Writing can be a therapeutic way to process meaningful events in your life. Leaving your family’s religion, or any religious group can be emotional and even traumatic. When I first wrote my own story of leaving Christian Science, I found that it took lots of time to recall and process all the details and steps. I didn’t just wake up one day looking for a change; in fact, there were lots of small incremental signs in my life that Christian Science wasn’t working and was actually harming my relationship with God. If you’ve already left Christian Science, I’d like to encourage you to write your story.
The Book of Psalms, or the Psalter, is often where most people go for comfort and guidance in the Bible. This chapter of the Old Testament includes 150 songs and poems written by David, Solomon, Moses, Asaph, the sons of Korah, Heman, and Ethan. In the new book, Spurgeon and the Psalms, publisher Thomas Nelson (Maclaren Series) has adapted short devotions from Charles H. Spurgeon’s The Treasury of David: An Original Exposition of the Book of Psalms…in Three Volumes before each of the 150 Psalms in the New King James Version (NKJV).
There are a handful of Bible verses that are often quoted as platitudes. We hear these verses so frequently that they often lose their impact. We may hear them in passing, on the radio, or quoted by well-meaning family or friends. One such verse is Romans 8:28.
Never exposed to the role of blood in biblical Christian theology, I couldn’t fathom what blood had to do with one’s faith. But, as I learned more about God and what he did for me through the actual person of Jesus Christ (not the “Christ idea”), I slowly started to understand this ‘blood of Jesus.’
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been one year since releasing Leaving Christian Science:10 Stories of New Faith in Jesus Christ into the world. So many good things have come…
Everyday occurrences can trigger past hurts in ways that are difficult to understand. Trauma isn’t easy to wrap your mind around and having hope during difficult times isn’t common. Those of us with difficult journeys out of harmful relationships, addictions, or damaging religious groups are frequently reminded of our brokenness when things don’t go as planned. The year 2020 was not a stellar year for having a sense of control over our lives, yet there can be purpose and growth in navigating through these difficulties. Through understanding and looking deeper at things, we can embrace being broken by trauma, and approach being healed by hope.