Author: Elizabeth Esther
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Summary: This was a difficult story with simple writing, but I appreciated the nuanced discussion of the good and bad parts of religion.
Elizabeth Esther was raised in a fundamentalist family. She was raised to be prepared for the apocalypse; to obey her parents and her husband; and to ignore her own desires. They enforced these rules with pretty brutal spanking into her teens. Even as stress began to make her seriously ill, she couldn’t bring herself to leave. Only having children of her own made her begin to consider the seemingly impossible option of leaving her family and their fundamentalist views. Read more »