Full Disclosure

I’ve been trying to write a book for nearly two years.

There’s a lot of volume there so far, and I like where it’s all headed, but frankly – it feels like being pregnant with an elephant. Elephant’s are pregnant for 23 months… did you know? When I was *literally* pregnant for a mere 9 months, I nearly combusted with anxiety about finally getting to meet my girl.

The passion I feel about this book is similar actually. In fact, my daughter and the idea for this book were conceived at almost exactly the same time. She’s 1 year and 1 week old now. I set the book largely aside once she arrived because raising her takes nearly every single scrap of my attention, energy, and focus.

When I do finally get a moment to sit down and write, I often get stuck wondering “JUST how inflated can one person be to think they have it in them to tackle the problems of one of the world’s largest religion in their spare time?!?!!”.

But, turns out: that kind of thinking doesn’t help the writing process. At all.

So, here’s what I’m going to do for now: I am going to quietly blog over here by myself. I may or may not tell anyone about it for awhile, but I’m going to choose to go ahead and write as if I had an audience because this helps me get the creative-heat out of my body and onto the page.

If this all goes according to plan – and of course, nothing truly wonderful ever does, I will eventually be sharing a very personal story about how (and why) I abandoned the evangelical Christian spiritual community of my youth, and then how (and why) I found myself wanting to heal my relationship with the church over a decade later.

Note: this is absolutely not a tale in which I will tell you about my regret over ever having left the church. I don’t regret that at all. In fact, it was one of my best moves.


So, in conclusion: I have no idea how to design a web page. I don’t imagine this blog will be terribly sexy by 2016 standards. It’s just gonna be words for now. Words you have to read all the way to the end. And it’s going to take more than 15 seconds to get there.

Feel free to hang with me as this all unfolds. For now, I’m grateful for your readership.

6 thoughts on “Full Disclosure

  1. Well, I just reached the end of your blog (reading them achronologically) and I am really looking forward to the next one. You are the first person I’ve come across who has had a similar religious upbringing to me and is now on the same page as me spiritually (though I do not attend church, I’m not against it). I want to encourage you in your writing! It takes so much courage and committment, but it is touching people like me. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you very much for your encouragement. I mean that. There are days when I’m ready to set this whole thing aside, and other days in which I’m alive with inspiration. Today is one of the former (I blame winter), and your comment reminded me exactly who I’m writing this for. You, me, and other people that will feel similarly to what you’ve just described. ❤


    1. My name is Whitney. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor working in Kansas City, MO. I have an education background which includes Religious Studies, Psychology, Philosophy, and Creative Writing. I thought I wrote some kind of bio for this blog somewhere, but I am not technology-savvy at all, and it may have disappeared. Thank you for your kind words.

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