Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions (2013)
Beyond Belief chronicles the lives of women from a variety of restrictive religious backgrounds who chose a religious path only to eventually reject it in whole or in part.
In 2007, co-editors, Cami Ostman and Susan Tive, a former fundamentalist Christian and a former Orthodox Jew met in a writing class. Through sharing their stories they soon discovered many parallels. As young women, they had each been overwhelmed with life’s many choices. With little familial or social guidance, they were desperately seeking structure and role models. Each turned to a religious way of life hoping that the concrete answers they were yearning for would deliver them closer to a feminine self-identity they could believe in.
Their book, an anthology of women writers from the Unification Church, Mormonism, Evangelical Christianity, Catholicism, among other religions, explores, through story, the questions of how and why women choose to get involved in rigid religion, what keeps them invested, and then how and why they leave (and what they miss—or don’t—once they’re gone).
The anthology, Beyond Belief, is divided into three themes:
- Stories of getting IN
- Stories of staying IN
- Stories LEAVING
Find Beyond Belief on Amazon.com by clicking here. Available as an e-book.