Survivor Blogs: Compiling a List

For a while now, I’ve had a list of blogs by individuals who grew up in the Christian Patriarchy or Quiverfull movements and have since questioned and left. This list has grown as I’ve come upon additional blogs over the course of the past year and a half. I’d like to both bring the list to your attention and ask for your help in adding to it.

Of course, the boundaries of the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements are not clearly defined. In general, what I’m looking for is blogs by young adults who were influenced growing up by any of the following: ATI and Bill Gothard, Vision Forum, Sovereign Grace Ministries, Michael Farris, Reb Bradley, Mary Pride, Nancy Campbell, Doug Wilson, Michael Pearl, Jonathan Lindvall, and Joshua Harris. Generally these will be individuals who were homeschooled, or in some cases went to Christian school. The last criteria is that these individuals no longer ascribe to these movements and spend at least some of their blogging sorting through these ideas, refuting them, and analyzing the impact they had on their lives.

Here is what I have so far. Feel free to peruse these blogs, and please make suggestions regarding additional blogs in the comments.

  1. Breathing Outside the Bubble
  2. Bridging the Gap
  3. Broken Daughters
  4. Darcy’s Heart Stirrings
  5. Daughters of Junia
  6. Dispelled
  7. Dulce de Leche
  8. The Eighth and Final Square
  9. For Heaven’s Sake
  10. Incongruous Circumspection
  11. Just A(my)’s Blog
  12. Love, Joy, Feminism
  13. I Am A Beautiful Mess
  14. My Musing Corner
  15. The Nest Egg
  16. Past Tense, Present Progressive
  17. Permission to Live
  18. The Phoenix and Olive Branch
  19. Razing Ruth
  20. Sarah Over the Moon
  21. Starfury
  22. Walking in Christ
  23. Who I Am Without You
  24. Quivering Daughters

When Marriage Looks Like the Only Escape
When Men Wax Poetic about My Womb
What Courtship Was for Me
What the Ruff, the Spotted Hyena, and the Cuttlefish Taught Me about Gender and Sexuality
About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • Hännah

    I’ve moved to my own domain now, and am retiring the old site name.

    You should add and

    • Libby Anne

      Got it. Thanks!

  • Grace

    I grew up fundie and spent my teen/young adult years in Sovereign Grace and have blogged about it at Are Women Human.

    Somatic Strength is another survivor blog that deals a lot with incest and sexual violence against children.

    • Libby Anne

      See, this is why I did this! I knew I was forgetting people… Thanks!

  • Anon this time

    my sister began blogging when she still lived at home, but then her blog was found by my parents and of course that was a huge issue. so she moved it and still keeps it quite private for the most part. how do those who do blog watch out for their privacy from their parents/familys, or if they don’t care if their families read their blogs, how do they handle barrage of issues and anger and arguments that their posts produce?

    • Libby Anne

      It varies. I blog with a pseudonym and make sure not to use too many details, but I’m aware that my parents could find my blog, and probably will someday. Those who blog with their parents’ knowledge do so in spite of the anger they receive because they believe it’s important to discuss these issues. I have, though, seen blogs discontinued over this very issue. Best wishes to your sister!

  • Jess

    I tried commenting earlier but I am not sure it worked or if my comment is awaiting moderation.

  • Jess

    Also I read the bloggers listed below, but they are not frequently updated.

    Sisters from aquiverfull, puritan, home-scholling family: and

    A young man’s blog about growing up and leaving Gothardism:

  • Julian

    A queer blogger who was homeschooled in a complementarian family, and whom I wish would update their blog a little more frequently (because I think they’re extremely eloquent):

  • Kacy

    Add my friend, Lana, to your blog list. She recently started blogging about how her experiences with other cultures have changed her views on homeschooling, modesty, Calvinism, and her Christian patriarchy background.

  • Lana

    Thanks, you guys. Its good to be free, and its good to not walk alone in this.

  • Katty

    I just stumbled on a blog that seems to fit in with your list:

    The blogger says on her About page that she grew up in a family heavily involved with the IFB church where “right and wrong were laid out for me by my teachers and preachers almost daily.”
    She goes on to say that “eventually I began to question my world view as a whole, particularly my staunch religious beliefs. Formerly, I was a Bible-believing Baptist who put God’s will and words above all else. All of that was changed, however, after I did a little too much studying of the Bible (for college classes plus of lots of personal reading). In the end, my beliefs were destroyed.”

    I haven’t read much of her blog yet but I certainly plan to take a closer look!