Rooted in her experiences growing up in an evangelical Christian family, Jamie Lee Finch’s You Are Your Own offers an overview of evangelicalism and the painful confusion and anxiety experienced under its demands.
Finch explores the mechanisms of trauma and how fundamentalist denominations match the patterns connected with PTSD. She elaborates on the doubt, guilt, fear, and grief that haunt those leaving the evangelical faith and offers an approach to help them recover healthy self-worth and resilience.
A socio-historical autobiographical analysis of evangelical Christianity's religious trauma, You Are Your Own emerges from Finch's reconnaissance on her own life - her journals, stories, trauma - and offers advocacy for everyone harmed by fundamentalist faith.
Jamie Lee Finch is a sexuality and embodiment coach, intuitive healer, self-conversation facilitator, sex witch, and poet. You can learn about Jamie’s work at JamieLeeFinch.com
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Clarity I needed
This book was what I did not know I needed. I related to this so deeply. The author articulates things that I’ve always felt but did not know how to characterize or even put words to. I’ve been in therapy 23 years and am just now appreciating how my experience with religious trauma affected me. Everything from my negative self-concept, eating disorders, self-destructive behaviors, shame- based interpersonal connections, co-dependence, etc... all had roots in christian fundamentalism. As a person who experienced trauma, the dismissive, invalidating response from Christians pushed me deeper into my painful struggle. It is so refreshing to read this and feel validated in a way that I so desperately needed. Thank you for spelling out so clearly what I needed to hear.
An important must read
If you are going through a rough time because you were hurt by the people who you always believed were the definition of good, this is a must read