“Even when it seems like you’re losing everyone. There are other people out there that are going to support you. Church is not the only place that has a life for you.”
This is an incredible story!
Leah's life reaches a turning point in April 2018. Raised in fundamentalist Christianity, she is intensely aware of the threat of hell and the rapture as a little girl. At one point, she thought her family was raptured and she was left behind! This terrified her.
As she moves into high school she begins to ask some unwelcome questions and makes some controversial statements in church. (She compares Osama Bin-Laden and Jesus!) This leads to her first bout of atheism.
Although her theology becomes more progressive, she finds herself sucked back into a very fundamentalist church group. At this point, mental health struggles reach a critical point.
*Trigger warning re: abuse (emotional, physical, sexual) and suicide from about the 50 min. mark to 1hr. 5min.
I loved hearing how Leah eventually turned a corner. As she put it, "I started to get better the moment I stepped away from Christianity".
Hearing about her experience was powerful and inspiring.