A Little Heat

The owner of Spiritual Abuse.org is a staunch defender of my memoir and I am grateful. This is her Facebook post from yesterday (could be she is getting a little resistance?) My response to anyone upset about my book is: You’re welcome! I wrote it for you!

The Uncomfortable Confessions Of a Preacher’s Kid can be ordered via the Spiritual Abuse Amazon page, if you are interested in supporting their mission. (link at bottom of post)

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We’ve been plugging the book for a straight week- have you ordered your copy of The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid by Ronna Russell? I believe both former and current United Pentecostal Church members could learn some things by reading this memoir (as well as people from other groups). Many will find themselves relating in various ways to her story.

Some may be hesitant because there is some sexual material in the book, but that can mostly be easily avoided by skipping the first chapter. Others may be leery because Ronna is no longer a Christian, but you might be missing out on learning from her parent’s errors (that’s too mild of a word), something that could be helpful in raising your own children, especially if you are raising PKs. When you see what she went through for all of her childhood, I have to say that it isn’t surprising that she walked away from Christianity. I think she is a brave woman for putting her life out there for all to see and I have no hesitation in recommending her book.

I think she picked a perfect picture for the cover as to me it shows her unhappiness. Things in her life became more sad, lonely and troublesome as the years of her childhood went by. It is what can happen when one is raised in an unhealthy oppressive religious environment and neglected as the ministry and ones career become more important than the needs of ones own family and children.

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Big Fat Margarita

The Uncomfortable Confessions Of a Preacher’s Kid is moving up Amazon’s ranking, thanks to you kind folks! Therefore I am having a margarita as big as my head.

So much thanks and love for your support and encouragement and willingness to part with $20!

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Happy Release Day!

Did everyone get their book?

The Uncomfortable Confessions Of a Preacher’s Kid is officially on the market!

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See, when you realize that everything you have been told is a lie or at least just plain wrong then you find yourself free to decide what makes sense to you, how you want to live, and what feels right.

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I am so grateful to the authors who took the time to read my manuscript in its painfully pre-edited state and still said nice things! Links to their books are included below-they are all great reads!

From Valerie Tarico:

Caught between the archaic religious dictates of her Pentecostal family and the complexities of the world outside, Ronna Russell fights for survival and more in The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid. Loneliness, raw sexuality, unexpected kindness and cruelty, and through it all an understated endurance with solid granite at the core, Russell’s memoir is alternately hard, hungry, raw, and tender–like sex and love and parenthood and simply being. I sat down to read the first chapter on a busy day and instead read straight through.  -Dr. Valerie Tarico, author of Trusting Doubt

From Steph Auteri:

For those who fear sex. For those who feel shame around it. For those who feel guilt around their own desire. The chapters in The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid are puzzle pieces that, when put together, reveal a picture of how the way we are brought up and the life we live can leave an indelible mark on the way we see ourselves, and the way we end up moving through the world. If you’re looking for insight into your own grappling around sex — and a sort of absolution — Ronna’s story is for you. — Steph Auteri, author of A Dirty Word: How a Sex Writer Reclaimed Her Sexuality

From Lara Lillibridge:

A frank, intimate account of one woman’s search for herself as a woman, mother and sexual being. Ronna Russell’s narrative weaves together memories from childhood, young adulthood, and the more recent past as she recounts her upbringing as a preacher’s kid in the United Pentecostal Church—where she wasn’t allowed to cut her hair, wear slacks, or fraternize with non-church members—and details her journey to find authenticity. Written with the level of confession normally reserved for close friends whispering secrets over a glass of wine, Russell’s memoir is a no holds barred revelation of self-discovery and acceptance. —Lara Lillibridge, author of Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home

From Lisa F. Smith

Ronna Russell takes us on a no-holds-barred ride through her unconventional childhood and how she emerged as her own person on every level. She is fighter, a survivor, and shines a light on the things we often choose to keep in the dark. And she does it with remarkable, unapologetic honesty.-Lisa F. Smith author of Girl Walks Out Of a Bar

From Claire Robson:

The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid is one of those stories that you couldn’t make up as they say – a cascading series of dramas that take the reader through Ronna Russell’s rigid fundamentalist childhood, the disgrace of her preacher father, her sexual explorations, and the slow decline and dissolution of her marriage. Russell’s sparing, matter-of-fact prose is the perfect vehicle for this autobiography, offering a counterpoint to the often painful and shocking events described. Her seamless chronological shifts from childhood to adulthood and back remind the reader of the ways in which the past informs the present and abuse of any kind is sticky and enduring. Though Russell’s confessions ultimately celebrate the capacity of women to survive and thrive, they are never preachy, or self-indulgent. Indeed, the book opens with the most sizzling sex scenes I’ve ever read. This is a book to devour at one or two sittings, then pass on to your bestie! – Dr. Claire Robson, Author of Love in Good Time and Writing for Change

From Cami Ostman:

The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid is a brave, unflinching look at what happens when secrets go untold and questions go unasked. Ms. Russell’s no-nonsense voice carries the reader into the dark crevices of TWO nuclear families living in hypocrisy and shame. And when she finally finds her own way into the light, she gets there in the most unconventional way. Uncomfortable Confessions is a must-read for all of us who have ignored what was right under our noses. Cami Ostman, Editor of Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religion and author of Second Wind: One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continent

From Amber Garza:

Ronna writes with an honesty that is refreshing and authentic. Her conversational writing style draws you in and keeps you reading. Her story is at times painful, but her wittiness and raw humor shine through. Amber Garza author of For the Win

 

From Anneliese Kamola:

Something magical happened in your book. Did you do this intentionally?? After the chapter ending where the Narrator says to herself, “I want a divorce from both of you,” the VOICE of the writing catches up with the Narrator’s voice of wisdom. I’ve been admiring how seamlessly the Narrator’s voice grows through this story. I was just reading a couple chapters further and thought, “Oh hold on, wait, when did she grow up all of a sudden?”

Whether you intentionally crafted this way or not, well done, Ronna. Gorgeous lesson in showing how creating wise boundaries propel growth and maturity in a super subtle way. I’ve been so engrossed in reading your book that I’ve been playing hooky from my editing, staying up until midnight, and carrying it with me in my purse. So good. I’ve already told several people that they have to read it. That last chapter-where did it come from? I’m fucking sobbing. –Anneliese Kamola, editor

 

 

 

 

The Virginity Chronicles

Hey Hey! I’m in another anthology! The Virginity Chronicles: an Anthology of First Times released on Kindle today! Self-explanatory. Sure to make you laugh, cringe, and cry.

The Virginity Chronicles

I’m so excited to be included with these brave storytellers!

The Uncomfortable Confessions Of a Preacher’s Kid is on Amazon!

I kinda can’t believe this is happening. My book is available on Amazon!

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