Post-traumatic church syndrome?

IN her raw memoir, “Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome,” Reba Riley describes her struggle to heal from wounds inflicted by institutional Christianity.

The book claims to remind readers that “sometimes we have to get lost to get found.” .

She says her book “reminds people that their religious past does not have to shackle them, and that it can become the bedrock of transformation. That’s why there is a peacock on the cover: it is the physical equivalent of the mythical phoenix rising from the ashes, a symbol of healing, transformation, and personal resurrection. “Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome” may be my story of physical and spiritual change, but it is also the story of everyone who has witnessed the way God can transform brokenness into beauty.

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5 thoughts on “Post-traumatic church syndrome?

  1. I don’t know about post traumatic syndrome. Looking at the reasons why Millennials leave I think people probably enter a church more with what can the church give me rather than what can I give to the church. Jesus pbuh said the meek shall inherit the Earth after all.

    I was just looking at the six reason why 59% of Millennials leave the church;

    1. Churches seem overprotective

    From my understanding the church tells me not to do stuff I like doing, like playing violent video games is harmful. They should tackle the issues of the real world and leave me alone.

    2. Teens’ and twentysomethings’ experience of Christianity is shallow.

    They state churches are boring and not relevant.

    3. Churches come across as antagonistic to science.

    The Millennials know all the answers was the most common statement.

    4. Young Christians’ church experiences related to sexuality are often simplistic, judgmental.

    They feel the church is outdated on areas of sexuality. Basically everyone is doing it nowadays so why can’t we,

    5. They wrestle with the exclusive nature of Christianity.
    6. The church feels unfriendly to those who doubt.

    These should be an area of concern for the church.


  2. I remember attending a gathering of a group called ‘Women of Spirit’. It was comprised mainly of women clergy and wives of clergy. I was surprised and heartened by the seemingly unanimous agreement to the statement – “We have to lose our faith before we find it.”


    • C.S.Lewis said “It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”

      There are many decent eggs in the churches. Are they ready to hatch?


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