What psychology has to say about religious deconstruction
What happens when you deconstruct your faith?
Aside from all the theological messiness it brings, deconstruction brings with it a lot of personal trauma. Friends and family often distance themselves. Your church sometimes removes you from the pews. And often, you are left with nothing more than rubble where a seemingly unmovable building once stood. Enter Michelle Collins' debut book, Into the Gray: The Mental and Emotional Aftermath of Spiritual Deconstruction. Far from a "how-to" guide, this book is much more "pastoral" in that it allows the reader to check in with a fellow spiritual sojourner so that, by the end of its pages, they can say "me too."
Into the Gray is an insightful and unflinching book that explores:
Why religion, while an answer for some, is a problem for others
A deeper understanding of the process of belief and changing one's mind
How religious deconstruction aligns with the grief cycle
“Profoundly insightful, courageously honest, refreshingly practical, and deeply heartfelt.”Jim Palmer, Critically-acclaimed author of Divine Nobodies and Inner Anarchy
“Both riveting and humbling ... Brutally beautiful.”Brad Jersak, Dean of Theology & Culture, St. Stephen’s University, New Brunswick
”With vulnerability and wisdom she bears all on the page in a way that doesn’t leave us paralyzed but rather inspired to keep moving forward into the great unknown.”Phil Drysdale, Founder of TheDeconstructionNetwork.com and host of The Phil Drysdale Show
”This book will help you realize that you are not alone, that what you are experiencing is becoming more prevalent, and that you will be okay!”David Hayward, the NakedPastor
”It immediately drew me in like a friend who was having an honest conversation that was raw and everything I needed it to be.”PK Langley, Author of Religious Deconstruction: The Frustrated Grace Series
”A wise, feisty, and compassionate guide … a vital resource for your healing journey!”Mark Karris, Author of Religious Refugees
Michelle Collins is a wife and mother to four grown children. She served in the US Marine Corps and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Psychology as well as additional degrees in Biblical Studies and Christian Counseling. An introvert dedicated to fitness of both body and mind, Michelle possesses the rare ability to participate in a discussion and see both sides without disparaging those with whom she might disagree. She currently lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.