Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions

Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580054423
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

In the Beginning

Church Bodies Naomi J. Williams 2

Direct Line to God Cami Ostman 16

Beaten by Devotion Huda Al-Marashi 25

Baptizing the Annas Caitlin Constantine 35

Uniforms Leah Lax 47

Seducing God Joshunda Victoria Sanders 62

Show Me the Way Elise Brianne Curtin 74

Swan Sister Yolande Elise Brener 84

Burnt Offerings

Turning Twelve Lucia Greenhouse 100

Touch Elise Glassman 111

Body Language Pamela Helberg 126

A Mother in Israel Stephanie Durden Edwards 137

Poisonous Promises Grace Peterson 146

Tilapia Mikveh Susan Tive 162

Witness Melanie Hoffert 170

Eva Leila Khan 182

White Lie Nikki Smith 195


Always Leaving Donna M. Johnson 212

Separation Colleen Haggerty 222

Dirty Girl Erin Seaward-Hiatt 230

Can I Get a Witness? Elizabeth Taylor-Mead 245

Lucky Cat Kyria Abrahams 256

Church of the Snake Carolyn Briggs 265

The Imperceptible Head Shake Julia Scheeres 278

Duct Tape and Baling Wire Valerie Tarico 286

Nun Hands Mary Johnson 293

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“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

“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

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Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book offers some wonderful snippets of insight into the lives of many women who have experienced religion in many different ways in their lives. While I commend the authors and editors on this idea of compilation, each story stops short. Just when I got interested in the story teller's journey, more. I want to know what happened! Did they actually leave their religion? Somtimes that wasn't even clear. Every great story has closure. These, unfortunately, had little or no closure and left me very dissatisfied as a reader.