Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome
- A Memoir of Humor and Healing
- Narrated by: Reba Riley
- Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 18-08-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
On her twenty-ninth birthday, while guests were arriving downstairs, Reba Riley was supposedly upstairs getting dressed. In actuality, she was slumped on the floor sobbing about everything from the meaning of life to the pile of dirty laundry on the floor.
Life without God was crashing in on her. And she was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. She uttered a desperate prayer, and then the idea came to her—thirty by thirty. And thus she embarked on a year-long quest to experience thirty religions by her thirtieth birthday. During her spiritual sojourn, Riley:
Was interrogated about her sex life by Amish grandmothers
Disco danced in a Buddhist temple
Fasted for thirty days without food—or wine
Washed her lady parts in a mosque bathroom
Was audited by Scientologists
Learned to meditate with an urban monk
Snuck into a Yom Kippur service with a fake grandpa in tow
And finally discovered she didn't have to choose a religion to choose God
In a debut memoir that is funny and earnest, Riley invites questioners, doubters, misfits, and curious believers to participate in the universal search to heal what life has broken. Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome takes you by the hand and reminds you that sometimes you first have to be lost in order to be found.
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By L. Lieske on 13-08-16
Couldn't get past the first chapter.
Most authors shouldn't narrate their own books and this is a perfect example. Reba Riley tries too hard. Material that might have been funny if performed by a professional comes across as cloying and self-conscious. Five minutes in I gave up and switched to the radio.
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By Jamie Freeman on 25-07-18
Oh Reba ...
My adolescence was the complete opposite of yours. My amazing father, who is also my best friend, is an Aethiest. The rest of my family is Christian, but nobody has a strong pull to any particular style. I had been to church MAYBE five times by the time I was 18.
Yet, I felt you wrote your book for me. I have been struggling recently. I tried Christian churches on and off through my twenties, became Catholic at 30 to marry my husband, and found myself crying at the alter of mega churches amidst my “almost” divorce in 2012.
I’ve always been looking for something and I could never figure out what it was. I like church, a lot; however I always felt like I was betraying my true self by going to a church knowing that I believed very, very little of the Bible. It made me feel like a fraud.
Your book made me laugh and cry and realize that I can embrace a life with God without selling my soul to a religion I cannot embrace. I am not there yet, but you made me see that it is indeed possible.
Thank you for this. Thank you thank you thank you. I will be going on my own quest thanks to you, so lookout religious institutions of Metro Detroit! I’m coming to hear what you have to say. ❤️
2 of 2 people found this review helpful