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*Download Epub ⚣ Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing ⚡ Reba Riley s twenty ninth birthday was not a good time to undertake a spiritual quest, but when chronic illness prompted her to focus on one thing she could fix her whopping case of Post Traumatic Church Syndrome she undertook a challenge Visit thirty religions before her thirtieth birthday This was transformation by spiritual shock therapy Reba would find peace and healing if the search didn t kill her first During her spiritual sojourn without leaving home, Reba Danced the disco in a Buddhist temple Went to church in virtual reality, a movie theater, a drive in bar, and a basement Was interrogated about her sex life by Amish grandmothers Got audited by Scientologists, mobbed by NPR junkies, and killed almost Fasted for thirty days without food or wine, dammit Washed her lady parts in a mosque bathroom Learned to meditate with an Urban Monk, sucked mud in a sweat lodge with a Suburban Shaman, and snuck into Yom Kippur with a fake grandpa Discovered she didn t have to choose religion to choose God or good For everyone who has ever needed healing of body or soul, this poignant, funny memoir reminds us all that transformation is possible, brokenness can be beautiful, and sometimes we have to get lost to get found Funny, awkward, and oh so familiarI grew up in church Church is a family messy, awkward, and able to hurtpainfully than anyone or anything else on Earth Combine that with the fun of chronic illness.I dunno how many copies of this book I ll be buying for family and friends, but it ll be a lot. It s a common story if you were raised in Evangelical Christianity, chances are that at some point you threw it all over as hokum, spent a while flailing around in doubt, and then started wondering whether there was some modified form of Christianity you could actually live with I could relate to so much of Reba Riley s story She was a Pentecostal leaning fundamentalist right through high school, but in college she turned her back on it all even setting foot in a church made her feel nauseou It s a common story if you were raised in Evangelical Christianity, chances are that at some point you threw it all over as hokum, spent a while flailing around in doubt, and then started wondering whether there was some modified form of Christianity you could actually live with I could relate to so much of Reba Riley s story She was a Pentecostal leaning fundamentalist right through high school, but in college she turned her back on it all even setting foot in a church made her feel nauseous Yet she retained a strong spiritual compass that helped her tap into the energy of what she calls the Godiverse This is one of those yearlong projects that got turned into a book At age 29, Riley concocted the idea of experiencing 30 different religious traditions before she turned 30 Despite debilitating sickness later diagnosed as celiac disease , she spent 2011 12 visiting a Hindu temple, a Buddhist meditation center, a mosque, a synagogue, a gathering of witches, and a range of Christian churches it seemed to me like a little bit of a cheat, using a bunch of these to make up the numbers, but maybe it was the best she could manage in suburban Ohio Some of the highlights were spiritual training under the Urban Monk an Orthodox guide , a Native American sweat lodge, and an epic peanut butter sandwich with the Amish.As a guy she met in the synagogue said, You can t change the religion you were born with, so you might as well learn to celebrate it Determined not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, Riley decides to move forward in a Christian ish direction Could Christianity be the bedrock of my transformation instead of something to overcome with her two new totem objects as reminders of what she learned on her quest a disco ball shows the myriad facets of the divine, while the peacock, her spirit animal, is a symbol of rebirth and healing.Riley writes in a chatty, girlfriend to girlfriend style, as if you ve joined her book club for a glass of pinot grigio She readily acknowledges the influence of Elizabeth Gilbert, Cheryl Strayed and Anne Lamott, which gives you some idea of her demographic I can imagine this book appealing especially to twenty and thirtysomething women, but anyone who has stepped away from religion, reeling with disillusionment, will find this true to life.Related reading When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott Wild by Cheryl Strayed i find the writing, well, not very good Lame jokes, boring conversations and descriptions why do I need to know that her husband nuzzled her neck and it seems she is starting off with a very evangelical point of view God speaks to her directly, God wants her to explore different religions, etc She seems to shun evangelical Christianity but its most basic tenets are still with her so exploring other religions will never really be given a fair shot Hard to explain why I don t like the ama i find the writing, well, not very good Lame jokes, boring conversations and descriptions why do I need to know that her husband nuzzled her neck and it seems she is starting off with a very evangelical point of view God speaks to her directly, God wants her to explore different religions, etc She seems to shun evangelical Christianity but its most basic tenets are still with her so exploring other religions will never really be given a fair shot Hard to explain why I don t like the amateurish writing style there just seems to be so little intellect behind it Interesting that Elizabeth Gilbert found it so profound but then Gilbert herself is also all about self absorption I d like to read a serious book about people have have really left their Christian faith and how they have returned to it or reconciled it, etc Or attempted to understand that there is a whole world of liberal Christianity that has nothing to do with the type of Christianity she comes from Too shallow, too amateurish Having grown up in a very strong religious background including six years at a Baptist school and years of serious devotion as a teenager I thought that reading this book would help me to come to terms with some of my emotional baggage The title sounds so relevant to my life I know what it feels like to be an adult trying to make sense of the emotional abuse they received as a child done in the name of a higher power It seemed upon first glance that this woman felt the same way and that she Having grown up in a very strong religious background including six years at a Baptist school and years of serious devotion as a teenager I thought that reading this book would help me to come to terms with some of my emotional baggage The title sounds so relevant to my life I know what it feels like to be an adult trying to make sense of the emotional abuse they received as a child done in the name of a higher power It seemed upon first glance that this woman felt the same way and that she wrote this book to help others like herself.Except, as it turns out, it s just another I did this social experiment and wrote a book about it book It just wasn t what it purported to be, and the author came off as incredibly self indulgent I didn t care for her writing style, and I ended up skipping to the final chapter then carrying on with my life