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With the family’s death wish hanging over the author’s head — and a belief system in which it was impossible to exist independently of the cult — well now you, dear reader, might know why it was imperative that Esther purge the family belief system.
That’s her journey to safety — a long, circuitous, confusing, and complex route. And she’s only part way there. She has her ups and downs. Some days go really well — and other days — well, she slides into a dark hole. Yet at a soul level, she has not given up on her right to live a fulfilling life. Instead, she crawls out of her despair and seeks the root source of the split belief within herself, in order to bring herself into balance.
She now believes that it is utterly impossible to co-exist caught between two conflicting belief systems.
Phoenix of Faith is a story of survival — one woman’s challenges in abandoning the patriarchal religion of her family of origin — a lifetime of fear-based conditioning. Read this poignant story of one woman’s challenge to outgrow co-dependency and limiting beliefs in which she was raised.
A book dedicated to her two beautiful children who were marvelous students of her teachings. Esther holds the vision they have the tools to leave as did she.
Comments from Readers
“This book shows how a patriarchal religion attracts and supports psychopathic men, who are fathers and husbands, who inflict lasting damage on their spouses, children and extended families. Written “from the inside”, it is a case study that will be of interest to those studying the psychology of fundamentalist religion and the process of cult recovery.”—Manager with wide-ranging interests working in the Infotech Field
“Reading your book has helped me to put all of those feelings of being watched, feelings of being judged, as well as other weird sensations into words, so as to validate my feelings,”—A Non-believer with JW relatives
“I really never have been a big reader but this is one book I am sure I won’t be able to put down. It will shed some light on matters that have a real close meaning to me.“—An Ex-Member
“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.”—A Forum Comment
For Immediate Release Phoenix of Faith
Can a woman leave a patriarchal belief system and survive a lifetime of fear-based conditioning?
Like the mythical bird who rose out of her own ashes, Esther Harrison was treated as dead by adherents of her former religion — Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is not easy breaking the mold. Old ways of living served a purpose — namely keeping her bound by antiquated patriarchal traditions and rules. But what happens when those rules no longer serve a useful purpose? Esther woke up to realize she was in a dysfunctional marriage and a religion which enabled the behavior. Upon leaving both her marriage and the religion, her former religionists turned on her. Her own children shunned her. That would straighten her out — teach her the error of her ways!
Or would it?
The author moved far away from her childhood, including the beliefs she was raised with. British Columbia was distant enough to give her a fresh perspective and insights about the past which have helped her in the writing of this book. She now lives in British Columbia, Canada.
Here it is: Phoenix of Faith!
Phoenix of Faith ISBN: 978-0-9739956-0-2 ($29.95)
(368 pages with easy-to-read print)
Phoenix of Faith is a true story which takes place in Manitoba (Arborg, Gimli, Winnipeg Beach, Teulon, Selkirk, and Winnipeg), Saskatchewan (Saskatoon and Regina), Alberta (Lethbridge and Calgary), British Columbia (Vancouver and Burnaby)
Posts for Phoenix of Faith
As my introduction to Phoenix of Faith, I will jump in and say that while it is true I kept a journal for many years, I did not begin writing Phoenix of Faith until the day after I discovered my daughter was getting married and I was not invited. I was devastated. What kind of monster had I become that my beloved daughter had to distance herself so completely from me, her own mother? Read more >>
From Delusional Beliefs to Discovery of the Self — a book about abandoning the family religion. What if you found out your faith was built upon sand? Did humans create religion to support their pre-existing beliefs? Is God real? Do you require proof or faith in order to believe? Faith is defined secularly at dictionary.com as “Belief: (noun) 1. strong or unshakeable belief in something, especially without proof or evidence.” According to the Bible’s definition: “Faith is the assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld.”—Hebrews 11:1 (New World Translation) Read more >>
I just received my next print run of Phoenix of Faith. I’m excited after recently receiving several comments from my readers, such as: “READ YOUR BEAUTIFUL BOOK…in about 5 days! It was great! Thanks for sharing your story with the world….I feel honoured to have played a small role in your life-adventure…and privileged to read about it all, now. You have a great writing style, Esther…would love to see you give Hollywood a go at it…have it put into a script for the silver screen!…” Read more >>
After walking away from an antiquated patriarchal belief system, Phoenix of Faith author Esther Harrison has discovered something wonderful. She is creating a healthy new life for herself. How did that come about? Read more >>