healing religious trauma

These Online Book Episodes Exist For Two Reasons:

REASON #1: To initiate a real (possibly long overdue) conversation about our “Christian” concepts, education, and experiences. Specifically, those that misrepresent “God’s True Character” and may cause “trauma patterns” surrounding our relationships to others and to God.

REASON #2: To recognize the necessity of plugging into the TRUE SOURCE of Love, Light, and Power, and unplugging from the FALSE SOURCE of deception, falsehoods, and misrepresentations so we can unravel our own religious trauma, instill the genuine truth about God into our hearts, and create a new story for our lives.

As you’ll find out, I’m going to be fully transparent, honest, and truthful through the pages of this book. While this isn’t easy, it is necessary. I must be able to have this conversation about my own personal experience if I ever hope to help others know and understand who God is and why He’s truly worthy of our undevoted love and trust.

I’ve learned that telling my story with honest vulnerability gives others the courage to tell theirs. This opens the door for healing. I’ve spent the last 10 years allowing God to transform my life and heal the effects of generational spiritual abuse. It’s developed a burden inside of me to help others who have suffered in the same way. I want to help those people.

My prayer is that you, also, will find it helpful!



First, take a peek into the obvious and not-so-obvious beginnings of my religious trauma, and how even the subtle beginning foundations of our lives can have profound effects.

I attempt to give the phrase “religious trauma” some kind of tangible definition, so you may recognize and give language to things that happened to you.

We’ll take a look at the signs, symptoms, behavior patterns, and characteristics of a person with trauma patterns surrounding religion. Then, I send you off to take a personal survey to discover how “religious trauma” has affected your life.

Next, I share the one “key” concept that can change everything, forever. It’s the ONLY thing that will give you true freedom and hope, and a clear path safely out of false indoctrination, bringing an end to generational religious trauma in your life and the lives of loved ones.

In the “Fishbowls of my Life” chapter, I tell the hard parts of my story. This is not to judge or condemn any particular person, church organization, or religious sect. I’ve discovered that people don’t want to leave God or their religious organization, nor do I advocate that. What hurting people mostly want is to be seen, heard, understood, and supported; they need to tell and share the truth about their experience as it relates to God.

I then share personally what it meant to live a life under the “Great Contradiction.” This was the greatest culmination of “religious trauma” I’d ever endure vs. the greatest love, and lessons that have proved to serve me for life.

Eventually, in our journey to unravel the trauma story, it is important not to stop and focus on the “messy middle” of life. If we put our attention on our deliverance from such things, we participate in the complete transformation available to each of us. The miraculous part is where we get to be delivered from the complications and deceitful lies the enemy brings into our lives.

The goal is to embrace the journey, taking the steps to recover from “religious trauma,” and to enter the healing process with all our hearts and minds.

And finally, I illustrate my entire transformation story for all of us in the last chapter called, “The Tale of Two Believers,” an allegory for those “healing from religious trauma.”

It might seem like a lot, but really, the entirety of these book episodes can be summed up in the following three points:

Point #1: It is possible to unravel your religious trauma, instill the truth, and create a new life story.


Point #2: God is able to define Himself to us, personally.


Point #3: The healing journey is one of individual inspiration, true motivation, spiritual awareness, and fundamental freedom.

My sincere hope is that this “transformational story” will help you to find the language to express your own story with grace, mercy, and love.

I believe the dialogue about “religious trauma” can and must come to a more positive approach. People like you can make this happen.

It’s a privilege to share the things in these book episodes. I hope it inspires you and informs you to grow and improve, so you can contribute to the growth and improvement of others.

If you read these episodes and decide you’d like help implementing a healing journey of your own, as quickly as possible, please contact us and let us know how we can help.


Helping people like you to overcome “religious trauma” patterns (however insignificant they seem) and launch into a clearer vision and deeper connection with God is what we live to do.

We’re here to help.

Onward with courage,
Debra Shafer