HA & NLQ: What Are We After We Leave?

by Heather Doney cross posted from her blog Becoming WorldlyI have a concern about stuff I’m seeing and not seeing in the survivor community, and I think the time has come to address it, and talk about creating individualized post-fundamentalist roadmaps to ensure you’re not accidentally following new leaders in directions that don’t truly work for you.  So here goes: … [Read more...]

When Controlling Behaviors Backfire

by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalOne of the first bloggers I started to follow after experiencing bullying and abuse in the institutional church was Julie Anne. She now writes a blog called Spiritual Sounding Board, but when she first started blogging, she could be be found here.She wrote this about being sued by her ex-pastor: "Days after the commencement of this blog, I received a legal summons suing me and three others for defamation to the tune of $500,000. The story of spiritual abuse needs to be told. People are being hurt emotionally and spiritually by pastors who use bully tactics and we need a place to learn, to talk freely, and to heal. I will not … [Read more...]

Sarah Morehead Fundraiser

by No Longer Quivering founder Vyckie Garrison a plea to help out this holiday season.Sarah Morehead and her children need and deserve our support this Christmas! Sarah was one of the first ex-fundie moms to join the No Longer Quivering group way back when our spiritual abuse recovery support was just a tiny forum on Proboards.Over the years, I've been in awe of the incredible amount of dedicated work, work, work! which Sarah has devoted to the cause of exposing religious abuse and providing assistance to the community of folks who have the courage and integrity to walk away from toxic religion. … [Read more...]

Vyckie Garrison in People Magazine

Just a quick reminder that No Longer Quivering founder  Vyckie Garrison was interviewed by People magazine in reference to the dangers of the Quiverfull life style. The issue will be on newsstands nationwide today. A teaser for the article can also be found at People.com - Duggar Scandal  Here's a few quotes by Vyckie from the article: … [Read more...]

Book Review: Relax, It’s Just God

NLQ friend and author of "13:24  - A Story of Faith and Obsession" M. Dolon Hickmon has written a review of Patheos blogger Wendy Thomas Russell's new book "Relax, It's Just God" for The Humanist.Com. Wendy blogs about parenting at Natural Wonderers.This is a book that deals with the issues of how and when to explain or expose your children to the ideas of faith, even if you have no religious beliefs of your own as a parent. It cites research data from a large group of secular parents positing when and what to teach your children, or if you should bother teaching your children any knowledge of faith or belief. … [Read more...]

New Book “Beyond An Absence of Faith” & Vyckie Garrison podcast

There's a book that's been published  in the last year named 'Beyond An Absence of Faith: Stories About the Loss of Faith and the Discovery of Self' by Johnathan MS Pierce and Tristan Vick   What's so exciting about this book is that it features the story of NLQ writer Bruce Gerencser and NLQ Founder Vyckie  Garrison. Check it out!Several days ago Vyckie also took part in Atheist Analysis' podcast along with a few others on International Women's Day.If this is your first time visiting NLQ please read our Welcome page and our Comment Policy! Comments open below NLQ Recommended Reading … Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement by Kathryn Joyce 13:24 - A Story of Fai … [Read more...]

Announcement: The Hotline Project of Recovery From Religion

NLQ friend and partner site Recovery From Religion is launching their long anticipated Hotline. The Hotline Project will be available 24 hours a day for those struggling with the emotional turmoil of leaving their faith. Here's what Recovery From Religion  has to say on their site about the project: … [Read more...]

Breaking The Generational Cycle of Child Abuse

Our good friend M. Dolon Hickmon has a guest post up at Dan Fincke's site Camels With Hammers called 'Breaking The Generational Cycle of Child Abuse'  For those of you that don't know Mr. Hickmon he is also the author  of a powerful novel based upon some of his personal experiences of growing up in an abusive religious family - 13:24 - A Story of Faith and Obsession If you haven't read his book yet then I cannot emphasis strongly enough how good it is! He also writes for The Freethinker and On Faith. … [Read more...]

An Appeal from M. Dolon Hickmon – Vyckie’s Fundraiser

by M. Dolon Hickmon, Author of '13:24 - A Story of Faith and Obsession'Last September, I sent a tweet to a woman I didn't know, asking for help publicizing the Kickstarter campaign for my debut novel about spiritual and physical child abuse. The enthusiasm of her response was unexpected and absolutely amazing. She arranged for one of my essays to be published on Patheos, and within hours my project had been included in a child abuse feature that appeared on both Alternet and Salon. By the evening, I'd been invited to share my plan to change the world through an innovative new kind of novel on radio talk shows that aired from coast to coast in America.Over the last year, that stranger … [Read more...]

Not Quoting Quiverfull: Memories of ‘The Rod’

M. Dolon Hickmon, author of 13:24 - A Story of Faith and Obsession, has written a new article about the recent events with NFL player Adrian Peterson. It's a difficult but good read because of the unflinching descriptions of the Christian child discipline suffered by the author at roughly the same age as Peterson's son. People do carry the memories of what happens to them as young children into the rest of their lives as Hickmon proves in his piece. … [Read more...]