A couple of weeks ago Dr. Clint Heacock of Mindshift Podcast interviewed me about The Uncomfortable Confessions Of a Preacher’s Kid. The interview was a great experience because he put me at ease right away with his thoughtful curiosity and willingness to let our conversation unfold, despite the fact that the husband had to ransack the snack cupboard in the middle of recording!
Here it is: Interview Link
We talk about growing up fundie, fathers with secrets, making peace with it all, and sex, of course.
Dr. Heacock can be followed on Twitter to keep up on the latest conversation regarding deconversion. And of course, follow his blog!
Sex blogger Jill Hamilton of In Bed With Married Women writes about all things sex-positive with blunt, hilarious honesty. As it turns out, she also does book reviews! Lucky me! Here’s what she has to say about The Uncomfortable Confessions Of a Preacher’s Kid:
Click here for the review-scroll down the page a bit to get to the review. But then go back and read about her sex toy giveaway.
Or read it here:
The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid by Ronna Russell is a wonderfully honest memoir about growing up in an extremely religious household, marrying a not-so great closeted man and, discovering later in life, that her narcissistic, controlling father was dying from AIDS. Just thinking about it, I am now ashamed that I used the word “harrowing” for going to the stinking post office, when this is the real harrowing business of life. But it’s also a hopeful story. Ronna is strong as hell and finding her way just fine. The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid is definitely in the genre of jacked-up childhood/eccentric parent reads like The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and Educated by Tara Westover.
Also follow Jill on Twitter because she is funny and smart. @Jill_Hamilton
There is help! Recovering from Religion is a website dedicated to helping folks deal with coming out of extreme religion. As many of us know, it is a traumatic transition, rife with fears and loss.
IF YOU NEED HELP follow the link below to find online HOTLINE, connections to groups, and an extensive resource page. RECOVERING FROM RELIGION
IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HELP OTHERS follow this link to VOLUNTEER.
I am honored to have The Uncomfortable Confessions Of a Preacher’s Kid included on their RESOURCES page.
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I am doing my first real event at Gathering Volumes Book Store on May 18th!
Gathering Volumes is located at:
196 East South Boundary
Perrysburg OH 43551
Moms’ Night Out Literary Edition
Saturday May 18 | 6:30PM – 9:00PM
Join us for a fun, bookish Moms’ Night Out!
• Authors Lara Lillibridge (Mama Mama, Only Mama & Girlish) and Ronna Russell (The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid) discuss their latest mom-oriented books and momming in general.
• Food & Beverages will be provided.
• All attendees entered in a drawing for a Mama Care Package.
• Chance to hang out with other moms, make new friends, refill your emotional bank account, enjoy your personal space, and have fun!
Please respond to the event so that we have a guide for how much food to have!
I received this message on Facebook and got permission to share. These notes come to me occasionally and remind me why it is so important to SPEAK. For years I would have given anything to know I wasn’t alone; my heart is full knowing that somebody out there needs to hear what I have to say.
“I received my book yesterday at work (the girls were excited for me) and devoured it when I got home last night. The girls at work want to borrow it but I told them to buy their own copy to support you. (Sometimes lent books don’t find their way back home too)
It was such a great read, so relatable. My heart broke for you and healed all in a matter of hours. Such strength, Ronna Thank you again for putting your story out there. Thank you again for being there on exchristian.net when I needed you years ago. You gave me the strength and validation to sort out my feelings and to realize that I’m a great person and that all spiritual shit fed to me was bullshit. Abuse. That it kept me questioning my good self for almost 5 decades. Whatever your reason was to write this book, will impact your readers on a healing and life changing level, I’m sure.
Thank you for being a puzzle piece in my life! Much love!”
Click the title to order The Uncomfortable Confessions Of a Preacher’s Kid from Amazon.
Reviews on Goodreads
I came across this blog post on good ol’ Facebook and it stopped me in my tracks. So many of my own experiences and those I grew up around are piercingly described here, as is the truth their effect on young lives. Please take a few minutes to follow the link below and read.