Someone familiar with knowledge of the theology of my background read my introduction and wrote, “I resonated with what you said about if you asked your family / husband, they wouldn’t have thought they were being abusive. So true, their thinking gets all turned and twisted, they don’t know which way is up.”
I laughed about that comment, since my old — now deleted — blogsite was called exactly that: “Hey! Which Way is Up?” written at an earlier time during my healing journey. How fitting!
“Amongst other things, your book is a thriller! So many terrifying scenes, I was sitting on the edge of my seat!!” ~ an ex-member.
“I started reading your book and it made me cry,” confessed a man I know.
It made a man cry?
“Why?” I was fishing for his insights.
“You show how really vulnerable children are,” he paused and answered thoughtfully. Then he hesitated, shook his head, and concluded, “Some parents really shouldn’t be parents.”
Additional Thoughts about comments from Readers of Phoenix of Faith
My parents didn’t necessarily “choose” parenthood. They didn’t know about birth control or parenting. They did what their parents did and their parents’ before them. And they didn’t always make healthy choices.
But knowledge is abundant in our modern age. Good books abound, if we are discerning. Good and not-so-good therapists abound, too. One must “shop” for a good one — someone with whom they resonate. Someone trained in their specific area of dysfunction.
So I told my friends who referenced my parents, “I wrote the book from the perspective of my earliest recollections so that readers can get a sense of what its like growing up in a dysfunctional family where ‘God says’ — virtually everything, no matter how crazy it sounds!” I drew quotes with my fingers around “God says,” punctuating my point about throwing religion into an already warped situation.
Thank you again readers for expressing your comments about Phoenix of Faith. These really help a self-published author such as myself to gain recognition and credibility!
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