Here’s the “Best of EE” :
Book Reviews/Author Interviews:
Recovering from an abusive church experience (find more in the “recovering fundamentalist archives):
Parenting & Motherhood:
The Orange County Register:
Breaking Up With Facebook is Hard to Do [front page article]
She and Facebook are canoodling again [front page article]
Now Batting…Our Future [featured article in Life section]
Orange Coast Magazine, April 2009, My OC Column: “Love Unleashed” [avail. in print only]
Mothering Magazine: March/April 2010, Art of Mothering Column, “The Purple Princess Boy Bike” [see YouTube video below]
Take a Risk @ (In)Courage
Compare, Contrast, Despair @ Faith & Family