I think it would be a good idea to write a book that would encourage those who are leaving Christianity or the Church. Goodness knows we need such encouragement. There are affirmations galore for Christians, oozing out of book stores all over the world, but there is nothing for those of us stuck in the middle of the process of leaving. At least none that I know about. I wonder why that is? For some of us it is the most important transition of our lives next to becoming a Christian, marriage, etc. Those who are already at the end of the coming out process are like midwives urging us out of the birth canal. However, some of us are breech babies; we just cannot make it out in the position we’re currently in. Some of us want to turn around and go back in! Some of us are born immediately, no labor pains, instant daylight! Wow, that was easy, they say, it must therefore be easy for everyone. Not so!
If I were to write this book, I would focus on the hard thought processes of leaving church and even our faith. These daily affirmations would deal with a whole range of issues such as dealing with church members, feeling guilty for not going to church on Sunday, giving up magical thinking about the bible, prayer, bible study, etc., taking care of ourselves, nurturing our inner instincts, listening to our own conscience, growing out of the fear of sin and hell, and things like that. The most important issue for me is leaving, going back, leaving, and going back. It’s that endless tide of emotions associated with religion. Since most if not all Christian devotionals are about denying self, this affirmation book could focus on listening to that still small voice we are born with and learning to trust ourselves again. It would be in a “devotional” format with quotes by free thinkers and such or with affirmations at the beginning of each day and practical advice on how to put the thought process into action. I could call it Affirmations For Wounded Souls or A Daily Guide to Coming Out of the Church.
Maybe someone has already thought of this kind of book. You may know of one already published out there that I can’t seem to find. If so, I’d like to see it. Drop me a line and let me know. 🙂