Post-traumatic Church Syndrome

Post-traumatic Church Syndrome

A Memoir of Humor and Healing

Book - 2015 | First [edition].
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"A woman about to turn 30 and dealing with health challenges finds that she wants to reconnect with faith, just not with the religion she was raised in. She decides to visit 30 different faith traditions before she turns 30, and finds that her journey encompasses more than just visiting different houses of worship"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Howard Books, [2015]
Edition: First [edition].
ISBN: 9780827231207
Characteristics: xii, 350 pages ; 23 cm


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May 20, 2019

I really loved this book, for many different reasons. I've been dealing with PTCS for the past 5 years, and since I'm still living with my very religious father, it's really difficult for me to find religion appealing. This book found it's way to me more than I did it--almost like my own little sign from the godiverse, as Reba puts it. I was interested due to the name of the book, and the fact that the author's last name happens to be my first name. It drew me in, and really shows that you don't have to choose a religion to love others and have a connection with any god.

Mar 26, 2017

The first thing you need to know is that, if you are looking for an in depth discussion of post traumatic church syndrome or a self-help guide to get over it, this is not the book that will answer those needs. What it is is one woman's journey to overcoming her own PTCS. This is the first book in a long time that I have read in one sitting. It is well written and humourous but doesn't discount the trauma associated with loss of faith in a church or set of ideals. It's interesting to learn snippets of what other religions believe and also to see the similarities in those beliefs. The journey itself is told well and feels open and authentic. For those of us that do suffer from traumatic church experiences, the take home here is that there is hope. You can become whole. It will take work and will not be easy or always comfortable, but it can be done. Excellent read for anyone interested in world religions and healing.

ArapahoeAnna Sep 10, 2016

Riley takes us along on an unusual year long journey right here in the USA. Do you have post-traumatic church syndrome or spiritual indigestion? Try this book for humor, insight, and healing.


I LOVE this book. I am only on chapter 7 and am enjoying it so much and her brand of humor that I am already giving it 5 stars.
If this is your style of humor, I also recommend ' A year of no sugar ', which is also terrific !

Dec 08, 2015

I am glad that the author was able to heal the symptoms of celiac disease. I found her humour repetitive. Wishing her well.


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