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  • This week’s guest is Rachel Hunt. Rachel is both the Support Group Director and an Ambassador for Recovering From Religion.

    From her RFR bio, “Rachel is a motorcycle-riding ballroom dance teacher from rural Texas. Married with two adult children, Rachel has a strong interest in psychology, philosophy, and communication, in addition to the creative arts and home improvement. She was raised in Christian Science but drifted off as a teenager. She explored Scientology, Law of Attraction, and a variety of Protestant churches before settling comfortably into atheism.”

    Rachel shares her personal story and how Recovering from Religion is serving people all over the world.

    Links

    24/7 RfR hotline: 84-I-Doubt-It (844-368-2848 )
    https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/#rfr-welcome

    Recovering From Relgion
    https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/

    Secular Therapy Project
    https://www.seculartherapy.org/

    Interact

    For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2023/01/22/rachel-hunt-recovering-from-religion/

    Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversion

    Support the podcast on Patreon
    https://www.patreon.com/gracefulatheist

    Secular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/

    Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/

    Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/

    Attribution

    "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • This week’s guests are Brian and Troy of the podcast, I was a Teenage Fundamentalist. They interviewed David at the end of 2022, and now it’s our turn to hear from them.


    Brian and Troy “used to be loyal Christians megachurch leaders. They’re not anymore.” Their parallel stories are fascinating, as we are given a glimpse into their past lives and the Pentecostal movement in Australia.


    Today, Brian and Troy’s “honest and often hilarious podcast peeks behind the curtain at the weird, the worrying and the sometimes traumatic world of Evangelicals and Pentecostals.” This is a great episode that you won’t want to miss!


    Links

    Website
    https://www.iwasateenagefundamentalist.com/


    I Was A Teenage Fundamentalist podcast
    https://pod.link/1558606464


    Twitter
    https://twitter.com/WasTeenage


    Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/TeenageFundamentalist


    Facebook Group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/3188989997871128


    Link Tree
    https://linktr.ee/iwatf


    YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs0jrFsxPsg7rGNfgqzAGug


    IWATF interviews David from the Graceful Atheist Podcast
    https://pod.link/1558606464/episode/f8067a71cf74f38205420663954fceaf


    Interact

    For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes https://gracefulatheist.com/2023/01/15/troy-and-brian-iwatf/



    Attribution
    “Waves” track written and produced by Makaih Beats

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  • This week’s guest is Evan Clark. Evan is the Executive Director of Atheists United. Evan grew up in a partially religious home, but at six years old, the idea of a god didn’t make sense to him.

    He attended a Christian liberal arts college and was able to start its first atheist group. Since then, he’s gone on to create many humanist communities.

    In this episode, Evan explains why atheist spaces in the US differ from spaces in other more progressive countries, why community is not the only thing people need, and he shares some of Atheists United’s upcoming projects.

    Links

    Atheists United
    https://www.atheistsunited.org/

    Atheists United Studios Podcast Network
    https://www.atheistsunited.org/au-studios

    Interact

    For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2023/01/08/evan-clark-atheists-united/

    Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversion

    Support the podcast on Patreon
    https://www.patreon.com/gracefulatheist

    Secular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/

    Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/

    Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/

    Attribution

    "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • Arline guest hosts to ask David anything. David tells his deconversion story. He talks about the beginning of the Deconversion Anonymous FB group. David goes deep on what Secular Grace is and what it means to him. Links Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Secular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Why I am a Humanist
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/11/18/why-i-am-a-humanist/ Interact For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/12/18/ask-me-anything-2022/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversion Support the podcast onPatreon
    https://www.patreon.com/gracefulatheist Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • AMA? Try AAA. Ask Arline Anything. This week’s guest is your community manager, Arline. Arline tells us what she has learned from managing the community and interviewing guests. She explains how her views have changed on Christianity and fundamentalism after deconversion. She let’s us know what makes her mad and what gives her hope. She reveals her love language(s). Join me in thanking Arline for all the work she does for the community and the podcast. Let her know she is appreciated. Interact For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/12/11/ask-arline-anything-2022/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversion Support the podcast onPatreon
    https://www.patreon.com/gracefulatheistSecular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • Content Warning: Spiritual, physical and sexual abuse. Depression, post-partum depression, infertility and suicidal idealization. Arline guest hosts interviewing author and podcaster, Nicki Pappas. Nicki Pappas is a writer who critiques the evangelical establishment that shaped her. She’s the author of As Familiar as Family: Leaving the Toxic Religion I Was Groomed For. She’s also the host of the Broadening the Narrative podcast where she interviews guests who are broadening the narratives she was taught within white evangelicalism. She has three young children with Stephen Pappas, her steady partner in the chaos since 2010. Through her work, she desires to spark hope in the world around her and live out an embodied faith. Links Website
    https://www.nickipappas.com/ Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/broadeningthenarrative/ Broadening the Narrative Podcast
    http://broadeningthenarrative.blogspot.com/ #AmazonPaidLinks
    As Familiar as Family: Leaving the Toxic Religion I Was Groomed For
    https://amzn.to/3FlMRez Interact For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/12/04/nicki-pappas-as-familiar-as-family/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversion Support the podcast onPatreon
    https://www.patreon.com/gracefulatheistSecular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • This week’s guest is Jessica Moore, a life coach focusing on purity culture. Jessica grew up in a non-denominational Christian in Salt Lake City Utah surrounded by Mormons. She felt both the pressure to evangelize and be proselytized. Jessica went to an unaccredited Christian college where she first began to have doubts. She wound up traveling to Israel and seeing life on both sides of the Palestinian/Israeli border. She experienced the reverse culture shock coming back to the United States. Jessica put a lot of pressure on herself to be a “godly woman.” Purity culture had a damaging impact on her life. The focus of her work now is helping people recover from purity culture and religious abuse. Links Website
    https://jessicamoorecoaching.com/ Series of Expansion blog
    https://jessicamoorecoaching.com/blog Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/becomingyou.coaching/ Interact My appearance on the I Was A Teenage Fundamentalist podcast
    https://pod.link/1558606464/episode/f8067a71cf74f38205420663954fceaf For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/11/27/jessica-moore-becoming-you/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversion Support the podcast on Patreon
    https://www.patreon.com/gracefulatheistSecular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • Ben and Ang have been married for seventeen years. They met as tender homeschooled church-kids. They married young, and the church’s “formula” worked well for a while. They were mostly happy and went on to have kids of their own. But little things from childhood would pop up now and then—purity culture shame, fear of emotions, fear of the end of the world… In June of 2016, the shooting at Pulse nightclub “broke” Ang, and she knew she had to find a different way forward. By 2017, they both were out of church—Ben trying to save their marriage; Ang trying to save herself. Now, Ben and Ang are navigating a new and more intimate life together. They’re both agnostic, defining agnosticism a little differently from one another, but they both agree—this life is most important, and it must be lived to the fullest! Links Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/buildanadventure/ Interact For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/11/20/arline-interviews-ben-and-ang/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversionSecular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • This week’s guests are podcasters, Nathan Alexander and Todd Tavares of Beyond Atheism. Nathan grew up Anglican and in his early twenties, he realized there were no good reasons to continue believing. Todd grew up Catholic—technically still confirmed—but even at ten years old, he was a skeptic, wanting to explore reality rather than make-believe. In this interview, Nathan and Todd discuss racism, humanism, community-building and what it means to live thoughtfully in a godless world. It’s a sharp conversion you don’t want to miss! Links Beyond Atheism
    https://www.nathangalexander.com/podcast Race in a Godless World: Atheism, Race, and Civilization, 1850-1914
    https://www.nathangalexander.com/book-race-in-a-godless-world
    #AmazonPaidLinks
    https://amzn.to/3hGdEtO Interact For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/11/13/nathan-and-todd-beyond-atheism/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversionSecular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • This week’s guest is Heather Wells, author of Trustworthy: A Journey from American Christianity to Freedom. Heather grew up in a happy Christian home, attending a variety of churches—from “Women cannot wear pants,” to “There are drums!” She married at eighteen and expected to have a similarly happy marriage as her parents, but no matter how hard she worked—both literally and metaphorically—that was not going to happen. Heather felt like a spectator, watching the men around her plan her life. It looks years of a one-sided marriage, churches refusing to help and zero answered prayers for Heather to realize she had to be her own savior. Once she had a well-paying job and more education, she no longer needed others to rescue her and her family. Heather now enjoys a life that is her own and no one else’s. She is the trustworthy one. She can look to herself—her own intuition, her own knowledge and education—for what is best for her. That is a sweet gift that no one can take from her.
    #AmazonPaidLinks
    Trustworthy: A Journey from American Christianity to Freedom
    https://amzn.to/3heAKHA
    Interact For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/11/06/heather-wells-trustworthy/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversionSecular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • Humanist author and speaker, Joe Simonetta, grew up in a Catholic home with good values. He and his brothers “did well,” and he is thankful for the foundation his parents gave him. As a young man, affected by all the suffering in the world, he vowed to be part of the solution. He has lived a fascinating life, holding degrees from multiple universities, traveling extensively and enjoying all kinds of professions. His full bio is available here. Joe is hopeful about the future and has three basic rules that he believes can change the future for humanity: Be healthy. Be kind. Respect the environment. Links Website and books
    https://joesimonetta.com/ Interact For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/10/30/joe-simonetta-seven-words/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversionSecular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • This week’s guest is the content creator, @boundless_and_free. Boundless grew up in a good Christian home, attended a PCA church and believed all was well in her life. She would later learn the term CPTSD and understand that a “good Christian upbringing” may not have been quite what she’d thought. In college, Ms. Free first experienced anxiety and depression but had no vocabulary for it. The Church rarely discusses these things. It wasn’t until the “perfect life” she’d been promised began to unravel that she realized she needed a different way to understand “god” and herself . Now, as a “parts work” therapist, she helps others on their own journeys. Her personal experience of the divine centers around the ways that humans are connected to one another and the universe. Once again—whether someone leaves religion and becomes an atheist or continues on a spiritual journey—the real purpose in life comes from connecting with other people. We are all in this together, and we each get one life to leave this world better than we found it. Links Counseling Website
    http://theempoweredselfcounseling.com/ Boundless and Free on Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/boundless_and_free/ Religious Trauma Institute
    https://www.religioustraumainstitute.com/ Secular Therapy Project
    https://www.seculartherapy.org/You are not broken, you are human
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/12/06/you-are-not-broken-you-are-human/ Interact For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/10/23/arline-interviews-boundless-and-free/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversionSecular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • This week’s guest is Keke. Keke grew up a PK. Her family was in church, “running the show,” anytime the doors were open. Life at home was difficult for Keke, however, so the church provided a safe haven. But over time, domestic violence, mental health problems and other family secrets were too great a burden for her to carry. After high school, she joined the military, got married and even led her husband to Jesus. Then in 2017, as she was reading a most peculiar bible story to her daughter, she started on a deconstruction journey that she never saw coming. Keke now is learning everything she can about ancient mythologies, African American history and many other cultures. She’s also raising her children to be open to the world and its many cultures. She knows that human connection is truly what we need—whether with our ancestors through stories or with those around us today. Interact For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/10/16/keke-deconversion-of-a-pk/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversionSecular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • This week’s guest is Daniel. Daniel is a social scientist with a master’s degree in psychology. He grew up in the United Church of Canada, but church wasn’t a huge part of his life until high school. He then went to bible college and worked in ministry. He tried to experience God like others were, but it just wouldn’t happen. He took on the “Office of Skeptic,” for himself. He hoped it would both help his faith and the church. He could articulate questions and doubts that others couldn’t. Were these miraculous stories true? Was God really even there? If so, what the hell was he doing? Unfortunately, this only kept him in the church longer than he needed. By 2020, he’d been an agnostic theist for years and was finally seeing the harm done in North America by White Christianity. Now Daniel writes and speaks, sharing his knowledge with those struggling with addictions and other mental health needs. He no longer looks to the supernatural for miracles but knows how much human connection is the true healer. Links Here’s How Religion Imprints Us — Even When We Walk Away
    https://www.templeton.org/news/heres-how-religion-imprints-us-even-when-we-walk-away Religious Identity and Morality: Evidence for Religious Residue and Decay in Moral Foundations
    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0146167220970814 Interact For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/10/09/daniel-office-of-the-skeptic/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversionSecular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • This week’s guest is Treasure who is interviewed by Arline, the Deconversion Anonymous community manager. Treasure grew up in the Seventh Day Adventist tradition. Her whole family was focused on ministry. Treasure is a singer and she was continually asked to sing for every church she attended. She was focused on mental health issues and ministering to people in need. In 2020, Treasure began to quietly question her faith and began the slow painful process of deconstruction. Though she still loves hymns, even music, once a joy, has become “confusing” due to the obligation to perform for churches and feels like a “job”. Treasure has found spiritual and community fulfillment in her current spiritual practices of meditation, intentional journaling and yoga including sound bowl healing. She is also a participant in the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group where she says it is safe to vent. Interact For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/10/02/arline-interviews-treasure/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversionSecular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • Content Warning: miscarriage; traumatic birth; mental health problems; hell anxiety This week’s guest is Julia. Julia is the clever mind behind @painfulpostchristianprayers on Instagram. Julia grew up in a German mostly-atheist environment. The hostility, however, she saw for religion made it all the morning appealing. As she came of age, she found herself confirmed in the German Lutheran church but attending and loving a very American Baptist church. Julia was all-in but soon found some doctrines were a bit much, especially the teachings about Hell. For years, Julia threw herself into American Church World—she read the entire Bible, went to university to become a missionary doctor, met her spouse at church, even read Joshua Harris’s books! But life has a way of forcing some to wonder if the God they believe in really is as kind as they’ve been told. After one incredibly trying event after another, Julia could no longer see God’s “goodness.” She began to see through the “incredibly ridiculous explanations” people gave when God did not come through. Julia is in a very different place now, and her online presence provides an outlet for the anger that had been pent-up for so long. It has also brought her community. She is far from alone, thousands are waking up to the lies and empty promises of Christianity. And that is what is what humans truly need—not a distant pretend deity but real human connection and relationship. Interact For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/09/25/julia-deconstruction-of-a-doctor/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversionSecular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • Stay skeptical? This week’s guest is Thom Krystofiak. He’s the author of Tempted to Believe: The Seductive Power of Claims About “The Truth.” Thom grew up Catholic but as an adult began practicing TM, Transcendental Meditation. He followed gurus and groups for decades, even though he was never quite convinced of the more spectacular claims of TM. Thom shares about his experiences in the TM movement and what pushed him out. He also discusses important questions people, regardless of their belief or skepticism, could ask themselves: What do I mean by truth? How do I find the truth? And how much does truth really matter? Links Tempted to Believe: The Seductive Power of Claims about "The Truth"
    https://amzn.to/3qKAa63 Thom’s personal site
    https://krystofiak.com/ Interact For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/09/18/thom-rystofiak-tempted-to-belive/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversionSecular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • This week’s guest is Doug. Doug became interested in church when he was in junior high, and when Doug is in, he’s all in. He was a believer throughout high school, college and into the military. But then books and magazines happened. Doug began reading more “skeptical literature,” and the questions began. Doug’s faith unraveled while he was “an atheist in a foxhole,” but faith in the supernatural was unnecessary. He needed his own strength, and the strength of the people around him. He has since been an atheist pastor, finding the human connection he and his wife needed, without changing their beliefs or forsaking their values. As Brene Brown says, “We are hardwired to connect with others,” and Christianity has no longer cornered the marked on community and belonging. Links Unitarian Universalist Church of Tullahoma
    https://tullahomauu.org/index.html Doug’s Short story “The Faith I Left Behind” is in the book, The Sandbox: Dispatches from Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan
    https://amzn.to/3RYrHaZ Interact For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/09/11/doug-traversa-atheist-minister/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversionSecular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • This week’s guest is Cooper. Cooper grew up deeply immersed in church world. From the time she was a little girl, she was devoted to God and obedient to her family. In high school, life threw her a curve ball, but she continued faithfully loving Jesus and doing what she believed to be best. Parenthood, marriage, church life and military life all, in different ways, knocked her feet out from beneath her. Every year it seemed like something was more difficult, more uncertain and the church wasn’t always stepping up with the support she needed. After years of questions without satisfying answers, Cooper finds herself a woman—more than a wife and mom—with options and freedom to choose her own life. She may not have the answers to every question, but she’s okay with that. She and her children keep moving forward, empowered now to love one another without sacrificing themselves. Interact For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/09/04/cooper-deconstruction-of-a-mother/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversionSecular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/

  • This week’s guest is Jack Robertson. Jack is a returning guest and an integral part of the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group. Earlier this year, Jack’s youngest daughter, Emily, was in an accident, suffering severe burns on her body. Jack discusses how his online community and IRL friends stepped in to support his family. He also discusses the anger and hurt their family experience at the platitudes and cliches of the Christians in their lives. Emily’s clearheadedness, dark sense of humor and incredible resilience has brought her a long way in the healing process—mentally, physically and emotionally. Jack and the rest of their family are also healing in their own ways, supporting one another and seeking professional help. We are Human. We are social beings whose needs are not met by “a guy in the sky.” Our needs are met through our relationships with one another, especially those who are closest to us. Links Go Fund Me
    https://gofund.me/bba4d01e Jack’s Deconversion episode
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2021/10/31/jack-robertson-deconversion-story/ Kenyetta and Jack Save the World
    https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/kenyetta-jack-save-the-world-4099553
    Graceful Atheist on Kenetta and Jack Save the World
    https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/kenyetta-jack-save-the-world-4099553/episodes/the-abcs-of-grace-127398471 Musings of an ADD Mind
    https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/musings-of-an-add-mind-2160439 Interact For quotes, recommendations and more see the full episode show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2022/08/28/jack-emilys-story/ Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversionSecular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstruction
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/