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Shattered Diana: A Memoir Documenting How Trauma and Evangelical Fundamentalism Created PTSD, Bipolar, Dissociative Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder) in Me (Volume 1) Paperback – November 3, 2015
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"Great and VERY unusual book. Helped me see myself more clearly." -- Frank Schaeffer, New York Times bestselling author of Crazy for God
"In Shattered Diana: Downloading Malware, Diana Lee gives a captivating narrative of her chaotic upbringing in an evangelical home in the 1950s. The book gives the reader an introspective look at how Diana-the-child felt and attempted to cope as she experienced the psychological and physical abuse of her home and the religious fear and shame indoctrination of growing up in evangelicalism. The book frequently interjects Diana's narrative--one that creatively blends prose with poetry--with the scoldings Diana so frequently experienced and the religious hymns, still widely sung today, that celebrate obedience and redemption through violent punishment." -- Eric Cernyar, JD
Your book will help those who have been saying "what's wrong with me?" change the question to "what's wrong with them?" It could help millions stop the self-blame they were taught and to put it back where it belongs, with the perpetrator! Thanks, Diana, for telling it like it is." -- Pam Lampe
"Evangelical Fundamentalism is like going through life looking in a mirror. Everything is backwards." -- Paul Weis
"William Sargant's, The Battle for the Mind: A Physiology of Conversion and Brainwashing - How Evangelists, Psychiatrists, Politicians and Medicine Men Can Change Your Beliefs and Behaviors, has long been recognized as an important work in experimental psychology and for the history of psychology. Diana's ability to use her education and personal experience to link Susanna Wesley's child rearing methods to Sargant's insights regarding John Wesley's conversion techniques opens a larger window into understanding the roots of the religious phenomenon known as Evangelicalism." -- Wayne Viney, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Emeritus University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Colorado State University, Author of A History of Psychology
About the Author
Diana is a Colorado native (b. 1947) with honors degrees from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. In spite of graduating with highest distinction, completing her university honors thesis with highest distinction, and induction into Phi Beta Kappa - early childhood traumas coupled with Evangelical Fundamentalist programming - left Diana believing she was evil and stupid until licensed therapy knit her back together and rewired her brain which enabled her to think for herself, use her education to deconstruct Evangelical Fundamentalism and escape its toxic grip over her mind and life.
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I am reading slowly as there seems to be more tears (mine) than I can contain.
The book is held at arms length for it now belongs to me, a treasure that must
not be tarnished from the steady flow from my eyes.
Each word written, resonates to the core.
Dr. Robert Block, former President of the American Academy of Pediatrics stated, "Adverse childhood experiences are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat."
Thank you Diana Lee, M.A. for giving others the opportunity to see truth.
Although the book is autobiographical, it addresses serious societal issues especially those affecting children--which deserve recognition, advocacy and action to prevent other children from experiences such as Diana's.
fundamentalist church to my Senior High Church Group for socialization on a Sunday evening. They responded with no reason but a simple
"no." I felt judged by them and realized they felt their religion was sacrosanct to my religion. I cannot wait to read Diana's next books.