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Book Review: Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome by Reb Riley

Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and HealingPost-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing by Reba Riley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! I think most people (at least in my circle) can claim a bit of post-traumatic church syndrome (PTCS). I wasn't brought up in the same manner as Reba Riley, but in my own way I started to question the church I was raised in and the beliefs I had followed since I was young. Unlike the author, my PTCS wasn't as severe and I have found my way back under my own terms.  And that I feel is the core of this book.

Reba goes on a 30 by 30 journey.  She wanted to experience or better understand 30 religions by her 30th birthday. This journey impacts her life in more than just a religious aspect. She is battling health issues and her past religious experiences in what feels sometimes like a minute by minute battle to complete this journey.  Her journey takes her to an online chapel, a synagogue, mosque, and a number of other places of worship.  She spends time with Catholics, Baptists, Mormons, Athiest, Wiccans and Amish just to name a few. Through it all Riley finds finding God is about more than religion.

I recommend this book for anyone going through any stage of PTCS. Where ever you are on your own journey, knowing you aren't alone out there is great. It's something Riley discovered along her way. Every time she brought up her project, she met people who were supportive or on their own journey


I received an ebook copy for an honest review from Netgalley. 

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