Book Review: Spiritual Sobriety, by Elizabeth Esther


I wanted to read this book because I am somewhat familiar with Elizabeth Esther’s story of being raised in a fundamentalist Christian cult. I used to read her blog years ago, and I read her first book, Girl at the End of the World. So I picked this book pretty much based on name recognition alone. However, when Spiritual Sobriety arrived, it was not quite what I was expecting (I guess I thought it would be more of a memoir than the self-help-type book it actually is), and I realized that it is not very applicable to me personally. But it does look like a positive, encouraging, and helpful book for those who need to heal from a dysfunctional relationship with religion.

Elizabeth Esther explains that certain behaviors and thought patterns are so ingrained, when one has lived through an unhealthy church experience, that it can be hard and disorienting and painful–like getting over an addiction–to try to move on and live a normal life. When your identity has been obsessively wrapped up in something that turns out to be false, you have some major soul work to do…and Elizabeth Esther, who has walked through the process, provides guidance and many thought-provoking questions to facilitate healing in all areas of one’s life.

I received a free copy of Spiritual Sobriety courtesy of Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.


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