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Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions

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Beyond Belief addresses what happens when women of extreme religions decide to walk away. Editors Susan Tive (a former Orthodox Jew) and Cami Ostman (a de-converted fundamentalist born-again Christian) have compiled a collection of powerful personal stories written by women of varying ages, races, and religious backgrounds who share one commonality: they've all experienced and rejected extreme religions.

Covering a wide range of religious communities — including Evangelical, Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, Calvinist, Moonie, and Jehovah's Witness — and containing contributions from authors like Julia Scheeres (Jesus Land), the stories in Beyond Belief reveal how these women became involved, what their lives were like, and why they came to the decision to eventually abandon their faiths. The authors shed a bright light on the rigid expectations and misogyny so often built into religious orthodoxy, yet they also explain the lure — why so many women are attracted to these lifestyles, what they find that's beautiful about living a religious life, and why leaving can be not only very difficult but also bittersweet.

Review:

“These women share the terror they experienced because they dared to read Judy Blume, or disagreed that feminism is Satan's tool, or had sex outside of marriage, or refused to believe that reciting verses from their holy scripture would solve every one of life's problems. Their brave, aching stories reveal a new truth.” Leora Tanenbaum, author of Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality

Review:

"With a bold eye for the tragic and ridiculous, these spot-on testimonies by women cast a penetrating light on their pilgrimages to Planet Religion in search of meaning and sanctuary, trudging through the sloughs of inequity and weirdness to reach, with luck, the get-me-the-hell-out-of-here exit." Tova Reich, author of My Holocaust

About the Author

Cami Ostman's first book, Second Wind: One Woman's Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents, was published by Seal Press. She is a weekly contributor to The Spirited Woman and has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine; Adventures Northwest; and Fitness magazine.

As a writer, editor, and researcher for more than 14 years, Susan Tive has worked on on several nonfiction titles, including Faith and Feminism and Rachel's Bag, and on a variety of academic articles exploring psychology, feminism, and religion.

They both live in Bellingham, WA.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781580054423
Author:
Susan Tive and Cami Ostman
Publisher:
Seal Press (CA)
Author:
Ostman, Cami
Author:
Tive, Susan
Subject:
Religion World-Sexuality and Gender Studies
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Review" by , “These women share the terror they experienced because they dared to read Judy Blume, or disagreed that feminism is Satan's tool, or had sex outside of marriage, or refused to believe that reciting verses from their holy scripture would solve every one of life's problems. Their brave, aching stories reveal a new truth.”
"Review" by , "With a bold eye for the tragic and ridiculous, these spot-on testimonies by women cast a penetrating light on their pilgrimages to Planet Religion in search of meaning and sanctuary, trudging through the sloughs of inequity and weirdness to reach, with luck, the get-me-the-hell-out-of-here exit."
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