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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Apocryphile Press (January 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933993235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933993232
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winell, daughter of a missionary and now a psychologist, had a genuine "born again" Christian experience and then much later went through another rebirth and found herself apart from that tradition. Although she criticizes fundamentalism for its rigidity, militancy, authority, and strong opposition to modern culture, she focuses on understanding and rebuilding, addressing herself not only to fundamentalists (Christian, Jewish, and Muslim) who feel the call but also to those who left and then realize, perhaps years later, that they need to think through the hold that religion still has on their lives. She then addresses issues of healing, reclaiming buried feelings, finding and loving oneself, and growing. Highly recommended for seminary and public libraries.
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I still have hell in the back of my mind but the fear is steadily going away this book helped a lot.
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I am so thankful to have found this book, it has given me such comfort, insight and encouragement at this phase of my life.
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I highly recommend this to anyone who is doubting their beliefs and wants to find freedom and peace.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Winell on October 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
It's been a few years since I wrote this book and I want to thank my readers for letting me
know it was so helpful. A common response has been "I wish I had this book a long time ago
- it would have saved me a lot of pain and struggle." I began writing it to clarify my own
experience and then found that many people could relate. So I have tried to identify the key
recovery issues for anyone leaving a rigid kind of religion, and Christian fundamentalism in
particular. Since then, I have worked on additional topics related to recovering from religious
indoctrination, such as sexuality and pleasure, reclaiming spirituality, and the impact on
relationships. An issue for many people is how to relate to others who are still "in the fold"
such as parents, friends, or partners. I am interested in your ideas and experiences if you
would like to write - .... You can read about what I am doing on my
website - just search under Marlene Winell. Also, I am available for counseling by telephone
in Santa Cruz, CA. I wish you all much joy, peace, and happiness!
Also recommended: Losing Faith in Faith, by Dan Barker The Mind of the Bible Believer, by
Edmund Cohen
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
For the person who has been moderately to severely hurt by their christian faith, Marlene Winell's book gives a voice to those whose personal lives have been filled with guilt, fear, shame, and repression, and authenticates their painful experiences with her own, and with quotes from others telling of their emotional trauma's inflicted on them by fundamentalist Christianity. With each chapter focussing on different stages of recovery, this book gives a compre- hensive understanding of the root causes that often lead to aspects such as: low self-esteem, loss of emotional feelings, loss of critical thinking, the loss of ability to feel natural emotions, among with other painful aspects that can be caused. Most importantly this is not angry book about blaming christianity. This book is primarily a book about recovery and hope. The abuses that fundamental Christianity can cause are addressed, the reader is then showed steps of recovery, that if followed, will lead to a healthier sense of individual identity and a more positive approach towards living life in this world. In summary, if you feel you have been hurt by fundamentalist christianity, I heartily recommend this book. This may be the very book you have been looking for!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2003
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Dr. Winell views religious fundamentalism through the lens of psychology and treats it as a valid addiction or disorder. It normalizes and clearly articulates the unfortunate outcomes for those immersed in religious fundamentalism. Rather than "Christian bashing," Winell's discussion focuses on humane needs that are sorely ignored within the fundamentalist system. Frank, easy to read, well organized, helpful, I think this book is hopefilled for those scarred by the mind control techniques of fundamentalist belief systems. It also provides a wellspring of resources in reading and thinking differently. This book is so spot on, my co-therapist and I will be using it as our model text in our religious recovery/former fundamentalist support group.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 26, 2004
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I am SO glad that Dr. Winell wrote "Leaving the Fold". I am just starting to read it, and it is uncanny how much I relate to every page.

I thought my experiences were unusual, but now I realize that my 23 years of Catholic/Born-Again Christian experiences have really been a form of abuse, one in which I took part in willingly, not realizing until now the extent of the damage done.

I am in therapy now, and the book is helping me to realize that my repulsion to religion (in spite of my continued yearning for spirituality) makes sense, given how the church has clouded my thinking.

It's amazing how "Churchianity" has caused and/or exacerbated many of my various issues. I look forward to using the book to help my therapist (who WAS also very religious) and I to help me overcome all that past conditioning, and to reach toward really becoming an adult.

The book has helped me realize why I am and "adult", but still don't feel grown up. The church has fostered a pseudo parent-child relationship with me, and I have been living as a functional "adolescent" for all these years. Whew! Now I can finally live and think for myself.

Thank you...thank you...thank you!!!

P.S. Does anyone know how I can get involved with a support group for this issue?

I live in the Glendale/Pasadena area (San Gabriel/San Fernando Valley areas of Los Angeles)?

Please feel free to email me (at ljgagnon@yahoo.com) if you know of a group, or are interested in starting one.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Thomas R. Braden on April 18, 2007
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As a voracious reader, no other book has touched me the way this one has. I feel as though I have been released from prison. With each page, I can feel new freedom permeating through my soul. Finally, someone had the courage to address this subject! There is a surprise here. You get two books for one. Growing up damaged with an authoritarian father, the profound wisdom in this book works just as well with that issue. Fundamentalism came later for me. Thank you, thank you Dr. Winell! You have laid out the most sensible road map out of the emotional abyss. I simply cannot endorse this book enough!!!!
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