Joy Unspeakable is a must-read for any ex-fundamentalist. Author Joy Hopper shares her story out of her abusive marriage and out of her own mental prison with honesty and good humor. She and her twin were adopted at a young age by a Pentecostal family. She immerses herself completely, goes to Bible college, and gets married, just like you’re supposed to, but the payoff for doing everything right never came.
Joy is, by nature, a positive, joyful person determined to make the best of all situations. Her belief in Christianity (the way it was taught to her-the Pentecostal version) shaped her view of the world, her marriage, and her own role within it all. Throughout every intolerable moment of misery she reminds herself to shove it down and suck it up for Jesus. Until she can’t.
Joy Unspeakable is a frank look at how the misogynism, unrealistic expectations, and delayed gratification of fundamentalism warps lives. Hopper tells her story without bitterness; her conversational style brings the reader along like a best friend on a road trip.
Here is my latest podcast conversation-hosted by Steve Hilliker of the Voices of Deconversion. (The intro has me spouting some truth by Glennon Doyle. I give her credit in the full interview.)
Thank you, Steve!
Here’s the Spotify link! Enjoy!
Link to my book: The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid
I have lived every word of this book; every page of this journey. But somehow, instead of feeling like oh I already know this stuff, I found myself savoring every word of Untamed. Doyle’s articulation of the process of shedding expectations is sheer joy. Her ability to centrifuge truth down to its essence and to turn a mind-bending phrase is so satisfying–it’s like getting the water temperature and pressure exactly right at the same time. Scoured, clean, and with only slight abrasions.
From page 122: Maybe Eve was never meant to be our warning. Maybe she was meant to be our model. Own your wanting. Eat the apple. Let it burn.
Amen, sister. Amen.
Order Untamed by Glennon Doyle here. Do it.
Order The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid by Ronna Russell here. Yes, please.
Read that post I did about Abby Wambach’s Wolf Pack a long time ago here. FAN.
The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid has been updated with a new forward by Thomas Fudge, author of Heretics and Politics: Theology, Power, and Perception in the Last Days of CBC.
AND a new back cover review from Amber Garza, author of the upcoming thriller When I Was You, now available for preorder!
Author supporting authors is a beautiful thing and I am so grateful for their support!
Amy’s review of The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid appears in the current edition of Hippocampus Magazine.
Book Review in Prayer Form
Honestly, I laughed and cried while reading this review-so funny and insightful. Thank you, Amy and Hippocampus Magazine!
Amy’s current book is I Wanted Fried With That: How to ask for what you want and get what you need.
So much thanks to Chuck and Brady of The Life After podcast for the opportunity to do this interview. We talked about sex from every angle, laughed a lot, and discussed elements of my memoir, The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid, that I don’t often have the chance to delve into. Click the link below to listen.
Uncomfortable Confessions with Ronna Russell
Amethyst Joy is one of my favorite Instagram follows. She has a way of revealing how wound sources show up in parenting. Her words are deep and soft and true; a reminder that we can do better. And she does it without twisting the knife.
Even though my kids are grown, her poetry resonates. I think she writes poetry, anyway. Sounds like poetry to me.
Follow her on Instagram HERE or her website HERE.
This is my current favorite: