30 Days Of Gratitude – Day 23 – Preston Yancey

So we’re behind in this gratitude series, but we’ve had a couple of developments lately that have occupied a LOT of our attention.  And we don’t just mean Thanksgiving leftovers! We wanted to give props to our pal, Preston Yancey.  Preston has been a friend of Paradise Recovered for a number of years now.  He’s a writer (CLICK to check …

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30 Days of Gratitude – Days 21 and 22 – Wellspring and Meadowhaven

The Lodge At Wellspring

Here in this season of Thanksgiving, we at Team Paradise are grateful for mental health professionals who work hard to help the hurting.  Many spiritual abuse survivors suffer from PTSD, and often they go undiagnosed for many, many years. Folks involved in high-demand churches and organizations generally have no idea what it means to take a break.  They’ve never known …

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30 Days Of Gratitude – Day 20 – Stuff Fundies and Christian Culture Like(s)

It’s important to be able to laugh.  A sense of humor is a sign of intelligence. That being said?  These are two of the funniest sites we’ve seen online. Okay, they are funny and sad.  Because within the face-palming humor lies a system based on rules and regulations that can’t seem to think outside the box. It’s super helpful for …

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30 Days Of Gratitude – Day 18-19 – Survivors

(I wrote this piece several months ago to honor those who have been hurt by high-demand churches and cults.  I also wrote it for their loved ones, clergy, and therapists that they might understand how to handle us with care.  Our experiences are unique, but much of the aftermath we experience can be similar.  Grateful to the over 100 brave …

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30 Days Of Gratitude – Day 16 – Lewis Wells

We here at Team Paradise follow quite a variety of great blogs. We’ve already mentioned Rachel Held Evans (whose new book A Year Of Biblical Womanhood is now a New York Times Bestseller), Matthew Paul Turner (whose books SHOULD be New York Times Bestsellers), Elizabeth Esther (who is in the process of writing what we HOPE will be a New …

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30 Days Of Gratitude – Day 15 – Do Right BJU

Today’s 30 Days Of Gratitude segment involves quite a story. In 2010, a criminal case involving an elder at Trinity Baptist Church in Concord, NH made national news.  Trinity Baptist is involved in a loose affiliation of churches called  Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Churches.  In 1997, Ernest Willis, a 35 year old elder at Trinity Baptist, committed a sexual crime with …

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30 Days Of Gratitude – Days 12, 13, and 14 – No Longer Quivering

We’re playing catch-up around here in our 30 Days of Gratitude Series.  But this three-fer is worth the wait. You’ve no doubt heard of the Quiverfull Movement through the reality show “19 Kids and Counting.”  Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have inspired a number of ultra-conservative fundamentalists to follow in their footsteps and stop using any form of birth control.  …

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30 Days Of Gratitude – Day 11 – Elizabeth Esther

We’ve met a number of kindred spirits on this filmmaking journey.  The first was a writer that has been quite public about her own background of spiritual abuse. Elizabeth Esther was raised in a restrictive religious environment.  (We call them ‘high-demand churches’.)  She’s growing and changing, and she is helping many people. As an introduction to Elizabeth Esther, we asked …

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30 Days of Gratitude – Days 9 and 10 – Our Kickstarters

Team Paradise with two full days worth of gratitude here! When we began the journey that is the film Paradise Recovered, we had no real film connections.  We didn’t have any “ins” at film festivals or have an agent.  We didn’t have a distribution deal.  No one in Hollywood wanted to have “meetings” with us. What did we have?  A …

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 8 – deadCENTER Film Festival

The deadCENTER Film Festival is one of the best film festivals in the country. MovieMaker Magazine named it one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals” ever. We here at Team Paradise felt cool just being there.  And that we won an award definitely upped the coolness factor. By the time we got to deadCENTER with Paradise Recovered, Andie and I …

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