Several years ago, I found Elizabeth Esther’s insightful blog (http://www.elizabethesther.com/), and in 2014, eagerly read her first book, Girl at the End of the World: My Escape with Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future. Elizabeth is now Catholic, but she grew up in an abusive cult, which she escaped at age 25.
In Elizabeth’s new book, Spiritual Sobriety: Stumbling Back to Faith When Good Religion Goes Bad, she discusses how people can become addicted to religion; like other addicts, religious addicts are always in search of the next “high.” It shows how Christians sometimes idolize religious experiences instead of seeking a relationship with Jesus Christ.
The book not only addresses the problems of religious addiction, but shows how individuals can work through these problems. Elizabeth takes the reader on her journey as she overcomes twisted beliefs and doctrines that were instilled in her during her cultic upbringing. The book reminds us that life is imperfect, but we can find joy in God – and spiritual sobriety.
You can check out Spiritual Sobriety here.